BaySand, Codasip, Codeplay and UltraSoC announce RISC-V IoT development platform |

BaySand, Codasip, Codeplay and UltraSoC announce RISC-V IoT development platform

November 302016

November 30, 2016 - BaySand, Codasip, Codeplay and UltraSoC announced an integrated IoT development platform based on the RISC-V open processor instruction set architecture (ISA). The platform offers an open-standards-based solution that allows designers of systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) for IoT applications to get from concept to silicon with a high level of software integration.

This n collaboration will be formally announced at the 5th RISC-V Workshop and combines the following partnership:

- BaySand’s foundational IP and Metal Configurable Standard Cell (MCSC) technology
- Codasip’s Codix Bk RISC-V-compliant processor implementation
- Codeplay’s ComputeSuite software development tools for open standards middleware, and
- UltraSoC’s on-chip debug and analytics architecture

The result is an end-to-end development flow that supports the rapid evolution of IoT systems, enabling timely market entry, in-market feature enhancement and on-going usability.

The platform leverages BaySand’s MCSC technology which delivers the power, performance and density advantages of standard cell ASIC technology. The company’s UltraShuttle multi project wafers (MPW) and MetalCopy FPGA porting technology help to bring new designs to market: they combine with a design flow and an IP library to create a solution for IoT class designs.

At the IP level, Codasip’s Codix-Bk IP cores are RISC-V compliant processors, and are at the heart of the joint platform offering. They are available in multiple configurations and can be customized to the needs of IoT designs via unique application analysis technology and a model-based IP structure.

UltraSoC contributes silicon IP and software tools that enable secure monitoring and analysis of IoT device behavior. These features ease the task of writing and debugging the software that is intrinsic to the operation of complex ICs; they accelerate first-time bring up of new devices; and the same IP allows robust hardware-based security features that can detect unexpected behavior caused by bugs or by malicious interference (Bare Metal Security™).

At the highest level within the new platform, Codeplay provides developers with an open standards based programming model that extends from device-specific functionalities all the way up to highly abstracted machine learning paradigms such as Google’s TensorFlow. ComputeSuite extends the RISC-V platform with OpenCL and SYCL allowing applications to target the underlying hardware for performance, using standard APIs.