Partners to develop next-generation high-end RISC-V solutions

23-04-2021 | Renesas | Automotive Technologies

Renesas Electronics Corporation and SiFive have announced a strategic partnership to jointly develop next-generation, high-end RISC-V solutions for automotive applications. The partnership will also incorporate SiFive licensing the usage 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,” said Takeshi Kataoka, senior vice president, 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,” said 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, AD, EV, and CoGW to customers all over the world by using its diverse portfolio of industry-leading MCUs and SoCs, as well as analog and power products. With a safe, comfortable, and environmentally-conscious society of future mobility in mind, the company explores the usage of next-generation, high-performance RISC-V cores optimised for automotive applications to expand high-end SoC and MCU development capabilities to continue offering innovative and trusted automotive solutions to customers worldwide.

The SiFive Intelligence platform, based on SiFive RISC-V Vector processors with AI ISA extensions, provides a differentiated software toolchain to facilitate the development of scalable solutions for AI and ML applications. Its RISC-V processors are pre-integrated with advanced trace, debug, and security solutions compatible with industry tools to simplify heterogeneous integration and migration. Their portfolio is silicon-proven and offered in leading and advanced manufacturing foundries, providing flexibility for customers and partners.

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