Western Digital is known for its storage products. What many do not realize is that the company ships over 1 billion processor cores within its products each year and is moving toward 2 billion per year. At the workshop, Western Digital CTO Martin Fink announced that over the next few years those billion plus processors will be transitioned over to RISC-V.
SiFive, the first fabless provider of customized, open-source-enabled semiconductors, today announced that Think Silicon, a leader in developing ultra-low power graphics IP technology, has joined the growing DesignShare economy. Through DesignShare, Think Silicon will make its complementary NEMA®|GPU and NEMA®|dc IP available for SiFive’s Freedom SoCs Platform at reduced upfront investment from customers.
SiFive announced today that it has joined GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ FDXcelerator™ Partner Program, and will be making RISC-V CPU IP including SiFive’s E31 and E51 RISC-V cores available on GF’s 22FDX® process technology. Based on the open source RISC-V ISA, the SiFive E31 offers embedded chip designers new capabilities in high performance within strict area and power requirements, and the SiFive E51 offers a full 64-bit performance at 32-bit price, power and area.
At the 7th RISC-V Workshop today, SiFive, the first fabless provider of customized, open-source-enabled semiconductors, announced a number of new partnerships and products that exemplify the company’s rapid growth over the past year. These announcements provide further proof of SiFive’s leadership in aligning with industry leaders to spur innovation in the plateauing semiconductor industry as well as the company’s ability to meet increased demand for open access to custom silicon. The adoption of SiFive’s RISC-V Core IP continues to grow, with more than 150 evaluation licenses in progress.
One of the barriers to silicon success has always been design costs, especially if you are an emerging company or targeting an emerging market such as IoT. Today design start costs are dominated by IP which is paid at the start of the project and that is after costly IP evaluations and other IP verification and integration challenges. Given that, reducing design costs and enabling design starts has always been a major industry focus starting with the fabless semiconductor transformation that began 30 years ago, which brings us to the DesignShare announcement made by SiFive and Flex Logix last week.
SiFive and FlexLogix have teamed up to offer embedded FPGAs in the DesignShare development program. This is the third IP vendor that SemiAccurate knows of to join that program and it is an interesting idea. SiFive’s DesignShare program is unique in it’s aim to lower the barriers of entry for companies interested in making silicon.