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RISC-V vs. ARM and Intel: RISC-V Proving a ‘Dangerous’ Competitor

Last month, global online tech publication The Register issued an article whose title both asked and answered a burning question on the minds of semiconductor, hardware, and software design companies around the world: “How risky is RISC-V to ARM, Intel and the others? Very.”

RISC-V’s rising power.

Writer Rupert Goodwins delves into the legacy and limits of traditional, proprietary architecture companies like Intel and even ARM. He notes that companies are beginning to realize the drawbacks of a monolithic approach to CPU design, while recognizing the immense potential of RISC-V: the ability to add features to your instruction set as you need; the power to fine-tune your cores and designs to your liking.

But Goodwins goes further. Beyond trumpeting the momentum and advantages of RISC-V open source instruction set architecture, he astutely notes the greatest challenge for those looking to use RISC-V:

“Designing architectural innovations in silicon is like architecture in brick; easy enough on paper, but until you build the bugger you can’t be sure it won’t fall down… The good news for the RISC-V ecosystem is that verification tools are appearing that automate the process.”

RISC-V Tools. RISC-V Expertise.

We’re incredibly grateful for articles like these that articulate both the rise of RISC-V and the need for RISC-V verification tools that can help teams “automate the process,” establishing productization and verification environments on par with those of proprietary IP companies. It’s the only way to ensure that your RISC-V projects are designed safely and efficiently in a complete RISC-V ecosystem.

Check out the full article here.

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Posted by on April 01, 2020
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