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RISC-V Beyond Embedded: How Many Cores Will It Take?

Engineers are using the RISC-V core to add functions to their SoCs – but not as a full-fledged processor.
Caista Redmond
Calista Redmond, RISC-V International CEO

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By Junko Yoshida

What’s at stake?
The momentum behind RISC-V is well-known. But the market penetration of the RISC-V cores is harder to pin down. Reportedly, there’s a RISC-V core in every earbud. But will the core ever grow up to be a full-fledged smartphone processor, on par with an Arm-based apps processor?

So, how many RISC-V cores did the semiconductor industry ship in 2021?

That’s a basic question to ask about RISC-V’s commercial success.

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