Renesas Electronics and SiFive jointly develop a new generation of high-end RISC-V solutions for automotive applications

April 21, 2021, Tokyo, Japan and San Mateo, California, USA-Renesas Electronics Group (TSE: 6723), a global semiconductor solutions provider, and SiFive, a provider of advanced RISC-V processors and chip solutions, today jointly announced that they will cooperate to develop a new generation of high-end RISC-V solutions for automotive applications. The content of the strategic cooperation includes that Renesas Electronics will be authorized to use the SiFive RISC-V core IP portfolio.

Renesas Electronics Senior Vice President and General Manager of Automotive Electronics Solutions Business Division Kataoka Ken said: "RISC-V is an important element that provides additional functions and options for new and existing customers. We are honored to be able to cooperate with SiFive and become its primary cooperation. Partners, based on our accumulated expertise in the automotive electronics field and SiFive's high-end RISC-V technology, to jointly develop a new generation of semiconductor solutions."

Patrick Little, Chairman, and CEO of SiFive said: "I am very pleased to cooperate with Renesas Electronics to develop a new generation of automotive solutions using the SiFive intelligent platform. Our advanced high-performance RISC-V processor core product line and AI accelerator will meet the needs of automotive applications. Functional requirements, significantly improve core performance, and enhance AI functions to enable scalable and more practical solutions."

Renesas Electronics provides global customers with advanced microcontroller (MCU), system-on-chip (SoC), analog and power components, and other diversified product portfolios, including ADAS, autonomous driving (AD), electric vehicles (EV), and Internet gateways. (CoGW) including automotive electronics solutions. Renesas Electronics focuses on the safety, comfort, and environmental protection of future travel, and continues to explore a new generation of high-performance RISC-V cores optimized for automotive applications to expand the development capabilities of high-end SoC and MCUs, and continue to create innovative and reliable solutions for global customers Automotive electronic solutions. The SiFive intelligent platform based on the SiFive RISC-V vector processor and with AI ISA extended functions has a unique software toolchain that provides scalable solutions for AI and ML application development. The SiFive RISC-V processor is pre-integrated with advanced tracking, debugging, and security solutions compatible with industry tools, simplifying application system integration and upgrades. The SiFive RISC-V product portfolio has been verified and implemented on silicon, and can be directly manufactured in the most advanced chip production plants, thereby providing customers and partners with more choices.