Western Digital 'stores' almost half of the world's data. For the new generation of data memory products, Western Digital, Platinum Member of the RISC-V foundation, started researching and developing with the RISC-V Instruction Set Architecture.
Martin Fink, CTO of Western Digital explains why Western Digital is using this open architecture.
An eeNews report from the RISC-V Workshop 2018 in Barcelona.
Update January 2019: Martin Fink delivered a keynote (December 2018) entitled, “Unleashing Innovation from Core to the Edge,” punctuated by three new Western Digital developed open-source innovations. These efforts are designed to support the company’s desire for open standard interfaces, our internal RISC-V development needs and those of the growing RISC-V ecosystem. These included plans to release to the open source community Western Digital’s first RISC-V core, the SweRV Core™, as well as the immediate availability of the OmniXtend™ specification for cache coherent memory over a network and the SweRV ISS™ (Instruction Set Simulator). These innovations are expected to accelerate development of new open, purpose-built compute architectures for Big Data and Fast Data environments.