SiFive, the leading provider of commercial RISC-V processor IP, today announced a new member to its growing DesignShare economy: OPENEDGES, a provider of IPs for smart computing. The partnership makes available OPENEDGES’ ORBITTM Memory Controller IP to system developers via DesignShare, which enables customers incorporate world-class IP into their prototypes without having to pay for IP costs upfront.
With the ORBITTM Memory Controller, system designers can add DDR3, DDR4, LPDDR3, LPDDR4, LPDDR4x, GDDR6 and HBM2 to their SoCs. Its high-performance and low-power features unlock the full potential of DRAM technologies for many SoC use cases. OPENEDGES also will work with SiFive to extend its DesignShare IP portfolio to include ORBITTM Interconnect (OIC), Memory Management Unit, Last Level Cache and AI Accelerator.
“We are excited and proud to be a part of the DesignShare economy,” said Sean Lee, CEO and founder of OPENEDGES. “With our technologies, we hope to empower DesignShare customers to build their own SoC products, eventually contributing to and advancing the healthy growth of the broader SoC industry.”
DesignShare helps lower common barriers to entry that have historically blocked smaller companies from developing custom silicon. Companies like SiFive, OPENEDGES and other DesignShare partners provide low- or no-cost IP to emerging companies, reducing the upfront engineering costs typically required to bring a custom chip from design to realization. Through DesignShare’s secure ecosystem, OPENEDGES and other partnered IP companies can provide solutions for developers to quickly optimize their SoCs with the open platform.
“In an era where software is outpacing hardware, we strive to democratize the semiconductor industry and spur much-needed innovation,” said Shafy Eltoukhy, vice president of operations and head of DesignShare for SiFive. “With the addition of OPENEDGES to the DesignShare network, SiFive continues to level the playing field and simplify the SoC design process for all inventors and startups.”
Since DesignShare launched in 2017, the program has grown to include a wide range of IP solutions, from complete ASIC solutions and trace technology to embedded memory and precision PLL. For more information on DesignShare and to see the complete list of available technologies, visit www.sifive.com/designshare.
SiFive is the leading provider of market-ready processor core IP based on the RISC-V instruction set architecture. Led by a team of industry veterans and founded by the inventors of RISC-V, SiFive helps SoC designers reduce time-to-market and realize cost savings with customized, open-architecture processor cores, and democratizes access to optimized silicon by enabling system designers to build customized RISC-V based semiconductors. SiFive is located in Silicon Valley and has venture backing from Sutter Hill Ventures, Spark Capital, Osage University Partners, Intel Capital and Chengwei Capital, along with strategic partners Huami, SK Telecom and Western Digital. For more information, visit www.sifive.com.