RISC-V, the first free processor for our projects

RISC-V

Although the world of Free Hardware is growing and wider, there are still elements that are not free. Hardware components that remain proprietary but being generic can be used with any software.

One of the most problematic hardware components in this regard has been and is the microprocessor. Despite the existence of free processors, their power is not even half the power of proprietary processors. But that was until now. Recently a free processor has been developed that has the same power as computer processors.

This new processor is called RISC-V, a processor suitable for servers, computers and mobiles. RISC-V is a totally free processor that works on any platform, allowing the construction of processors for mobile phones, tablets or laptops.

RISC-V can work on mobile platforms such as tablets or smartphones

The operation of RISC-V is so real that there are already companies that focus their business on the construction of this processor. The most promising company that uses RISC-V is called SiFive, a company that focuses its business model on the processor, but not charging for the processor but for its construction or distribution. Other Important companies have been interested in this processor, companies such as Microsoft, Google or Nvidia.

RISC-V offers the possibility of having the 32-bit platform or 64-bit platform, like current processors. This will allow Free Hardware platforms such as Raspberry Pi, Orange Pi or Arduino to have a powerful processor for little money and totally free.

En the official website of RISC-V You will find more information about the architecture, instructions and diffusion of this processor. A processor that represents a great change for all platforms, not only for its freedom but also for the fact that it will make many devices cheaper that are currently unaffordable for many pockets.


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