RISC-V gets a lot of attention as an open-source ISA. Is that attention warranted? The answer, unfortunately, is that it depends. It depends on what problem you’re trying to solve, your familiarity with the tools, your design window, and your engineering talent. The aspect I wanted to confirm was whether the ecosystem is ready for prime time, because as you know, no matter how great your silicon is, if you can’t program it, you’re not going to get very far.
One IC vendor that’s sticking his proverbial neck out in the RISC-V space is GigaDevice. The company is betting that the tools are ready and they’re better than “good enough.” That was opined by Reuben Townsend, a European FAE for GigaDevice in this week’s Embedded Executives podcast.
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