SiFive has made an announcement about its willingness to support the Taiwan Semiconductor (NYSE:TSM) IP Alliance Program. As a member of the alliance, SiFive’s RISC-V based Coreplex IP sought to get the customers to cut down on the time to market. Aside from that, it also expressed its commitment to reducing the waste associated with the manufacturing process. Above all it targeted increasing return on investment.
TSMC’s IP Alliance Program has moved quite a long way towards helping the various chipmakers innovate and produce custom semiconductors. SiFive will most probably be participating in the TSMC IP Alliance Program and that will make it the first RISC-V solution company to come up with its IP readily available for fabless chipmakers. It hopes to leverage on the industry’s most elaborate semiconductor IP portfolio.
The vice president of Product and Business Development working with SiFive, Jack Kang, said that it was indeed a great honor and validation for the company. He added that it was also an outstanding statement about the RISC-V architecture as a whole.
Kang opined, “Having the SiFive Coreplex IP platform available through the program makes designing a chip based on the latest in open source hardware even easier. We look forward to continued collaboration with TSMC and the other members of the IP Alliance ecosystem.”
TSMC senior director, Suk Lee said that the TSMC Open Innovation Platform formed the center of the company’s open innovation model. That was a model that effectively addressed the needs of customers who were determined to reduce speed-time-to-market and the design time.
Hopefully, the addition of SiFive’s IP to the TSMC IP catalog will simplify the process of fabricating custom silicon designs on the basis of the RISC-V implementation. Yunsup Lee and Andrew Waterman were the top inventors of RISC-V that founded SiFive. The company has also recently gotten in touch with multiple customers across its SoC and IP products and we will be waiting to see what results from that engagement.