RISC-V fucking when
@sir Designing a SoC is hard and expensive (including the tools, often proprietary for the lack of choice, and the hardware designers are way scarcer than web-developers for example). Making it produced is even harder. Not only because this is objectively expensive, but also there is quite a lot of monopolization, and every company tries to secure the status quo. So you can't even buy what you need without going through the hell of negotiations.
@email@example.com Not soon enough.
@sir RISC-V is great and all, but it's (intentionally) not a complete spec. It was designed so you could make some real innovative stuff.
To make RISC-V processors that can go toe to toe with x86 and ARM, there needs to be an additional spec that standardizes RISC-V for general purpose processors.
Maybe that will happen as someone starts making successful RISC-V processors, becoming the de-facto standard, maybe it'll be set by a standards body. Either way it still needs to be done.
For instance, check out this news article:
SiFive appears to be the chip engineering wing of the RISC-V Foundation, with one of the founders being the chairman of the RISC-V Foundation.
It is good to see that they are serious about creating the standard extensions required.
@sacha @sir It should be noted that RVV isn't at version 1.0 yet, so these first processors will probably be obsolete in a few years, when they aren't following the 1.0 spec. Either that or 1.0 will be tied to their release, since these two groups are so closely related.
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