Blueshift Memory to use Codasip custom compute to develop memory-efficient processor technology

9th March 2023
Kiera Sowery

Blueshift Memory has announced that it is using Codasip Studio tools to integrate RISC-V processor IP into an FPGA-based design for memory architecture, modifying the Codasip core to maximize memory bandwidth.

“This is a very exciting development for us, as it will be the first time our ground-breaking Cambridge Architecture is being incorporated into a processor,” said Peter Marosan, founder and CTO of Blueshift Memory.

“Codasip’s architecture licence and its unique tools give us the ability to easily customise the design to include our functionality, while still maintaining software compatibility and all the benefits of the RISC-V ecosystem. This enables us to demonstrate our potential to break through the ‘memory wall’ that is holding back performance.”

Blueshift Memory IP can be integrated into either memory chips or processors, or can be used in a stand-alone memory controller. As well as optimizing data handling in memory-intensive applications like Big Data and High Performance Computing, the technology is also capable of boosting performance in cloud data centres and in edge computing for 5G/6G.

“The faster data transfer and energy-efficient processing that are enabled by the novel Cambridge Architecture herald a real breakthrough in the way data will be handled in the future. The Codasip custom compute architecture license and Codasip Studio provide a rapid and easy-to-use route to customize a RISC-V processor, which will be a key part of that journey,” added Marosan.

In 2022 Blueshift Memory was awarded a prestigious Smart grant by Innovate UK. The 13-month project is focused on developing a module based on the Cambridge Architecture that dramatically increases memory bandwidth, and the final design will include a customized Codasip RISC-V core. As well as helping to create a memory accelerator product, the project will also enable the company to demonstrate the potential benefits of the Cambridge Architecture IP for larger system-on-chip designs incorporating RISC-V.


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