RED Semiconductor partners Libre-SOC to promote Open/Libre Microprocessor Mindset
At the recent FOSDEM 23 forum held in Brussels where thousands from the open-source community gathered to share ideas and collaborate, RED Semiconductor’s innovation partner Libre-SOC pushed forward the message that even the most complex High-Performance Computing applications can be addressed with open-source, or libre microprocessor instruction set architectures.
In a Lightning Talk, Libre-SOC member Cesar Strauss, satellite engineer and astrophysicist with the Brazilian Space Agency, presented Libre-SOC’s concept for a fully documented and transparent hybrid CPU-GPU-VPU core, conceived for a family of System-on-Chip products. He described the process of verification and implementation is silicon, and the many benefits that the vectorisation of a standard instruction set delivers. Finally, he explained that RED Semiconductor has adopted the Libre-SOC design concepts into its own chip architecture. The video of Cesar’s technical presentation can be viewed here: fosdem.org
Open/libre-computing advocate Luke Leighton who set up the Libre-SOC foundation, and is a founder of RED Semiconductor said, “FOSDEM is a fantastic event for opening developers’ eyes and minds to the diversity of new computer science. In our work at Libre-SOC we have drawn on some early microprocessor theory and made it relevant to 21st century silicon implementation, while at RED Semiconductor we are taking it to commercial productisation. At FOSDEM we generated interest from coders in the productivity and efficiency our Vectorised Enhancements to the POWER ISA, and from their enthusiasm to get involved we’re creating a pool of resource that will be valuable to early adopters of our technology.”
David Calderwood, RED Semiconductor’s Chairman and experienced start-up team-builder added, “FOSDEM is just the right forum for meeting the brightest free-thinking software developers that we need to bring into the Libre-SOC contributor programme or recruit directly into RED Semiconductor”.
About RED Semiconductor
RED Semiconductor’s mission is to develop and deliver a new class of microprocessor chip set optimised for vector instructions that enable complex computational routines to be performed in fewer clock cycles, with smaller binaries, and consuming less power than any existing microprocessor of comparable capability. The company is based in the United Kingdom and was formed in 2021.