OpenHW Group Established, Launches CORE-V Open-Source IP Cores

June 6, 2019 Brandon Lewis

The OpenHW Group, a not-for-profit open-source processor IP core organization headed by former RISC-V Executive Director Rick O’Connor, has been established. The OpenHW Group currently consists of 13 sponsor organizations, including Alibaba, NXP, Silicon Labs, Thales, Greenwaves, Imperas, Onespin, Bluespec, CMC Microsystems, Embecosm, ETH Zurich (University), Metrics, and Mythic AI. The OpenHW Group is also a member of the RISC-V Foundation and has entered a strategic partnership with the Eclipse Foundation.

The OpenHW Group will drive greater availability of open-source processor IP implementations for hardware and software engineers designing high-volume production SoCs. The organization’s CORE-V family of RISC-V cores, for instance, provide these designers with quality and manufacturability assurances. CORE-V cores and associated processor subsystem IP, tools, and software are available for both silicon and FPGA-optimized implementations.

The emergence of OpenHW Group, along with initiatives like MIPS Open and of course RISC-V show a growing demand for open-source hardware alternatives that mimic longstanding trends in open-source software.

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Brandon Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for guiding the property's content strategy, editorial direction, and engineering community engagement, which includes IoT Design, Automotive Embedded Systems, the Power Page, Industrial AI & Machine Learning, and other publications. As an experienced technical journalist, editor, and reporter with an aptitude for identifying key technologies, products, and market trends in the embedded technology sector, he enjoys covering topics that range from development kits and tools to cyber security and technology business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached by email at

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