RISC-V hackathon

gSOC solution won the second place in the first RISC-V hackathon arranged by Western Digital.

It was a great event in which our team demonstrated the company design and verification capabilities, in addition to our innovation spirit.

As Amir Fridman from Western digital published in WD blog :

What a way to end 2019! With a raging winter storm outside of the Western Digital Israel, Kfar Saba office, we kept it warm and cozy with The First RISC-V Hackathon in Israel.

After three months of preparation, nearly 20 submitted applications, and 10 chosen projects, 50 motivated participants and five distinguished judges ruled on three winning teams. On Dec. 27th, we finished 36 hours of round-the-clock development, with no sleep, in what was truly a special, innovative atmosphere spurred on by creative people who have a passion for technology.

It was amazing to see representation from so many Israeli ecosystems taking part in the Hackathon. This included students from Bar-Ilan and Ben-Gurion Universities, developers from NextSilicon and GSOC solutions (early stage start-ups), and well-established technology leaders such as Mellanox, IBM, and Western Digital and even a team from the Israel Defense Forces.

The array of hardware and software projects based on RISC-V technology was impressive. From Cyber Security protection, to compression accelerator, Multi Core Unit (MCU) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) accelerator, CORDIC HW accelerator, cache coherency unit, debugging and verification tool, ARM2RISC-V binaries converter, and even an air quality IoT platform – all were developed based on RISC-V technology. There is so much possible for open processor innovation.

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