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RISC-V International

RISC-V International
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RISC-V International comprises a large member organization building the first open, collaborative community of software and hardware innovators powering innovation at the edge forward. Through various events and workshops, RISC-V International is changing the way the industry works together and collaborates – creating a new kind of open hardware and software ecosystem.


RISC-V International is the global non-profit home of the open standard RISC-V Instruction Set Architecture (ISA), related specifications, and stakeholder community

More than 3,100 RISC-V members across 70 countries contribute and collaborate to define RISC-V open specifications as well as convene and govern related technical, industry, domain, and special interest groups.

RISC-V combines a modular technical approach with an open, royalty-free ISA — meaning that anyone, anywhere can benefit from the IP contributed and produced by RISC-V. As a non-profit, RISC-V does not maintain any commercial interest in products or services. As an open standard, anyone may leverage RISC-V as a building block in their open or proprietary solutions and services.

RISC-V does not take a political position on behalf of any geography. We are proud to see organizations from around the world working together in this new era of processor innovation. RISC-V was founded in 2015 as the RISC-V Foundation and is incorporated today as RISC-V International Association in Switzerland.

At the base level, the RISC-V ISA and extensions ratified by RISC-V International are royalty free and open base building blocks for anyone to build their own solutions and services on. The RISC-V ISA and ratified extensions are provided under globally accepted open licenses that are permanently open and remain available for all.

Beyond RISC-V International, the community has opportunity to provide their own free or proprietary IP, implementations, solutions, and services for which RISC-V has no commercial or governance interest.

RISC-V International is wholly committed to design freedom, choice, and flexibility, and supports open architecture extensions to the RISC-V ISA. We do not support work on alternative versions of the RISC-V ISA.

Open source and global standards have a long history of success because they have a license framework that ensures anyone, anywhere can have ongoing access to them.

RISC-V International is governed by its Board of Directors. The Board is composed of Directors elected to represent all classes of membership to ensure we offer a strategic voice as all levels. In addition, the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) provides leadership to our technical initiatives in setting long term strategy, forming tactical committees and work groups, and approving technical deliverables for ratification or release. RISC-V International also supports and drives ad hoc and standing groups to pursue specific industry, geographic, and strategic interest through a variety of constructs. Our aim is to guide and facilitate the broadest and most effective collaboration for the benefit of our member community.