December 08, 2020

SiFive Wins 3rd Consecutive Title of Most Respected Private Semiconductor Company

RISC-V Leader Recognized by Global Semiconductor Alliance For Developing RISC-V-based IP Solutions to Solve Next-Generation Computing Challenges

San Mateo, CA - December 8, 2020 - SiFive, Inc., the leading provider of commercial RISC-V processor IP and custom silicon solutions, today announced it has been recognized for the third consecutive year as the Most Respected Private Semiconductor Company by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) at the GSA Awards Virtual Dinner on Dec 3rd, 2020. This recognition caps an extraordinary year that generated the highest ever levels of interest in platforms based on RISC-V, driving SiFive’s Series E investment round to secure over $200M total funding to date and enabling further development of innovative new technology.

SiFive’s inspiring third consecutive win of the private company award is a testament to the reputation for leadership that SiFive enjoys,” said Jodi Shelton, GSA CEO and Co-Founder. “I’m pleased to see the membership of the GSA continuing to support innovation and opportunity, and recognizing the hard work and dedication of everyone at SiFive.” “From the beginning, SiFive’s mission has been to bring the power of the RISC-V architecture to the semiconductor industry,” said Patrick Little, President and CEO of SiFive. “This award recognizes that vision and the innovation and execution of the SiFive team as we continue to enable production RISC-V silicon.”

SiFive’s portfolio of processor Core IP is based on the free and open RISC-V instruction set architecture, invented by the founders of SiFive, 10 years ago. Development of the RISC-V ISA and extensions is governed by RISC-V International, in open working groups composed of technology leaders and company representatives. Designed for scalability, SiFive RISC-V-based Core IP can be tailored to individual SoC workload requirements through the award-winning Core Designer tool and focused further using custom instructions.

The SiFive HiFive boards enable developers to create RISC-V applications and optimize code for the free and open instruction set architecture. The new SiFive HiFive Unmatched board is a Linux-capable development system featuring SiFive 7-Series processor cores, and modern PC form factor and expansion capabilities. Originally specified to feature 8GB DDR4 RAM, the HiFive Unmatched is being updated to include 16GB DDR4 memory, at no increase in price. The HiFive Unmatched board will now ship in mid-Q1 2021 and is available for pre-order now.

SiFive recently announced the SiFive Intelligence VIU7 Linux-capable processor architecture, based on the RISC-V Vector extension to enable a single processing and development environment for scalar and high-performance vector processing applications, such as artificial intelligence, computer vision, and high-performance computing. At the RISC-V Summit 2020, SiFive Chief Architect and co-inventor of RISC-V, Krste Asanovic, will announce details of the new SiFive Intelligence VIS7 processor architecture, based on the silicon-proven SiFive S7 and optimized for deterministic real-time processing platform requirements such as on-device decisions at the edge and end-point. Register for the RISC-V Summit with code SiFive for a 25% discount on conference or all-access passes with on-demand videos and networking opportunities with the leaders of RISC-V.

The BBC HiFive Inventor heralds a new educational technology collaboration between BBC Learning, Tynker, and SiFive, culminating in the Doctor Who Coding Kit. The BBC HiFive Inventor is the perfect introduction to learning how to code, for children aged 7 and up. The self-paced, home-based learning environment is powered by the award-winning Tynker software platform and features the voice of the Thirteenth Doctor, Jodie Whitaker, narrating guided instructional courses. For more information or to purchase, please visit

SiFive leaders and experts are attending and presenting at the RISC-V Summit 2020, an online virtual event held on December 8th & 9th. Please visit the virtual SiFive booth at the RISC-V Summit here to learn more about SiFive from our experts and also get a chance to win one of two HiFive Unmatched boards in a free sweepstakes drawing. You can hear more from Patrick Little, SiFive CEO and President, about the GSA Award win, here.

About SiFive
SiFive is the leading provider of processor cores, accelerators, and SoC IP to create domain-specific architecture based on the free and open RISC-V instruction set architecture. SiFive offers scalable, configurable processor cores pre-integrated with security, trace, and debug features for workload-specific accelerator designs. Founded by the inventors of RISC-V, SiFive has 15 design centers worldwide and backing from Sutter Hill Ventures, SK hynix, Qualcomm Ventures, Western Digital, Intel Capital, Spark Capital, Osage University Partners, and Prosperity7 Ventures. For more information, please visit

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