T-Head Together With the RISC-V Foundation Promotes the Development of Its Chips, as T-Head's CPU Architecture Further Advances

2019/05/05 from T-Head

On May 14, 2019, as part of the RISC-V Foundation's five city tour, Alibaba Group hosted the Hangzhou session. As a platinum member of the RISC-V Foundation, Alibaba Group discussed technology sharing as part of the RISC-V open source architecture, and invited Calista Redmond, CEO of the RISC-V Foundation to visit Alibaba's Hangzhou Xixi campus. Discussions concentrated on the connection between Alibaba's application ecosystem and the RISC-V chip ecosystem, and the path forward to jointly develop the commercialization plan to apply this technology in the Chinese market.


Since its inception, the RISC-V open source architecture has attracted the attention of chip designers and made rapid development progress. When first established, initial interest for RISC-V was from creators and engineers in the open source community, and this has grown to engaging more than 100 corporate members, including large enterprises such as Google, Qualcomm, Apple and Tesla. RISC-V is now seen as a leader in the industry.

We firmly believe that Alibaba Group, driven by technology, will rapidly develop RISC-V CPU open source architecture technology. T-Head Semiconductor, with its leading position in the chip design industry is pushing boundaries in the development of IoT.


RISC-V‘s 5- city tour to help develop a new open source ecosystem in China

RISC-V and the Linux Foundation held a series of workshops focused on RISC-V orientated technologies that spanned 11 days and five cities. Here, T-Head discussed RISC-V CPU technology with the topic of Pushing Data from the Edge to the Cloud with the RISC-V Ecosystem Further topics discussed with the audience included the expansion of RISC-V fields and the development of T-Head application ecology.


T-Head is ready to work with RISC-V

T-Head Semiconductor was formally established at the Hangzhou Apsara conference last September, where Alibaba Group promoted the release of the cloud integrated chip platform strategy, which is another step in its continuous expansion into the IoT ecosystem.


A chip cannot be developed without an ecosystem. The statements "more uses, more applications" and "strength supports strength" represent the concepts of the ecosystem.The development of an ecosystem is much more difficult than the development of a single technology, as it needs extensive market recognition. However. once the ecosystem is formed, it is difficult for latecomers to surpass it.


Alibaba is a company well-versed in creating new ecologies. From the business ecosystem of Taobao, to the technical ecosystem of Alibaba Cloud, Alibaba has always been committed to providing industrial infrastructure.

Due to its simplicity and ease of use, as well as the increasing trend of open source architecture, T-Head has launched a new generation of processor products based on the open source RISC-V CPU architecture. These products have been applied into a wide range of embedded applications and IoT fields due to their mature secure processing solutions, ultra-small surface area and ultra-low power consumption.

While supporting the innovation of the global chip industry, we have strengthened investment in the research and development of domain-oriented system chip platforms, and launched the common chip platform focusing on low-power MCU, speech recognition, machine vision, wireless connection, industrial control, automotive electronics and similar fields.


Chinese chip design companies have the opportunity to take the lead in the IoT era

Over the past few decades, the chip industry has experienced a number of challenges such as limited intellectual property rights, a lack of an ecosystem, high R&D costs, complex market demands and more. However, today’s flourishing RISC-V technology development provides a historic opportunity for the accelerated growth of China’s chip industry with its advantages such as open source features, multiple worldwide verification guarantees, as well as a reduced R&D cycle and costs due to minimalistic instructions.