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IAR Systems and GigaDevice bring RISC-V solutions

3rd June 2020
Alex Lynn

IAR Systems and GigaDevice Semiconductor have announced that they have formed a partnership in order to deliver powerful development tools for GigaDevice’s RISC-V based microcontrollers (MCUs).

IAR Systems provides the C/C++ compiler and debugger toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench. The toolchain offers leading code performance for size and speed, as well as extensive debugging functionality with a fully integrated debugger including simulator and hardware debugging support.

GigaDevice is a fabless company engaged in advanced memory technology and IC solutions. The company was founded in Silicon Valley in 2005 and currently produces a wide range of SPI NOR Flash, SPI NAND Flash, and MCUs for use in embedded, consumer, and mobile communications applications with more than 1 billion units shipped every year. In 2019, GigaDevice launched RISC-V-based general-purpose MCU products. 

The RISC-V technology and ecosystem are evolving rapidly, increasing the need for professional development tools. IAR Systems and GigaDevice are responding to this need with an increased collaboration to bring IAR Systems’ compiler and debugger technology to users of GigaDevice’s RISC-V-based MCUs, balancing processing power with reduced power consumption and a rich peripheral set. The collaboration will enable tens of thousands of companies to create powerful, easy-to-use, complete solutions based on RISC-V.

“We are very excited about this collaboration with GigaDevice as it will bring support for their award-winning RISC-V 32-bit processor core to our leading development tools,” said Thomas Andersson, Product Manager, IAR Systems. “The combination of GigaDevice’s processor core and IAR Embedded Workbench adds great device power optimization and development efficiency to the RISC-V community.”

“We are pleased to join forces with IAR Systems to launch a powerful development platform that will accelerate the growth of the RISC-V ecosystem,” added Eric Jin, Product Marketing Director, GigaDevice. “Together, we will offer powerful solutions for GigaDevice’s GD32VF103 series that will enable our customers to meet the demanding requirements of today's interconnected applications, especially in areas such as industrial control, consumer, IoT, edge computing and artificial intelligence.”

Support for GigaDevice RISC-V-based MCUs is provided in IAR Embedded Workbench for RISC-V and is available now. For developers who want to try IAR Embedded Workbench for RISC-V and GigaDevice’s GD32VF103 series, IAR Systems provides an evaluation kit that is offered free of charge to companies with commercially viable development projects.

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