• The FE310 is in a Museum – Which is Pretty Cool
    Jack Kang, vice president of product and business development, SiFive, June 14, 2017

    It’s been quite busy the past month and change for SiFive and the RISC-V community. On May 4, we unveiled our Coreplex IP, radically redefining the process by which you can license and buy custom IP. The Coreplex IP launch was followed by a panel at Maker Faire Bay Area, where we got to chat with American computer engineering pioneer Dave Patterson and other panelists about RISC-V and the future of open-source hardware (pictured below).

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  • SiFive; the journey to becoming the easiest company to do business with!
    Sander Arts, May 7, 2017

    Last week, SiFive announced the immediate availability of its Coreplex IP, the fastest and easiest way to license RISC-V cores. It sounds like another announcement from another tech company. However, it isn’t if you read the press release that was sent out to the world. I think Yunsup Lee, CTO and co-founder of SiFive explains it well in there:

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  • Employee Q&A: Introducing Renxin Xia
    Staff, March 15, 2017

    The best things about SiFive’s continued growth are the people we hire. This is the first of what we hope are many profiles of SiFive’s staff. Today, we speak with SiFive’s newest hire, VP of Engineering Renxin Xia. Here’s what he had to say after his first week at SiFive:

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  • RISC-V GCC is upstreamed!
    Andrew Waterman, March 3, 2017

    I’m thrilled to announce a milestone in RISC-V’s adoption within the open-source software community: GCC, the popular compiler for GNU/Linux systems, has accepted the RISC-V backend for inclusion in its next release. We expect GCC 7.1 will ship with RISC-V support in late April. A robust compiler underpins nearly all other software development, and so I expect the availability of the GCC port will accelerate the development of applications, runtime libraries, and operating systems for RISC-V.

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  • Women in Open Source: You DO Belong Here
    Megan Wachs, February 8, 2017

    Hi. I’m Megan. And I’m a woman working on RISC-V hardware.

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  • Stronger Together – Collaborating with OnChip to Expand the Open-Source Hardware Ecosystem
    Jack Kang, January 26, 2017

    Here at SiFive, we believe that open-source and mass customization are going to change the semiconductor industry. While working with open-source software is well understood by (most) companies and individuals, open-source hardware is still a new concept.

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  • The Alternative That Continues to Matter
    Andrew Waterman, Co-Founder and Chief Engineer at SiFive, January 19, 2017

    SiFive was founded on one simple belief: that open source and mass customization are the answer to the end of conventional transistor scaling and escalating chip design costs. The free and open RISC-V ISA has been central to our vision of enabling a whole new range of applications for everyone — even the smallest company, inventor or maker. We wanted to free silicon — and we firmly believed that RISC-V was the critical first step.

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  • Custom Chips For Under $100K
    Jack Kang, December 20, 2016

    It was exciting to see how much activity has developed around RISC-V and SiFive at the recent 5th Workshop here in Silicon Valley. No doubt there’s still work to be done, but the ecosystem has come such a long way in the past 12 months. Once again, the workshop was sold out! More than 350 attendees, 107 companies and 20 universities were represented, and those people were all in awe when they saw SiFive’s real silicon come out with the message that SiFive is open for MORE business. The community also was impressed that we made open-source RTL code available online for our Freedom SoCs. All this news marked a milestone for a still nascent open-source hardware movement.

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  • The Best “Three-Month Project” Ever
    Yunsup Lee, Co-Founder and CTO at SiFive, November 29, 2016

    A couple weeks ago, Jack and I traveled to Taiwan. Not that unusual for those of us in the semiconductor industry used to making a pilgrimage to visit customers and partners. This trip, however, was big for us, and we brought back the best “souvenirs” ever – the first ever commercially available RISC-V SoCs!

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  • An Ace Up Our Sleeve?
    Jack Kang, November 9, 2016

    In a recent post, Yunsup shared some of the successes and challenges we’ve faced in our first year as SiFive. Little did we know when that post went live, we’d be able to follow it up with yet another measure of success: Late last week, we learned that SiFive has been shortlisted as a finalist for UBM’s ACE Award for Startup of the Year!

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  • A Year in Good Company
    Yunsup Lee, Co-Founder and CTO at SiFive, November 3, 2016

    San Francisco, Brannan Street. While Giants fans pour out of AT&T Park, SiFive employees walk out of the office after another long day of coding. Building a startup isn’t glamorous, and it’s understood that only those who put in the hard work and extra effort will make it through.

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  • Don’t Fall for an Old-Fashioned Tech Con Job
    Jack Kang, October 25, 2016

    Having worked in the semiconductor industry for over 12 years, I’ve learned one universal truth: IP companies can be notoriously difficult to work with. Unless you are one of the larger chipmakers, you’ll likely find that IP firms simply won’t make time for your design.

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  • Why The Time is Right for Open Source Hardware and ‘Chips as a Service’
    Sander Arts, September 20, 2016

    The open source software movement has been credited as a key driver of the birth of the Internet Age. Without developments such as Linux; the free Apache Web-server platform; and tools such as Java, Perl and Ruby, the Web as we know it would likely not have been possible.

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  • Why Open Source is the New Way to Build Silicon
    Stefan Dyckerhoff, August 10, 2016

    It’s no secret the semiconductor industry is in a state of flux and consolidation. As a New York Times’ headline recently screamed, “Semiconductor Industry Shrinks Some More With Latest Deal.” In the month of July alone: Analog Devices snapped up Linear Technology; Cypress closed its acquisition of Broadcom’s IoT assets; Infineon bought Wolfspeed. And then there was the deal of all deals – SoftBank acquired ARM.

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