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Imagination Technologies aspires to bring RISC-V to next-gen cars in partnership with SoC.one

SoC.one hopes to get into in-car solutions via the medium of RISC-V. (Source: SoC.one)
SoC.one hopes to get into in-car solutions via the medium of RISC-V. (Source: SoC.one)
SoC.one and Imagination Technologies assert that RISC-V, the emerging alternative to ARM, is ideal for inclusion in the automotive industry and its spiraling need for advanced computing and networking. The two companies have agreed to collaborate on solutions to make RISC-V hardware compatible with the potential software demands of next-gen vehicles, their use of extended-reality, IoT and safety solutions included.

Automobiles are getting more and more high-tech by the generation, which is great for electronic development and engineering within this industry, albeit potentially less so in the context of component supply.

Imagination Technologies, a UK firm that aims to compete in the world of CPU, GPU, and AI solutions based on the hardware and software intellectual property it holds, claims to have a potential answer to these emerging issues: RISC-V.

The company asserts that cores based on that emerging instruction set architecture (ISA), such as the ones it has developed, may be an answer for car manufacturers that might find themselves in need of silicon. RISC-V has indeed been taken up in the automotive space already, to the tune of 4 million cores used in 2020.

Those numbers are estimated to rise to as much as 150 million by the end of 2022, and might reach 2.9 billion by 2025. Therefore, Imagination Technologies has announced a new partnership with SoC.one to develop a version of that software specialist's Cloud solution for cars that is based on RISC-V.

SoC.one backs its Cloud as "an end-to-end, close-loop, mixed-reality platform that powers the needs of automotive OEMs and suppliers".

This, according to the company, results in the full-immersion, connected solution necessary to integrate the car in question with IoT-powered systems as applicable (which might extend to even the traffic lights around it in the future) while ensuring the safety of drivers, passengers or other people by reliably reacting to the environment in real time.

All in all, SoC.one and Imagination Technologies are confident they can deliver the smart, RISC-V-powered car of the future through this new partnership.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-09-12 (Update: 2022-09-12)