Renesas partners with SiFive for RISC-V automotive solutions

April 21, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Renesas partners with SiFive for RISC-V automotive solutions
So far, the RISC-V open source processor architecture has been conspicuous by its absence in automotive electronics. This is about to change: The Japanese chip manufacturer has announced a strategic partnership with fabless IP provider SiFive, Inc, the probably number one player in ther RISC-V market.

“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 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.” 

SiFive Chairman and CEO Patrick Little expressed himself in a similar way. “Our roadmap of 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, Autonomous Driving (AD), Electric Vehicles (EV), and Connected Gateway (CoGW) to customers, drawing on the strong market footprint of its microcontrollers and system-on-chips.

Now Renesas is exploring the use of next-generation, high-performance RISC-V cores optimized for automotive applications to expand high-end SoC and MCU development capabilities to continue providing innovative and trusted automotive solutions to customers worldwide.

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

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