SiFive and eMemory Bring Embedded Memory to the DesignShare Economy to Accelerate Development of RISC-V Silicon

DesignShare program expands catalog of IP to include eMemory's logic-based, NVM memory, lowering costs and speeding the development of custom silicon

SAN MATEO, Calif., Nov. 7, 2017 — (PRNewswire) —   SiFive, the first fabless provider of customized, open-source-enabled semiconductors, today announced the addition of eMemory, the IP provider of logic-based, non-volatile memory (Logic NVM), to the DesignShare economy. eMemory will make its embedded NVM silicon IP technology available for the SiFive RISC-V based Freedom platform as part of the DesignShare initiative.

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The DesignShare concept opens a new range of applications and gives any company, inventor or maker the ability to harness the power of custom silicon. Companies like SiFive, eMemory and other DesignShare partners have developed efficient, pre-integrated solutions to enable users to develop their prototypes without the significant investment in upfront engineering costs typically required to bring a custom chip design to realization. The partnership between SiFive, founded by the inventors of RISC-V, and eMemory, the world's largest pure-play developer and provider of Logic NVM technology, strengthens the ecosystem surrounding the open source RISC-V instruction set architecture.

"We view DesignShare as a key platform to enable the democratization of custom silicon and to continue SiFive's mission to encourage more innovation in the semiconductor industry," said Naveed Sherwani, CEO of SiFive. "The addition of eMemory to the DesignShare ecosystem means that designers at all levels have access to the industry's leading embedded memory solutions. We are excited at the potential innovations eMemory will help bring to market as part of the DesignShare ecosystem." 

eMemory Technology Inc. is the world's largest pure-play developer and provider of logic-based non-volatile memory (Logic NVM) technology. The company licenses its silicon intellectual property (Silicon IP) to semiconductor foundries, integrated devices manufacturers (IDMs), and fabless design houses around the world. eMemory's proprietary silicon IP technologies include NeoBit, NeoFuse, NeoMTP, NeoFlash, and NeoEE. Products developed from these core technologies have already been embedded in more than 27 billion integrated circuits used in various applications, such as consumer, industrial, and automotive, etc.

"Initiatives like DesignShare will help eMemory expand its innovative memory technologies into the next 20 billion devices, and provide system developers with superior flexibility and process portability," said Michael Ho, Vice President of Business Development, eMemory. "We are excited to partner with SiFive and other DesignShare participants in helping to provide a full-service solution that encourages customer success in bringing new innovations to life."

About SiFive

SiFive is the first fabless provider of customized semiconductors based on the free and open RISC-V instruction set architecture. Founded by RISC-V inventors Yunsup Lee, Andrew Waterman and Krste Asanovic, SiFive democratizes access to custom silicon by helping system designers reduce time-to-market and realize cost savings with customized RISC-V based semiconductors. SiFive is located in Silicon Valley and has venture backing from Sutter Hill Ventures, Spark Capital and Osage University Partners. For more information, visit


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