The RISC-V open standard instruction set architecture (ISA) has come a long way since it was introduced in August 2014, and according to RISC-V International, the architecture has already been used inside over a billion chips. But this is only the beginning, as the organization forecasts the technology to land into 16 billion chips by 2030.
At the ongoing RISC-V Summit, Calista Redmond, the chief executive of RISC-V International, demonstrated a slide that forecasts RISC-V adoption to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 40% in the coming years. As a result, by 2030, the instruction set architecture will be used inside 16 billion system-on-chips, which is a massive increase from around 1 billion so far. The actual prediction comes from the SHD Group, which is set to make its RISC-V report available in December.
"We are already in billions of cores around the world, and some analysts have even pointed out that it is getting hard to find any new design starts that do not include RISC-V," said Redmond. "RISC-V is the most profound technical revolution of our time."
RISC-V is widely used for microcontrollers today. For example, Qualcomm uses RISC-V for microcontrollers that accompany its mobile system-on-chips. However, the technology is expanding rapidly, so we are seeing companies like Meta, Intel, Tenstorrent, and Ventana develop RISC-V-based solutions for artificial intelligence and high-performance computing. Over time, the technology will expand even further, for example, to GPUs, like with Imagination and Venata's nascent GPU program.
To make RISC-V-based processors competitive against those powered by Arm and x86 architectures, RISC-V needs a more robust software and hardware ecosystem. Apparently, both are developing at a rapid pace. Currently, RISC-V is supported by over 4,000 software development companies from across the world, and there are plenty of motherboards aimed at software and hardware designers available from the industry.
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Anton Shilov is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Over the past couple of decades, he has covered everything from CPUs and GPUs to supercomputers and from modern process technologies and latest fab tools to high-tech industry trends.
A RISC-V future would be more beneficial for us as users and consumers than an ARM future would be. These companies and the things they hide in their proprietary cloaks cannot be trusted.Reply
None of them.
Unfortunately, there's little we can do to ensure certain govt agencies don't enforce either a watered down security system or backdoors (in some fashion) in these systems as they can not allow us to do anything that doesn't serve them nor have us doing anything they don't know about.ezst036 said:A RISC-V future would be more beneficial for us as users and consumers than an ARM future would be. These companies and the things they hide in their proprietary cloaks cannot be trusted.
None of them.
Alas, I fear paranoia will never elude us, for good reason.
"RISC-V is the most profound technical revolution of our time."It might be an industry revolution, but it's not a technical revolution.
On a technical level, it's all fairly derivative. It pretty much has to be, given that it's royalty-free. There almost can't be any cutting-edge tech in the standard parts of the ISA, by definition. Anything novel, is all covered by patents.