SiFive to Host RISC-V Hackathon at Embedded Linux Conference

Developers can be among the first to run code on the HiFive Unleashed board

SAN MATEO, Calif., Feb. 26, 2018 — (PRNewswire) —

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WHO: SiFive, the leading provider of commercial RISC-V processor IP.  

WHAT: SiFive will hold its first hackathon at the Embedded Linux Conference, providing an opportunity for developers to test SiFive's HiFive Unleashed board featuring the Freedom U540 SoC, the industry's first RISC-V based, 64-bit quadcore processor running Linux.

Each developer or team at the hackathon will be provided with a HiFive Unleashed and a HiFive1 board (based on the Freedom E310 SoC) along with a designated challenge for each board. The winners of each challenge will be among the very first to take home their own HiFive Unleashed board and a cash prize of $1,000.

The HiFive Unleashed board was announced in October 2017, with the first real-world Linux demo at FOSDEM in February. Developers can purchase the HiFive Unleashed board online. The board will ship in late March for early access users; more boards will ship in late June.

The hackathon is free for conference attendees. To register for the hackathon, visit

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 12, 2018 through 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WHERE: The Embedded Linux Conference at the Hilton Portland in Portland, Ore.

About SiFive

SiFive is the leading provider of market-ready processor core IP based on the free and open RISC-V instruction set architecture. Founded by RISC-V inventors Andrew Waterman, Yunsup Lee and Krste Asanovic, SiFive helps SoC designers reduce time-to-market and realize cost savings with customized, open-architecture processor cores, and democratizes access to optimized silicon by enabling system designers to build 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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Company Name: SiFive
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