RISC-V, which is also an open source instruction set, is becoming more and more popular with companies, and some in the industry see it as a strong rival to ARM. Now there’s one more giant for the RISC-V platform, and it’s Samsung. At the RISC-V summit in Silicon Valley on The 10th, Samsung said that RISC-V will be the first to be used in its 5G mmwave RF IC.
According to Samsung disclosure, in 2017, Samsung’s first RISC-V RF test chip stream, after more than three years of testing has become more mature, plans to be available in 2020 on the flagship 5G mobile phone.
Of course. Rf chips are only the beginning, and according to Samsung’s plan, RISC-V will continue to penetrate in areas such as image processors (CMOS), security chips, and auto pilot cars.
Since then, Samsung has become one of the fourth MAJOR ARM customers to publicly confirm a switch to RISC-V, along with Western Digital, NVIDIA and Qualcomm. Western Digital plans to write SSD mastering with RISC-V, NVIDIA plans to write GPU controllers, and Qualcomm is used to move SoCs.
Compared with ARM, RISC-V advantage save charge is quite low, The Western Number is even SiFive’s finished RISC-V kernel program is not necessary, do its own micro-architecture design, that is, no money. Under pressure, ARM has now also changed its mind to allow customers to customize the instruction set for Cortex.