Intel and partners join for RISC-V development push

By Chris Edwards |  No Comments  |  Posted: August 31, 2022
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Intel’s foundry operation has recruited a number of partners from the RISC-V ecosystem to build a program and development environment that is intended to ease the process of building around the RISC-V family of processors.

Intel claimed its Pathfinder for RISC-V will transform the way SoC architects and system software developers define new products. The integrated development environment (IDE) at the heart of Pathfinder is designed to allow for a variety of RISC-V cores and other IP to be instantiated on FPGA and simulator platforms, supported by operating systems and various EDA and software tools.

The company claims the approach will save time in assembling and testing different IP combinations in a single environment and allow the project to move forward easily to create custom silicon and application software.

“Intel Pathfinder for RISC-V represents our ongoing commitment to accelerate the adoption of RISC-V and catalyze the ecosystem around an open-source and standards-based vision,” said Vijay Krishnan, general manager of RISC-V ventures at Intel.

Intel Pathfinder is being made initially in two versions: the Starter Edition and the Professional Edition. The Starter Edition is intended for the hobbyist, academia and research community and is available as a free download. The Professional Edition comes with broad ecosystem support, and targets organizations involved in commercial RISC-V based silicon and software. This edition will be made available based on customer needs and underlying product capabilities.

The chipmaker has recruited close to 20 partners so far, including EDA companies Cadence Design Systems, Codasip, Imperas Software, and Siemens EDA as well as a variety of both open-source and commercial processor-core providers.

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