Article: European Processor Initiative Tapes Out Their First RISC-V Test Chip

Hardware, Open Source, Software

European Processor Initiative Tapes Out Their First RISC-V Test Chip

The EPI recently announced that it has developed its first RISC-V device, the EPAC1.0, a RISC vector processor using the RISC-V ISA. Using the RISC-V architecture, the device can work with software libraries and other developments in the RISC-V environment. Furthermore, RISC-V removes the need for royalties and licenses when manufacturing processors that free the EPI from any outside commercial interest.

While RISC-V is nowhere near as popular as x86 or ARM, it is starting to gain traction and will undoubtedly become a major competitor. In addition, the use of an open-source ISA enables any manufacturer to create their own code-compatible CPU without worrying about licenses or royalties, which supports the development of lower-priced processors and encourages the use of open-source hardware.

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Article: Open Source FPGA Launches Foundation to Accelerate Widespread Adoption of Programmable Logic

Hardware, Open Source, Software

Open Source FPGA Launches Foundation to Accelerate Widespread Adoption of Programmable Logic

Open source technology will be a critical component for FPGA companies and will help raise industry-wide capabilities by sharing both innovation and best practices. OSFPGA Foundation will ensure that tools are of highest quality, meet and exceed industry standards, and are fully open sourced. The foundation will assist in enabling solutions to all FPGA-related software and hardware problems, as well as increase commercial confidence that open source hardware and software are low-risk and long-term viable options. OSFPGA will work to provide broad educational opportunities to facilitate FPGA technologies.

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