May 24, 2024

SiFive, one of many main gamers within the RISC-V area, is shedding a considerable variety of workers.

RISC-V is the open-source different to chips designed by Arm Holdings, with broad business assist and a rising variety of units powered by the chips. SiFive is without doubt one of the main RISC-V firms, and was based by a few of RISC-V’s creators.

In keeping with Extra Than Moore’s DR. Ian Cutress, it seems SiFive is shedding a considerable portion of its workforce, though studies fluctuate as to the precise quantity:

So what is that this information in the present day? By way of a number of sources, SiFive has instigated numerous layoffs. Numbers fluctuate, from 100 to 300+, however a number of sources affirm that many of the engineering group, particularly the bodily design engineers, gross sales, and product group. The administration group have additionally been fired from what I’ve been instructed, leaving the founders and CEO Patrick Little on the helm. That’s a heck of a shake up.

It seems the unhealthy information doesn’t cease there:

However that’s not all. The product portfolio can also be being gutted. SiFive’s enterprise all the time had two parts – predesigned cores you’ll be able to choose up, most of which have already been silicon proved, and SiFive even introduced two new cores actually solely every week in the past. The opposite half of the enterprise is customized cores – the place shoppers would method the group with particular necessities after which SiFive would really go and design it, to be put in right into a full SoC. My contacts are telling me (though to not the identical degree of certainty because the layoffs) that the pre-designed core portfolio isn’t any extra. SiFive to any extent further it appears will solely be engaged on customized cores.

When Dr. Cutress reached out to SiFive for affirmation, he acquired the next assertion:

“As we modify to the quickly altering semiconductor finish markets, SiFive is realigning throughout all of our groups and geographies to raised reap the benefits of the alternatives forward, scale back operational complexities and improve our capacity to reply shortly to buyer product necessities. Sadly, in consequence some positions have been eradicated final week. The workers are being supplied severance and outplacement help. SiFive continues to be excited concerning the momentum and long-term outlook for our enterprise and RISC-V.”

Solely time will inform what is definitely taking place at SiFive, however hopefully the corporate’s future is safe, particularly given its place as a driving drive behind some of the thrilling semiconductor developments in years.