RELEASE: Major Semiconductor Industry Players Join Forces to Accelerate RISC-V

Establishment of a new company to drive the RISC-V ecosystem and hardware development.

RELEASE: Major Semiconductor Industry Players Join Forces to Accelerate RISC-V

Establishment of a new company to drive the RISC-V ecosystem and hardware development

BERLIN, Aug. 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Semiconductor industry players Robert Bosch GmbH, Infineon Technologies AG, Nordic Semiconductor, NXP® Semiconductors and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. have come together to jointly invest in a company aimed at to promote the adoption of RISC-V globally by enabling the development of next-generation hardware.

Formed in Germany, this company will aim to accelerate the commercialization of future products based on the open source RISC-V architecture. The company will be a single source to enable compliant RISC-V based products, provide reference architectures, and help establish solutions widely used in the industry. The initial focus of the application will be automotive, but with an eventual expansion to include mobile devices and IoT.

At its core, RISC-V encourages innovation, allowing any company to develop cutting-edge custom hardware based on an open source instruction set. Greater adoption of RISC-V technology will promote even more diversity in the electronics industry, lowering the barriers to entry for smaller and emerging companies and allowing for greater scalability for established companies.

The company calls on industry associations, leaders, and governments to join forces in support of this initiative that will help increase the resilience of the broader semiconductor ecosystem.

Company formation will be subject to regulatory approvals in various jurisdictions.

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Robert Bosch GmbH "Bosch is convinced that initiatives promoting open RISC-V specifications will take the global mobility market a step further. The now-planned initiative will go a long way in establishing a reliable and efficient semiconductor ecosystem with based in the EU," said Jens Fabrowsky, Bosch's executive vice president and head of the semiconductor business.

Infineon Technologies AG"As vehicles become software-defined and reliability requirements increase due to electrification and connectivity, for example, as well as through trends such as autonomous driving, there is a general need for standardization and compatibility of the ecosystem across the industry, with CPUs being a key intellectual property. We are proud to support the establishment of reliable RISC-V based automotive products with this initiative. The knowledge and experience of major market players will unlock the full potential of RISC-V in the automotive industry," said Peter Schiefer, division president of Infineon's automotive division.

Nordic Semiconductor"Nordic Semiconductor is a committed and enthusiastic supporter of the RISC-V initiative and is ready to take the project forward. Nordic IoT solutions represent the cutting edge of low power wireless technology and to maintain that position, it is critical that "Let's maintain continuous access to efficient and powerful embedded chips. An open collaboration with like-minded companies to continually improve the innovative RISC-V chip IP and ensure a robust and reliable supply of the technology is the ideal response to this challenge," said Svein- Egil Nielsen, CTO/EVP R

NXP Semiconductors"NXP is proud to be part of a new EU-based joint effort to pioneer fully certified RISC-V-based IP and architectures, initially for the automotive industry. Creating a one-stop ecosystem where customers can select turnkey assets will strengthen the adoption of RISC-V in many European industries," said Lars Reger, executive vice president and chief technology officer of NXP Semiconductors. "We thank the Artificial Intelligence Center Hamburg (ARIC) e.V. for their support of this collaboration."

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "We are excited to join with other industry players to drive the expansion of the RISC-V ecosystem through the development of next-generation hardware. Qualcomm Technologies has been investing in RISC-V for more than five years and "We have integrated RISC-V microcontrollers into many of our commercial platforms. We believe that the RISC-V open source instruction set will increase innovation and has the potential to transform the industry," said Ziad Asghar, Senior Vice President of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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