SiFive, a provider of commercial RISC-V processor IP, today welcomed Brite Semiconductor, an ASIC service company invested by SMIC, to the growing DesignShare ecosystem.
The partnership enables Brite Semiconductor to offer DDR IP, which complies with DDR2/3/4 and LPDDR2/3/4, up to 2667MT/s. Brite Semiconductor’s DDR technology will make it easier for SiFive customers to speed data transfer rates on their RISC-V based SoCs within a reduced power envelope. Brite Semiconductor’s proven silicon will not only lower costs to designers, but also enable them to shorten production time.
“Brite is committed to promote innovation in ASIC business through collaboration and ecosystem development,” said Thomas Xu, CEO of Brite Semiconductor. “The demand for open-source hardware is increasing, and DesignShare offered by SiFive is a great platform to provide designers access to what they want.”
The availability of Brite Semiconductor’s DDR IP through the DesignShare program shortens the time to market and removes common barriers to entry that have historically blocked smaller companies from developing custom silicon. Companies like SiFive, Brite Semiconductor and other ecosystem partners provide low- or no-cost IP to emerging companies, reducing the upfront engineering costs required to bring a custom chip design to realization.
“Brite Semiconductor’s DDR IP makes it simpler for engineers to use RISC-V in their future designs.” said Shafy Eltoukhy, vice president of operations and head of DesignShare for SiFive. “We’re excited to see the innovations stemming from our DesignShare ecosystem.”
Since DesignShare launched in 2017, the program has grown to include a wide range of IP solutions, from debug and trace technology to embedded memory and reconfigurable FPGA. For more information on DesignShare and to see the complete list of technologies, visit www.sifive.com/designshare.