Program designed to enable open, low power, programmable RISC-V solutions

24-10-2017 | MicroSemi | Design Applications

Microsemi Corporation has released their new Mi-V ecosystem with industry leaders, to increase adoption of its RISC-V soft CPU product family. The announcement comes as the company also introduces Mi-V RV32IMA and additional FPGA-based soft CPU solutions ideally suited for designs utilizing RISC-V open ISAs.

“As a leader in RISC-V, we are pleased Microsemi is the first tier one vendor to build out a complete open RISC-V ecosystem, which not only supports our needs, but contributes to the entire development community,” said Jim Aralis, chief technology officer and vice president of advanced development at Microsemi. “Customers can now select RISC-V for their new designs knowing a tier one vendor committed to the success of this technology is providing all the necessary tools to confidently use RISC-V soft CPUs in their products.”

“Micrium is pleased to join Microsemi’s Mi-V ecosystem with our highly dependable uC/OS-II real-time kernel, a full-featured embedded operating system,” said Jean Labrosse, co-founder and chief architect at Micrium. “As RISC-V continues to grow in popularity, we look forward to working closely with Microsemi to support accelerated adoption of its RISC-V soft CPU product offerings as well as the entire ecosystem’s RISC-V advancements.”

“Express Logic is pleased to be a foundational part of Microsemi’s Mi-V RISC-V ecosystem,” said William E. Lamie, president, Express Logic. “Our X-Ware Internet-of-Things (IoT) platform, including the industry-leading ThreadX RTOS with over 6.2 billion deployments, is the preferred embedded software platform for all designs requiring industrial-grade run-time solutions—making us an ideal fit for this new consortium.”

“The open source, royalty-free RISC-V instruction set creates a new business model for CPU designers that is garnering increasing interest and support,” said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst with The Linley Group, which named the RISC-V ISA “Best Technology of 2016” at its annual Analysts' Choice Awards in January 2017. “By introducing the RV32IM CPU core with support from the Mi-V ecosystem, Microsemi will play an important role in boosting the adoption of RISC-V.”

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