OpenHW Group has recruited 13 sponsor organizations and hopes to expand this to 25 by the end of the year. The organisation is headed by Founder and CEO, Rick O’Connor. OpenHW Group is a member of the RISC-V Foundation of which O’Connor was Executive Director until May this year. OpenHW Group has also entered into a strategic partnership with the Eclipse Foundation.
The 13 OpenHW sponsors are Alibaba, Bluespec, CMC Microsystems, Embecosm, ETH Zurich (University), GreenWaves, Imperas, Metrics, Mythic AI, NXP, Onespin, Silicon Labs and Thales.
The OpenHW Group is looking drive greater awareness, understanding and availability of open-source processor implementations, serving developers of processor cores and hardware and software engineers who design SoCs. There has been greater interest in open ISAs since RISC-V debuted.
O’Connor explains, “If you design or are looking for open-source processor IP, OpenHW Group is an organization for collaborating with like-minded engineers. If you’re an SoC designer, you don’t have to design from scratch; we will help you accelerate your design process by supplying you with a growing range of proven processor IP options, all available within an expanding, high-quality ecosystem. For example, for RISC-V-based processors, we’re introducing the CORE-V family of cores, which supports system-on-chip (SoC) hardware and software designers with a quality and manufacturability assurance when adopting RISC-V processor core IP.”
Rob Oshana, Chairman of the Board, OpenHW Group and VP Software Engineering, NXP said, “The electronics industry is embracing open-source processor technologies at an unprecedented rate. At NXP we believe there’s a need to create a deep ecosystem to support adoption of the RISC-V ISA. This includes various components – middleware, stacks and tools – all aligned to move the architecture forward.”