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Linux boots on Shakti processor, India's first RISC-V chip

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    Any time I see a RISC-V success story, like here where the Shakti team from IIT-Madras got the spec right, and proved it by booting a Linux device, I feel hopeful for the future. ARM is a powerful...

    Any time I see a RISC-V success story, like here where the Shakti team from IIT-Madras got the spec right, and proved it by booting a Linux device, I feel hopeful for the future.

    ARM is a powerful force in the embedded space, from tiny M0s to the larger devices you find in phones and laptops. But ARM's licensing sucks, and the fact everyone has incompatible extensions over the top is seriously harmful to working across it.

    Whereas RISC-V, despite a tiny footprint, is able to do whatever people need without any extension, and is simple enough university's are implementing it, means that it may well be good enough for most chip makers, and ready to undertake more serious prototyping, before prime time land.

    These worlds move slow... But RISC-V is taking us all by storm, compared to the normally glacial times for investigating new chips. Which is incredibly exciting considering how easy it is to work with.

    I don't think I've mentioned it enough: I'm excited for when this stuff is easily available. For hoobyists and professionals alike.

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