Embedded World 2018, the international trade fair for embedded systems, took place between February 27th and March 1st in Nuremberg, Germany. This year, the event enjoyed a record number of participants and a strong presence of RISC-V.
In 2016, a visitor to Embedded World saw a set of offerings almost identical to the previous decade – the same semiconductor vendors, software development tool companies, and system level offerings. The dominant architectures would have been the Arm Cortex-M family and X86. Indeed, if you asked most people back then what they thought about RISC-V, they would have probably answered: “What is RISC-V?”
In 2017, a number of founding members of the RISC-V Foundation were exhibiting, but RISC-V was not visible on the stands of mainstream software development tool, RTOS and middleware companies. For some companies, these are an important alternative to open source tools such as LLVM and GCC. Interest in RISC-V in Europe appeared to significantly lag that in North America.
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