SiFive Launches Freedom FOSS SoC Platforms
SiFive on Monday announced its flagship Freedom family of system on a chip platforms.
The platforms are based on the free and open source.RISC-V Instruction architecture is the Based Part Of This Platform.That is Created by the Some company founders in University of California at Berkeley.The Sfive’s Freedom U500 and E300 Platforms are take new Features and approaches to SoCs. This platforms are redefining traditional silicon business models Redirecting the industry’s increasingly high licensing, design and implementation costs.
The Software costing is big part of taking any chip to production,”The costs vary wildly, but the software engineer to hardware engineer ratio at semiconductor companies tends to be one-to-one, if not higher, these days,” he told Linux Insider.
The Freedom Famliy consider of Linux-capable embedded application processors featuring multicore RISC-V CPUs running at 1.6 GHz or higher. The Freedom U500, from the family, uses 28nm processors and targets machine learning, storage and networking. It supports standard high-speed peripherals including PCI3 3.0, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet and DDR3/DDR4
The Freedom Family Everywhere Designed by the embedded microcontroller . The Freedom E300 platform supports RISC-V compressed instructions, which reduce code size up to 30 percent.”SiFive’s Freedom family of SoC platforms is the first commercially available open source enabled semiconductors on the market,” Kang said. “SiFive also licenses Coreplex IP.”
Full field-programmable gate array models of each SoC are available through SiFive now.They also can also deal and purchase development boards with the Microsemi SmartFusion 2 SoC FPGA .
The RISC-V instruction set architecture specification is open sourced under the BSD license, Kang said, so anyone is free to use and implement it.The Platinum member of foundation including Nvidia,Microsoft and Google.
Possible RISC-V Issues:-
Open source solutions do reduce some of the license fees, and should open the ecosystem to a larger community, McGregor suggested. Another sticky point is that the final pricing of the product hasn’t been disclosed.RISC-V has “not been proven to be able to survive challenges to implementation design patents from potential competitors,” said Tirias Principal Analyst Kevin Krewell.
The Best Opportunity of The RISC-V ISNEW Market Such as India And China.
SiFive’s goal is to design custom SoCs based on the RISC-V architecture, so the products it has introduced “are really just development and proof-of-concept solutions,” McGregor said. “But it’s a good start.”