Alibaba crafts world’s ‘fastest’ ‘open-source’ RISC-V processor yet: 16 cores, 64-bit, 2.5GHz, 12nm, out-of-order exec


Abstract image of a CPU

Analysis Chinese tech giant Alibaba claims to have designed the fastest RISC-V processor to date, and reckons it will open source at least some of the blueprints for others to use.

The chip was unveiled this week at Alibaba’s Cloud Summit in the Middle Kingdom, though details are curiously thin. Word reaches us of the development, though, amid China’s soaring interest in RISC-V, which at its heart is an open-source instruction set architecture backed by Google, Nvidia, Western Digital, Qualcomm, Alibaba, and others.

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