Tuesday 18th May 2021

High-end RISC-V solutions to be developed by Renesas and SiFive

Published on April 21st, 2021

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, and SiFive, Inc., a provider in RISC-V processors and silicon solutions, announced a strategic partnership.

Together they plan to jointly develop “next-generation, high-end” RISC-V solutions for automotive applications. The partnership will also include SiFive licensing the use of their RISC-V core IP portfolio to Renesas. 

“RISC-V is an important element in providing additional capabilities and options for new and existing customers,” says Takeshi Kataoka, SVP, and general manager of automotive solution business unit at Renesas.

“We are very excited to work with SiFive as their lead partner to develop next-generation semiconductor solutions through the collaboration of our accumulated expertise in the automotive field, and SiFive’s high-end RISC-V technologies.”

“We are excited to collaborate with Renesas to develop next-generation automotive solutions powered by the SiFive Intelligence platform,” comments Patrick Little, chairman and CEO, SiFive. “Our roadmap of advanced, high-performance RISC-V processor cores and AI accelerators will deliver significant core performance increases with the capabilities needed to meet Automotive application requirements, along with enhanced AI capabilities to power scalable, workload-accelerated solutions.”

Renesas provides automotive solutions including ADAS, Autonomous Driving (AD), Electric Vehicles (EV), and Connected Gateway (CoGW) to customers all over the world by utilising its diverse portfolio of microcontrollers (MCUs) and system-on-chips (SoCs), as well as analog and power products.

With a safe, comfortable, and environmentally-conscious society of future mobility in mind, Renesas is exploring the use of next-generation, high-performance RISC-V cores optimised for automotive applications to expand high-end SoC and MCU development capabilities to continue providing innovative and trusted automotive solutions to customers worldwide.

The SiFive Intelligence platform, based on SiFive RISC-V Vector processors with AI ISA extensions, features a differentiated software toolchain to enable the development of scalable solutions for AI and ML applications.

SiFive RISC-V processors are pre-integrated with advanced trace, debug, and security solutions compatible with industry tools to simplify heterogeneous integration and migration. The SiFive RISC-V portfolio is silicon-proven and available in advanced manufacturing foundries, offering flexibility for customers and partners.

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