Renesas and SiFive to jointly develop RISC-V solutions for automotive applications

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Renesas Electronics and SiFive, a leader in RISC-V processors and silicon solutions, have unveiled a strategic partnership to jointly develop next-generation, high-end RISC-V solutions for automotive applications.

The partnership will include SiFive licensing the use of their RISC-V core IP portfolio to Renesas.

“RISC-V is an important element in providing additional capabilities and options for new and existing customers,” said Takeshi Kataoka, Senior Vice President, General Manager of Automotive Solution Business Unit at Renesas. “We are very excited to work with SiFive as their lead partner to develop next-generation semiconductor solutions through the collaboration of our accumulated expertise in the automotive field, and SiFive’s high-end RISC-V technologies.”

Commenting Patrick Little, Chairman and CEO, SiFive, said, “Our roadmap of advanced, high-performance RISC-V processor cores and AI accelerators will deliver significant core performance increases with the capabilities needed to meet automotive application requirements, along with enhanced AI capabilities to power scalable, workload-accelerated solutions.”

Renesas provides a broad range of automotive solutions including ADAS, Autonomous Driving (AD), Electric Vehicles (EV), and Connected Gateway (CoGW) by utilizing a diverse portfolio of MCUs and system-on-chips (SoCs), as well as analogue and power products and has been looking at next-generation, high-performance RISC-V cores optimised for automotive applications to expand its high-end SoC and MCU development capabilities.

The SiFive Intelligence platform, based on SiFive RISC-V Vector processors with AI ISA extensions, features a differentiated software toolchain to enable the development of scalable solutions for AI and ML applications. SiFive RISC-V processors are pre-integrated with advanced trace, debug, and security solutions compatible with industry tools to simplify heterogeneous integration and migration. The SiFive RISC-V portfolio is silicon-proven and available in leading and advanced manufacturing foundries.