EdgeQ reveals more details behind its next-gen 5G/AI chip

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5G is the current revolution in wireless technology, and every chip company old and new is trying to burrow their way into this ultra-competitive — but extremely lucrative — market. One of the most interesting new players in the space is EdgeQ, a startup with a strong technical pedigree via Qualcomm that we covered last […]
5G is the current revolution in wireless technology, and every chip company old and new is trying to burrow their way into this ultra-competitive — but extremely lucrative — market. One of the most interesting new players in the space is EdgeQ, a startup with a strong technical pedigree via Qualcomm that we covered last year after it raised a nearly $40 million Series A.

The company has been quite stealthy about its technology as it works on its design (its website as I write this literally says "Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!"), but today, the company revealed more details for the first time (and presumably also updated its website).

The most interesting facet of its system-on-a-chip (SoC) design is that it is based on RISC-V. Unlike processor architectures like x86 and Arm, RISC-V is open-source, and one of the first open architectures to reach any sort of enduring popularity and ecosystem. That's led to a bunch of new companies building on top of it, including now EdgeQ and also SiFive, which we covered late last year.

Vinay Ravuri, EdgeQ's founder and CEO, explained that the use of RISC-V allows EdgeQ to offer chips with the flexibility of reprogrammable processors known as FPGAs while also offering a more cohesive and…
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