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San Mateo, California-based SiFive Providing Specialized Computer Hardware Processor in COVID19 Fight

05/04/2020
SiFive, Inc., a San Mateo, California-based provider of commercial RISC-V processor IP and silicon solutions, is offering its SiFive E21 Standard Embedded Processor Core free of charge for use in ending the COVID-19 pandemic and minimizing the impact of the disease.

According to company officials, potential applications include use in control systems for healthcare products such as ventilators and other life-saving equipment. SiFive joins other leading companies in the fight against COVID-19 by offering intellectual property free of charge to accelerate the rapid development and deployment of diagnostics, vaccines, therapeutics, medical equipment, and software solutions.

“At SiFive, we believe making custom silicon more accessible is key to innovation, and that holds true now more than ever,” said Dr. Naveed Sherwani, SiFive President and CEO. “By providing the SiFive E21 Standard Core IP to companies addressing COVID-19, our goal is to remove business and technological barriers. We’re encouraging our customers and partners to join us in making this pledge. Together, through technology, we can minimize the virus’s spread and ultimately save lives.”

SiFive said its mission is to help democratize access to custom silicon, improving quality, and reducing time to market. Since its founding in 2015, SiFive has been fostering accelerated innovation through open-source contributions. The company has pledged the SiFive E21 Standard Core, a high-performance, full-featured embedded processor core designed to address efficient microcontroller applications, which will help in manufacturing healthcare products such as ventilators.

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