RISC-V processor startup raises $38 million in funding

02 September 2021

Ventana Micro Systems Inc., a company developing RISC-V processors, has raised $38 million in funding to further ramp up its system-on-chips.

Ventana has been in the shadows developing data center class high-performance RISC-V central processing units (CPUs) with extensible instruction set capability delivery in the form of multi-core chiplets. The customizable chiplets enable hyperscalers and others to achieve rapid productization.

The RISC-V CPUS could be used in cloud, enterprise data center, 5G, edge computing and automotive applications.

“As Moore’s Law is slowing, the industry is moving towards chiplet-based designs that optimize cost by using the right process node for each component of the design,” noted Linley Gwennap, principal analyst at The Linley Group. "Ventana’s chiplet strategy accelerates deployment of this emerging approach across a broad range of customers and partners while tapping rising adoption of the open-source RISC-V architecture.”

The funding brings Ventana’s total funding to $53 million.

The processors

Ventana said compute spending is moving away from general purpose processors in favor of infrastructure compute and domain specific accelerators.

The scalable chiplet product strategy enables reduction in development time and cost compared to prevailing IP models, Ventana said. The compete chiplets target cutting edge process geometries and users can implement the SoC chiplet silicon in most optimal process nodes for the target application.

The chips offer parallel die-to-die capable solution of very low latencies, high bandwidth and lowest power.

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