RISC-V adoption will be accelerated by AI – Omdia

The open-standard instruction set architecture (ISA) is predicted to experience the strongest growth in the automotive sector. #pressrelease

May 17, 2024

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RISC-V processors will account for almost a quarter of the global market by 2030, according to new research by Omdia. The open-standard instruction set architecture (ISA) is predicted to experience the strongest growth in the automotive sector, although the industrial space will remain the largest application for the technology. Additionally, the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is instrumental in the continued rise of RISC-V.

RISC-V is notable as it is license-free, allowing anyone to develop hardware using the architecture and even to customize the instruction set according to the needs of the design. As the earliest RISC-V processors tended to be simple microcontrollers, the architecture has long been associated with deeply embedded technologies, especially in the IoT, and RISC-V will continue to have a notable presence in that space over the forecast period through 2030. However, the most significant development in recent years is the spread of the technology to other applications, including in those requiring advanced compute and intelligence.

Between 2024 and 2030, Omdia forecasts RISC-V-based processor shipments to increase by nearly 50% per year, culminating in 17 billion processors shipped in 2030. 46% of those processors are expected to be found in industrial applications, although the biggest growth over the forecast period will come in the automotive segment.

Omdia predicts RISC-V processors in automotive applications to increase in volume by 66% annually.

Concurrently, Omdia is also predicting a major increase in the use of AI in automotive applications, with autonomous driving, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) all making use of AI to make each system more capable.

Read the full press release here.

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