Arteris and SiFive to accelerate RISC-V SoC design of Edge AI applications

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Arteris, a provider of system IP which accelerates system-on-chip (SoC) creation, and SiFive, the founder of RISC-V computing, are working together to help speed up Edge AI electronic product innovation for consumer electronics and industrial applications.

The combination of the SiFive Intelligence processor IP and Arteris Ncore interconnect IP will help to accelerate the design of Edge AI SoCs.

SiFive Intelligence X280, a multi-core capable RISC-V processor, provides a blend of performance, power efficiency, and an intuitive programming model, and enables various data-driven applications, including AI inference, image processing, data centre acceleration and other use cases. Arteris Ncore cache coherent interconnect IP is a configurable and scalable network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect for heterogeneous cache coherent systems-on-chip (SoCs).

The coupled solution will be able to deliver interoperability to speed up the development of Edge AI SoCs with high performance and power efficiency while reducing project schedules, integration complexity and costs.

As a consequence of this collaboration, SiFive has developed the SiFive 22G1 X280 Customer Reference Platform, incorporating a SiFive X280 processor IP and an Arteris Ncore cache coherent interconnect IP, which is available to run on the AMD Virtex UltraScale+ FPGA VCU118 Evaluation Kit.

“As companies push the performance of application-specific SoCs that not only include a growing number of processors, but also tremendously complex network-on-chip requirements, our collaboration with Arteris enables us to deliver optimised RISC-V solutions,” said Phil Dworsky, global head of strategic alliances at SiFive. “There is a growing class of complex SoCs that require a combination of best-in-class processor IP with both non-coherent and coherent NoCs, and we look to extend our technical collaboration going forward to accelerate the development of intelligent edge devices.”

In addition to the SiFive X280 processor and the Arteris Ncore interconnect, the SiFive 22G1 X280 Customer Reference Platform integrates a mix of peripherals to facilitate software development on a RISC-V Vector-enabled platform. SiFive also provides the Freedom SDK for Linux for software development with SiFive IP.

“Our goal is to follow the processor IP choices of our customers and be the leading system IP provider of the emerging RISC-V ecosystem,” said Frank Schirrmeister, vice president of solutions and business development at Arteris. “Our collaboration with SiFive supports our mission to be a catalyst for SoC innovation so our mutual customers can focus on dreaming up what comes next, creating innovative consumer electronics and industrial edge AI/ML products.”