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Bosch, Infineon, Nordic, NXP, and Qualcomm Give a Name to Their RISC-V Joint Venture: Quintauris

Announced last year as an at-the-time unnamed joint venture, Quintauris is now open — with RISC-V automotive products to follow.

Industry giants Bosch, Infineon, Nordic Semiconductor, NXP Semiconductors, and Qualcomm Technologies have finally named the company they jointly founded last year with a view to boosting adoption of the free and open source RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA): Quintauris.

"This is a very exciting opportunity for Quintauris and for the industries we will serve," says Alexander Kocher, named as the newly-formed company's chief executive officer. "We will bring game-changing innovation and scalability to the next generation of hardware development, with an emphasis on combining the best elements of RISC-V in a unified, commercialized proposition."

"We are fortunate to have the backing of some of the most established players in the semiconductor industry, which shows our ambition for Quintauris to be a long-term, sustainable offer," Kocher continues. "We absolutely believe in the power of collaboration with the RISC-V community, and as we continue to scale our company, we look forward to engaging with the ecosystem to speed development and enhance the resilience of the broader semiconductor ecosystem."

The joint venture was announced back in August last year, when the five companies confirmed a collaboration focused on RISC-V hardware and compatible software targeting the automotive market with a planned expansion to the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile devices to follow. At the time, though, no formal opening date for the company was given — and it was left unnamed.

Following the receipt of regulatory approvals, Quintauris was formally established to serve as a single source for RISC-V-based devices and the software which drives them — something joint-venture member Nordic Semi has been at pains to point out will serve as "a complimentary alternative to Arm, and not a threat" to the close relationship between Arm with its proprietary ISA and Nordic and the other founding members of Quintauris.

More information on the newly-formed company is available on the Quintauris website; thus far, it has not unveiled any products.

Gareth Halfacree
Freelance journalist, technical author, hacker, tinkerer, erstwhile sysadmin. For hire: freelance@halfacree.co.uk.
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