Monday, August 7, 2023

According to Chandrasekhar, India supports open source RISC-V

 


CHENNAI: With a view to be self-reliant in semiconductor design, India has thrown its weight behind the open source RISC-V architecture that is gaining ground as a strong global contender to the domination of Softbank's ARM technology.


India's computing systems will leverage DIR- V (Digital India RISC V) program, and will have a serious presence in all the capabilities that we need in the automotive, space tech, IoT sensors and mobility, minister of state for electronics and information technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on Sunday.


"The government is committed to making DIR-V the Indian ISA. There were some doubts if we will go the ARM way, but I want to commit to you today that DIR-V will have a central place in the high performance computing systems being developed by our country," Chandrasekhar said. He was speaking virtually at the Digital India RISC-V Symposium organised by Meity and IIT-Madras in Chennai.



Softbank Group's 'ARM' instruction set architecture (ISA) has dominated the global chip design industry . The adoption of open source RISC-V helps India to have a 'seat at the table' when it comes to global chip design developments.

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