Andes Technology joins IFS alliance

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Andes Technology, a supplier of high efficiency, low-power 32/64-bit RISC-V processor cores and Founding Premier member of RISC-V International, has joined Intel Foundry Services’ effort to help build out its RISC-V Foundry Innovation Ecosystem.

Andes Technology offers a wide range of RISC-V processors and integrated hardware/software development environments used to design diversified SoCs. With the launch of Intel Foundry Service Accelerator – IP Alliance Program and Intel’s decision to make a significant investment in the RISC-V ecosystem for open-source software development, this partnership is seen as bringing significant advantages to customers who will be able to leverage IFS to manufacture their RISC-V systems on chip.

Andes’ AndeStar V5 RISC-V CPU IP families from the single-issue 25-series and 27-series to the superscalar 45-series will be available for IFS customers with hardware evaluation kit and software solution for easy SoC development and integration.

Going forward, Andes said that its RISC-V CPU IP families would support new IFS advanced processes when available.

“Active collaboration is the key to strengthen an ecosystem. We welcome Intel’s active participation to develop the RISC-V software ecosystem. We will provide our RISC-V processor platform and integrated software solution, on top of which Intel can base their development.” said Charlie Su, President and CTO of Andes Technology. “The total SoC shipments of Andes customers have surpassed the milestone of 10 billion in 2021, with 3 billion in 2021 alone. We are happy to learn Intel Foundry Services will be actively involved in RISC-V ecosystem and manufacture RISC-V based chips. It will help our customers to deliver their innovated SoCs, especially in the crunch time of the foundry capacities.”

A growing number of major semiconductor companies are adopting the RISC-V ISA and joining the RISC-V Ecosystem. It in turn helps advance the RISC-V ISA to meet the fast pace of new technology developments.

As a key player in the RISC-V ecosystem, Andes has been investing heavily in R&D to support the next-generation RISC-V processors for the emerging applications such as 5G, ADAS, AI/machine learning, AR /VR, blockchain, cloud computing, data centre server and HPC, IoT, storage, security, and wireless devices.