RISC-V Used Because It’s Free?

Is the RISC-V microprocessor architecture mediocre and only used because it’s free?

RISC-V is seeing a lot of growth but also has a lot of detractors who dismiss it as a kind of toy. There is a curious human psychological phenomenon that makes people think complex and messy technology must be good while what seems clean and simply must somehow be a toy.

People think that because RISC-V is a clean and elegant design, it cannot be the real deal. This kind of thinking repeats itself so often it is…