RISC-V (pronounced “risk-five”) is an instruction set architecture (ISA) that was originally designed to support computer architecture research and education and is now set become a standard open architecture for industry implementations under the governance of the RISC-V Foundation. RISC-V was originally developed in the Computer Science Division of the EECS Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
With its strong tooling support, growing ecosystem as well as very low barriers of adoption, RISC-V is very well positioned to replace many of the non-standard, proprietary cores still present in the industry today, allowing companies to offload the cost of developing and supporting custom toolchains and isolated ecosystems by utilizing an open standard.
Antmicro is a Platinum Founding member of the RISC-V Foundation as a natural consequence of our previous activity in open source and open hardware movements and our work encompassing embedded software, FPGA and hardware. We are strengthening the software ecosystem of RISC-V by e.g. maintaining the RISC-V port of the Zephyr RTOS, and actively participating in the marketing efforts of the Foundation to increase the awareness of RISC-V and its adoption in early applications, such as the AXIOM Gamma 4K camera or the RISC-V badge.