RISC-V’s impact on semiconductors and the crucial role of embedded software security

In the ever-evolving landscape of the semiconductor industry, the RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA) has emerged as a transformative force. The recently released free abridged version of The SHD Group’s comprehensive report not only explores the market dynamics of RISC-V but also touches on the importance of embedded software security within this framework.

As the semiconductor industry undergoes unprecedented growth in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the RISC-V architecture is leaving an indelible mark on system-on-chip (SoC) design strategies. The abridged report highlights the profound impact of RISC-V on CPU architectures, unit shipments, and IP licensing revenues globally, especially as artificial intelligence (AI) becomes prevalent across diverse applications.

Abridged report highlights:

  • RISC-V SoC unit shipments are forecast to surge to 16.2B units, with revenues reaching $92B by 2030.
  • Compound Annual Growth Rates (CAGRs) of 44% for SoC unit shipments and 47% for SoC revenues.
  • Shipment projections for SoCs utilizing 3rd party IP reaching 69B units with revenues hitting $416B by 2030.
  • RISC-V IP revenues estimated at $156M in 2023, with a CAGR of 39% through 2030.

The free copy is available for download at The SHD Group. More information on the full report can be found here.

The importance of embedded software security

Amidst this surge in RISC-V adoption, the abridged report touches on a critical aspect often overlooked โ€“ embedded software security. In an era where connectivity and IoT integration are ubiquitous, IP integrity and security of embedded software become paramount. As RISC-V enables open innovation, the need for robust security measures to protect devices, data, and user privacy only becomes more important.

Emproof Nyx’s robust exploit mitigation features are designed to prevent attacks, providing an added layer of assurance to product manufacturers. Our unique binary transformation approach allows us to adapt seamlessly to the dynamic RISC-V landscape, especially with the frequent introductions of new ISA extensions. This means consistent, protection for RISC-V software as the ecosystem evolves.

โ€œEmproofโ€™s collaboration with RISC-V International signifies a strengthened frontier of embedded security, ensuring that the innovative spirit of RISC-V is always coupled with unparalleled protection. Our experts have over 30 years of combined experience in securing embedded systems, so we are well placed to actively collaborate in technical working groups to help deliver enhanced RISC-V security and technology.โ€

Brian Kelly โ€“ CEO, Emproof

In the journey towards technological advancement, the RISC-V architecture stands not just as a symbol of innovation but as a catalyst for a more secure future. The abridged report underscores the opportunities for market growth, but embedding robust security measures within RISC-V-based systems should be on the agendas of all companies utilising RISC-V architectures. As the industry navigates this transformative path, collaborative efforts must extend beyond hardware to encompass embedded software security, ensuring that the benefits of open innovation are safeguarded for generations to come.

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