Samsung, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, MediaTek, Google and other 13 IT and semiconductor companies officially launched the global RISC-V software ecological project “RISE” in Brussels, Belgium today.
According to reports, the plan aims to accelerate the software ecological construction and application commercialization process of the new RISC-V architecture, and promote the marketization of RISC-V processors in the fields of mobile communications, data centers, edge computing, and autonomous driving.
The founding board of RISE consists of 13 members: Google, Intel, Pingtouge, Samsung, MediaTek, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Andes, Imagination, Red Hat, Rivos, SiFive, Ventana.
RISC-V is an open source instruction set architecture based on the reduced instruction set principle and is considered the best alternative to ARM. Founded in 2010 by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, the architecture is capable of producing products with similar performance to ARM chips, while also reducing chip area by about 50 percent and power consumption by 60 percent.
Most importantly, since RISC-V is open source, any manufacturer or individual who uses it does not need to pay patent fees. For these reasons, IT and semiconductor companies have been promoting RISC-V solutions.
At present, RISC-V has achieved some phased results. For example, Qualcomm began to equip its Snapdragon 865 processor with RISC-V microcontrollers in 2019. So far, it has supplied about 650 million RISC-V cores.
According to data from the RISC-V International Foundation, more than 100 RISC-V processors have been developed worldwide, and 10 billion of these processors will be shipped in 2022, and it is expected to exceed 80 billion in 2025.
According to previous reports, the upcoming ARM is trying to improve its profitability. It was previously reported that ARM adjusted its licensing policy. If ARM licenses a partner’s Cortex CPU, the partner cannot use its own GPU, ISP, NPU, and modem and other components. That would generate more revenue for ARM, but could threaten a chip with a new GPU that MediaTek and Nvidia are rumored to be working on together.