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Lattice and SiFive Collaborate to Better Enable FPGA Developers RISC-V Processor Access

January 12, 2020 by Luke James

Lattice and SiFive have recently announced a collaboration that seeks to provide developers with easy access to scalable processor core IP running on low power, small form factor FPGAs that could power millions of smart devices at the edge.

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation and SiFive, Inc. recently agreed to work together to make SiFive scalable Core IP readily available for developers through the Lattice FPGA families of products that include the latest 28 nm CrossLink-NX™ FPGAs. Lattice is a leader in low power programmable logic devices while SiFive is a primary supplier of commercial silicon solutions and RISC-V processor IP.

The increasing requirement for intelligent processing at the endpoint and edge results in new AI/ML applications for consumer, automotive, and industrial IoT that reduce cost, power, and latency. Performing processing outside of the datacenter limits privacy and bandwidth concerns while ensuring an increase in responsiveness by providing lower latency. 

All these combined factors promote the need for embedded intelligence in at least 64 billion new devices at the endpoint and edge over the coming decade. The use of SiFive RISC-V implementations with Lattice low power FPGAs can bring to market easily accessible embedded solutions that promote a secure, connected, and smart world.


SiFive and Lattice Semiconductor logos.SiFive and Lattice Semiconductor company logos.


Enabling Low Power Applications

SiFive’s scalable approach to processor core design enables Lattice to create a Core IP-targeted application that focuses on the performance and feature workload requirements. The two companies have agreed to collaborate on producing new, optimized processor cores that use SiFive IP on an open and free RISC-V ISA. Lattice FPGA solutions will have SiFive E2 Core IP for different markets and use cases, from data path processing in Edge applications to control plane processing in communications infrastructure.

According to Lattice Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer Esam Elashmawi, Lattice is working with SiFive to allow customers easy access to SiFive Core IP on low power FPGAs. Developers can have compelling hardware solutions for their applications like AI processing and embedded vision on Edge devices.

The partnership, according to SiFive President and CEO Dr. Naveed Sherwani, can boost the rapid and simple creation of new smart products that require a scalable IP design. Lattice FPGAs with RISC-V applications can drive the development of millions of efficient and innovative applications.

SiFive is a dominant supplier of silicon and processor core IP solutions based on the open and free RISC-V architecture. It has a team of seasoned RISC-V inventors and silicon executives that help SoC designers realize cost savings and reduce time-to-market with customizable and open-architecture processor cores. 

Lattice Semiconductor is a publicly listed company and leader in low power programmable. It provides solutions to customers across different networks, from the Cloud to the Edge, in the burgeoning consumer, automotive, industrial, computing, and communications markets. 

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