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RIOS Laboratory and Imagination announce partnership to grow the RISC-V ecosystem

Imagination Technologies and RIOS Laboratory have established a partnership, with Imagination opening up select GPU IP to the RISC-V International Open Source Laboratory (RIOS Lab).

The collaboration supports PicoRio, the first RISC-V development platform released by the RIOS Lab. It will enable the RIOS Lab to build a complete development platform and open-source ecosystem for RISC-V single-board computers.

Zhangxi Tan, Co-Director, RIOS Laboratory, said “Through the collaboration with Imagination, RIOS Lab will break the monopoly of commercial enterprises in the field of hardware processors. We’re delighted to have Imagination onboard and through further collaborations and the cultivation of talent in semiconductor and information industries, the RIOS Lab will become a significant global contributor of next-generation processors.”

With access to Imagination's IP, future development boards and other products developed by the RIOS Lab will include high-quality GPU display and image processing. Along with the RIOS RISC-V CPU core, memory, and other IP, the product will provide a complete development platform with a suite of open source software.

Commenting John Rayfield, Chief Technical Officer, GPU & Compute, Imagination, said, “By collaborating with the RIOS Lab, we’re able to provide a comprehensive GPU solution for those looking to design with the RISC-V architecture, while also supporting the development of an open-source ecosystem. We’re excited to be working with the RIOS Lab and seeing the this ecosystem grow.”

RISC-V is an open instruction set architecture based on the principle of reduced instruction set computing (RISC). The RIOS Lab uses collaborative engineering from both academia and industry to elevate the RISC-V software and hardware ecosystem. It is founded by David Patterson, a Turing Award laureate and world-renowned scientist in the field of computer architecture.

Neil Tyler

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