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RISC-V Momentum Seen Growing in China


Andes, Gowin gear up cores, FPGAs

By Rick Merritt, EETimes - SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 15, 2018 – 

Momentum is growing in China for RISC-V, according to reports from two vendors at an event here. Andes detailed six cores it currently sells and four more in the works using the open-source instruction set architecture, and GoWin demonstrated FPGAs using them.

Overall, RISC-V shipments are still tiny compared to those of rivals such as Arm, but growth of its adoption and ecosystem “is moving in the right direction,” said one market watcher.



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“In China, pretty much every company is asking for RISC-V, and they think it should include everything” Arm cores have, said Charlie Su, chief technology officer for Andes, a Taiwan-based core vendor that does 30% of its business in the People’s Republic.

So far, Andes has 12 licensees worldwide for its RISC-V cores. Their uses range from storage servers and fingerprint recognizers to several AI apps, he said.

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