The round was led by existing investors Sutter Hill Ventures, Spark Capital and Osage University Partners and included Chengwei Capital, Huami, SK Telecom, Western Digital and other industry companies.
At the same time SiFive has announced a multi-year license for its Freedom Platform with Western Digital, which has pledged to produce 1 billion RISC-V cores.
Martin Fink, CTO of Western Digital, was formerly with Hewlett-Packard and has a data-centric vision of the future of computing. "RISC-V delivers a platform for innovation unshackled from the proprietary interface of the past. This freedom allows us to bring compute closer to data to optimize special purpose compute capabilities targeted at Big Data and Fast Data applications. The next generation of applications like machine learning, AI, and analytics require this ability to focus on a specific task. Western Digital is focused on the next generation of innovation to enable this new class of applications to deliver the possibilities of data," said Fink in a statement issued by SiFive.
Since becoming available, HiFive1 and HiFive Unleashed software development boards have been deployed in more than 50 countries. Additionally, the company has engaged with multiple customers across its IP and SoC products, shipped the industry’s first RISC-V SoC in 2016 and the industry’s first RISC-V IP with support for Linux in October 2017.
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