Microsemi is First FPGA Provider to Offer Open Architecture RISC-V IP Core and Comprehensive Software Solution for Embedded Designs

Microsemi Corporation, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced it is the first field programmable gate array (FPGA) provider to offer a comprehensive software tool chain and intellectual property (IP) core for RISC-V designs. The company’s RV32IM RISC-V core is available for Microsemi’s IGLOO™2 FPGAs, SmartFusion™2 system-on-chip (SoC) FPGAs or RTG4™ FPGAs, with an Eclipse-based SoftConsole integrated development environment (IDE) hosted on a Linux platform and the Libero SoC Design Suite providing full design support. Microsemi is the first field programmable gate array (FPGA) provider to offer a comprehensive software tool chain and intellectual property (IP) core for RISC-V designs. The company’s RV32IM RISC-V core is available for Microsemi’s IGLOO(TM)2 FPGAs, SmartFusion(TM)2 system-on-chip (SoC) FPGAs or RTG4(TM) FPGAs. Microsemi’s new RV32IM RISC-V core, developed in collaboration with SiFive, enables customers to design with an open instruction set architecture (ISA), enabling complete portability and a more secure processor architecture governed by a permissive BSD license. RISC-V is a new ISA which is now a standard open architecture under the governance of the RISC-V Foundation. RISC-V offers a compelling soft processor solution for Microsemi’s low power, reliable, secure FPGAs. The RV32IM RISC-V core unleashes a new generation of innovation for embedded designers. Now engineers can rely on an open ISA, without being tied to a single vendor and leverage open source tools and hardware. Never before has a processor allowed designers to inspect, modify, adapt, collaborate and migrate their design to the best platform for their product. Microsemi’s low power FPGAs with proven security and embedded flash are a natural fit for this new paradigm. “

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