RISC-V Processors

RISC-V IP and Software and Tools for AI, Storage, Computer, Communications, and IoT Applications: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

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RISC-V (pronounced “risk-five”) is generating a new wave of enthusiasm among developers due to its open source nature, versatile instruction set architecture (ISA), and contribution from participating RISC-V Foundation members. The RISC-V movement is experiencing an exciting time of growth, with many announcements regarding companies that are adopting RISC-V or introducing new tools for the architecture. Launched in 2015, the RISC-V Foundation has already grown to over 240 members and shows no sign of slowing. The versatility and open source nature of RISC-V are allowing it to be used in a wide range of applications spanning artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), computers, communications, and so on.

It is difficult to develop a successful and viable product in a market that caters to a fundamental component such as a processor. ARM and x86 are the two architectures that dominate today’s landscape; there have been many failures over the past several years. Some processor architectures such as MIPS, ARC, and Tensilica have survived in niche markets, but most of them have failed. However, there is significant interest in RISC-V from both software and hardware developers. Many well-known semiconductor companies have started using RISC-V in their chipsets and prominent tool vendors have started offering development tools. ARM has noticed this trend and is taking steps to minimize the influence of RISC-V. Despite the upbeat scene for RISC-V, ARM has remained as dominant as ever in the embedded market. Still, Tractica expects global market revenue for RISC-V-based IP and software and tools to increase from $52.0 million in 2018 to $1.1 billion by 2025.

This Tractica report examines the global RISC-V market trends, drivers, barriers, and technology issues. The study assesses the emerging business models, applications, and ecosystem related to the development of RISC-V. Global market forecasts, broken out by segment, region, application, bit width, and component, extend through 2025. The report also explores the limitations of RISC-V, compares it to ARM, and provides profiles of key industry players.

Key Questions Addressed:

  • How is RISC-V different from other processors?
  • What are the key application areas for RISC-V?
  • What are the market drivers for RISC-V?
  • What challenges are inhibiting the market growth of RISC-V?
  • How does RISC-V compare to ARM?
  • What are the key advantages of a RISC-V processor?
  • How large is the market for RISC-V IP and cores?
  • How quickly will the global RISC-V market grow through 2025?

Who Needs This Report?

  • Processor companies
  • Intellectual property (IP) companies
  • Semiconductor companies
  • PC and server manufacturers
  • Storage and networking device manufacturers
  • Semiconductor component vendors
  • AI application companies
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
    1. Introduction
    2. Key RISC-V Trends
    3. Overall RISC-V Market Forecasts
  2. Market Issues
    1. Market Definition and Overview
    2. Market Drivers
      1. Increase in Number of Processors per Chipset
      2. Need for Innovation
      3. Evolving Algorithms and Applications
      4. Generous Licensing Terms
      5. Low Licensing Costs
      6. Support from Key Industry Players
    3. Market Barriers
      1. Switching Costs
      2. Availability of Expertise
      3. Ecosystem
    4. Key Markets and Applications
      1. Storage
      2. Communications
      3. Computers
      4. AI
      5. IoT
      6. Others
    5. Business Models
      1. Licensing and Services
      2. Royalty
      3. Support and Maintenance
    6. Regional Characteristics
  3. Technology Issues
    1. RISC-V Background
    2. ARM and RISC-V
      1. Cost
      2. Ecosystem
      3. Fragmentation
      4. Design and Validation
    3. Applicability to AI Chipsets
    4. Overall Ecosystem
      1. IP and Services Companies
      2. Semiconductor Companies
      3. Foundries
      4. Design Tool Companies
      5. FPGA Companies
      6. Consulting and Services Companies
    5. RISC-V Software
      1. Companies Developing RISC-V-Based Chipsets
    6. Limitations and Challenges of RISC-V Technologies
      1. Fragmentation
      2. Industry Validation
      3. ARM Wall
      4. Security
    7. RISC-V Foundation
      1. RISC-V Events and Summit
    8. Universities and Research Institutions
  4. Key Industry Players
    1. Andes Technology
    2. Codasip
    3. Esperanto Technologies
    4. ETH Zurich
    5. GreenWaves Technologies
    6. IIT Madras
    7. Lattice Semiconductor
    8. Microsemi
    9. NVIDIA
    10. Qualcomm
    11. Samsung
    12. SiFive
    13. Syntacore
    14. UC Berkeley
    15. Western Digital
  5. Market Forecasts
    1. Forecast Methodology and Assumptions
    2. Overall RISC-V Market
      1. RISC-V IP Market
      2. RISC-V Software and Tools Market
    3. Total RISC-V Processor Shipments
      1. Total RISC-V Processor Shipments by Application
      2. Total RISC-V Processor Shipments by Region
      3. Total RISC-V Processor Shipments by Bit Width
    4. Total RISC-V Design Starts
  6. Company Directory
  7. Acronym and Abbreviation List
  8. Table of Contents
  9. Table of Charts and Figures
  10. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts, Figures, and Tables

Charts
  • Total RISC-V Market Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V IP Revenue, Licensing, Royalty, and Services/Support, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V Software and Tools Revenue, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • Total RISC-V Processor Shipments, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • Total RISC-V Processor Shipments, FPGA vs. ASIC/SoC, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • Total RISC-V Processor Shipments by Application, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • Total RISC-V Processor Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • Total RISC-V Processor Shipments by Bit Width, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V-Based Design Starts, World Markets: 2018-2025
Figures
  • Willingness to Pay for Licensing, Royalty, and Services from Chip Companies
  • RISC-V Timeline
  • Number of Developers Focusing on Debian Linux by Processor Architecture
  • RISC-V Foundation Growth
  • RISC-V Ecosystem
  • History of Falcon
Tables
  • Total RISC-V Market Revenue, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • Total RISC-V Market Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • Total RISC-V Market Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • Total RISC-V Market Revenue by Bit Width, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V IP Revenue, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V IP Revenue, Licensing, Royalty, and Services/Support, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V IP Licensing Revenue, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V IP Number of Licenses, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V IP Average Cost per License, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V IP Royalty Revenue, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V IP Royalty Bearing Chip Shipments, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V IP Average Royalty Revenue per Chip, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V IP Royalty Revenue by Bit Width, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V IP Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V Software and Tools Revenue, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V Software and Tools Revenue, Hardware vs. Software Tools, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V Software and Tools Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V Software and Tools Revenue by Bit Width, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • Total RISC-V Processor Shipments, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V-Based Design Starts, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • Total RISC-V Processor Shipments, FPGA vs. ASIC/SoC, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • Total RISC-V Processor Shipments by Bit Width, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • Total RISC-V Processor Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • Total RISC-V Processor Shipments by Application, World Markets: 2018-2025
  • RISC-V Products in Different Vertical Markets
  • Top RISC-V Players in Different Vertical Markets
  • List of Companies Making AI Chipsets