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The SiFive Download: A Year in Review

Welcome to the first iteration of our bi-monthly newsletter, The SiFive Download! On a regular cadence, we will plan to give you a download on all things SiFive – from the events we will be attending to the articles we’ve been featured in. This newsletter is intended to give you a glimpse under the SiFive hood.

The first iteration of the SiFive Download marks a year to the day that we first publicly shared our company’s visions, products, and goals with the world. And while we anticipated success, we have been blown away – and continue to be – by the amount of support SiFive, RISC-V and the open-source movement has received.

On July 11, 2016, we introduced the industry’s first open-source chip platforms with our Freedom U500 and Freedom U300 family SoC platforms. The FE310, the first chip available on our Freedom E platform, is housed on the HiFive1 development board – which has been purchased and shipped more than 1,000 times to developers in over 40 countries. Later that winter, SiFive was named “Startup of the Year” at the UBM Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards, capping a banner year for the company.   

Just this past May, we announced the availability of Coreplex IP, the fastest way to license RISC-V cores and a radical transformation of the IP licensing process. Along with the launch, our website received a facelift – making it easier than ever to get your hands on custom IP through our streamlined study, evaluate, buy purchase process.


Step 1: Study

Get immediate access to all the documentation and datasheets that you need. No registration, no NDA needed.


Step 2: Evaluate

Benchmark your code on real hardware. Register for immediate access to FPGA bitstreams, or sign up for a free evaluation of RTL.


Step 3: Buy

Changing the way people buy IP. DocuSign and download. We offer fair and transparent pricing, with a simple 7-page license.

Upcoming Events

Forum Highlights

There is a lot going on over at the SiFive Forum, which you can access through the SiFive site. The forums are chalked full of valuable content that can answer your questions and curiosity surrounding RISC-V, development boards, IP evaluations and much more. Here’s a peek at some of the threads that have our attention (and will now have yours, too!):

Featured Developer of the Month

Our world centers around you - the developers, the engineers, the users, the dreamers. It’s all of your contributions to RISC-V and open-source that make what we do at SiFive possible.

This month’s featured developer is Dave Grubb, who recently shared his design for a 3D printed case to house the HiFive1 development board (Photos Below). Great stuff, David! 

We’d love to feature your SiFive project in the next newsletter - let us know what you are working on!


Blog Posts

If you know us, you know that we are a chatty group. Here’s what has been on our minds (and our blog) over the past few months:

The FE310 is in a Museum – Which is Pretty Cool by Jack Kang

SiFive; The Journey to Becoming the Easiest Company to do Business With by Sander Arts

Employee Q&A: Introducing Renxin Xia by Staff

RISC-C GCC is Upstreamed! By Andrew Waterman

Women in Open Source: You DO Belong Here by Megan Wachs

SiFive in the Press

From the release of the FE310 and HiFive1, to the news around funding, RISC-V adoption and the availability of Coreplex IP, SiFive has been featured in a variety of publications since we launched. Want to see who has been talking about SiFive for the past 12 months? Let’s take a look!

Two Bay Area Startups Raise Venture Capital Around Programmable Chips by Luke Stangel,

Silicon Valley Business Journal

SiFive Raises $8.5 Million For Licensable Custom Microprocessors by Dean Takahashi, VentureBeat

Open-source Chip Mimics Linux's Path to Take on Closed x86, ARM CPUs by Agam Shah, IDG

RISC-V Cores Get Support, Fees by Rick Merritt, EE Times

SiFive: Low-Cost Custom Silicon by Ed Sperling, SemiEngineering

Will RISC-V Rescue the Internet of Things? By Bill Wong, Electronic Design

SiFive Launches Open Source RISC-V Custom Chip by Dean Takahashi, VentureBeat

SiFive Execs Share Ideas on Their RISC-V Strategy by Don Dingee, SemiWiki

SiFive: a RISC-V Fabless Semiconductor Company by Paul McLellan, Cadence

SiFive Unveils Freedom Platforms for RISC-V-Based Semi-Custom Chips by Anton Shilov, AnandTech

This New Chip Startup Wants To Bring Open Source To A Stagnant Industry by Aaron Tilley, Forbes

Backers of Open Source Chips Launch Startup by Don Clark, Wall Street Journal

RISC-V in the News

We’re always keeping an eye on RISC-V; after all, our founders invented it! Check out the latest conversations around the RISC-V ISA:

UltraSoC to Offer Processor Trace Support For RISC-V by David Manners, Electronics Weekly

FPGA IDE Zeros in on RISC-V by Bill Wong, Electronic Design

RISC-V Shanghai by Paul McLellan, Cadence 

Death of Moore’s Law Makes Open Hardware Possible by Alsdair Allan,

We would love to hear from you - reply to this email with any questions or inquiries and we will get right back to you!