November 08, 2017

SiFive Named as Finalist for Two ACE Awards

SiFive, the first fabless provider of customized, open-source-enabled semiconductors, has once again made the shortlist for two UBM Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards. Honored this year were the developers of the HiFive1 for "Design Team of the Year," and Jack Kang, SiFive vice president of product and business development as one of the finalists for "Executive of the Year."

The ACE Awards, which will be given in partnership with EE Times and EDN at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 6, showcase the best of the best in today’s electronics industry. The "Design Team of the Year" category honors teams with creative, efficient and inspiring capabilities that contributed to the advancement of technology. The "Executive of the Year" category recognizes leaders who have a significant impact in the electronics market and demonstrate outstanding growth in business. The awards are judged by a panel comprising UBM editors and dignitaries from the electronics industry.

The HiFive1 dramatically redefined the process by which companies, system architects, makers and dreamers can get their hands on custom silicon. HiFive1 and the open-source FE310 SoC that it features share a completely new approach to the traditional process of designing and producing silicon. The HiFive1 development team was led by engineer Megan Wachs and includes Albert Ou, Han Chen, Henry Cook, Henry Styles, Jacob Chang, Richard Xia and Wesley Terpstra, as well as SiFive co-founders Andrew Waterman, Yunsup Lee and Krste Asanovic.

"To make the shortlist against such competition shows our continued dedication to progress in the semiconductor industry," said Naveed Sherwani, CEO, SiFive. "We are honored to be nominated for two consecutive years and are excited to continue our mission to democratize access to custom silicon."

SiFive was recognized as "Startup of the Year" by the UBM ACE Awards in 2016. Since then, the company has developed and launched several new initiatives including its RISC-V Core IP and spearheading the DesignShare economy that enables any company, inventor or maker the ability to harness the power of custom silicon.

The ACE Awards event will take place at the San Jose Convention Center in conjunction with Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley.

About SiFive

SiFive is the first fabless provider of customized semiconductors based on the free and open RISC-V instruction set architecture. Founded by RISC-V inventors Yunsup Lee, Andrew Waterman and Krste Asanovic, SiFive democratizes access to custom silicon by helping system designers reduce time-to-market and realize cost savings with customized RISC-V based semiconductors. SiFive is located in Silicon Valley and has venture backing from Sutter Hill Ventures, Spark Capital and Osage University Partners. For more information, visit


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