Erik Engheim

Jan 7

6 min read

The Case for RISC-V on Desktops and Servers

Is RISC-V only for embedded systems, or can it compete on the desktop and server rooms as well?

The base RISC-V instruction set RV32I is just 47 instructions. That is what allows you to build RISC-V CPUs with half the die area of an ARM CPU for the embedded space. That translates into 4x lower cost when producing similar volumes. Why? Because cost is the square of the die area.

It can be tempting to conclude from this that RISC-V has no advantages in the server and…