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RISC-V demand helps UltraSoC expand in Bristol

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By Peter Clarke


The company is creating five jobs in Bristol and has appointed Marcin Hlond, as director of system engineering, based there. The company added that it would also continue to expand its head count at its Cambridge headquarters. Hlond has 20 years of experience gained at Blu Wireless, Nivida and Icera.

UltraSoC’s IP cores provide embedded debug and analytic features for designers of SoCs to support multicore software integration and dynamic performance-power trade offs as well as safety and security functions. These have been in demand for automotive SoCs where the move towards autonomous vehicles; optimization in big data applications, from Internet search to data centers; and security for the Internet of Things, the company claims.

On top to this there are developments in Open Source hardware, such as the RISC-V processor architecture, that UltraSoC is supporting closely.

The expansion was enabled by positive customer traction and a recent $6m round of equity funding (see Debug IP firm draws investors, raises £5m), UltraSoC said.

“There’s a perfect storm of factors revolutionizing the technology business from top to bottom,” commented Rupert Baines, UltraSoC CEO, in a statement. “This goes far beyond the semiconductor industry. We’re seeing the emergence of ‘self-aware’, self-optimizing systems, including technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence.”

“For those of us focused on the semiconductor industry, we’re seeing a move away from the established single-vendor hegemony towards a much more open and almost ‘democratic’ design model,” Baines continued. “This is exemplified by the RISC-V initiative, in which UltraSoC plays a leading role. At the same time, our technology, embedded deep in silicon chips and unseen by the wider world, answers many of the broader questions facing tech companies today.”

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UltraSoC has recently announced that it will provide debug and trace technology for the SiFive Freedom platform, based on the RISC-V open source processor specification as part of the DesignShare initiative. UltraSoC’s embedded analytics IP will be available through the recently announced SiFive DesignShare ecosystem.

Baines added that the engineering base and demand around RISC-V is accelerating quickly.

Baines said that UltraSoC is now in double figures for licensees of its IP. Customers include HiSilicon (Huawei), Imagination Technologies, Movidius (now Intel), and Microsemi and UltraSoC partners with ARM, Baysand, Cadence, CEVA, Codasip, Imagination, Lauterbach, SiFive, Sondrel and Teledyne LeCroy, amongst others.

Related links and articles:

www.ultrasoc.com

www.sifive.com

News articles:

Debug IP firm draws investors, raises £5m

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Sondrel to create 100 engineering jobs

Ultrasoc, Sondrel team up on debug IP


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