Partnership helps development of RISC-V SBCs

August 19, 2020 //By Ally Winning
Imagination Technologies will now support PicoRio, the first RISC-V development platform from RISC-V International Open Source Laboratory (RIOS Lab).
Imagination Technologies will now support PicoRio, the first RISC-V development platform from RISC-V International Open Source Laboratory (RIOS Lab).

The two companies have established a partnership that will allow RIOS Lab to build a complete development platform and open-source ecosystem for RISC-V single-board computers.

As part of the deal, Imagination will open up select GPU IP to RIOS Lab.

Zhangxi Tan, Co-Director, RIOS Laboratory, says; “Through the collaboration with Imagination, RIOS Lab will look to 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.”

The access to Imagination's IP will allow the RIOS Lab to release development boards and other products with 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 supported by a suite of open source software.

John Rayfield, Chief Technical Officer, GPU & Compute, Imagination, says; “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 that has been 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.

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