Rivos Inc | A Chip Off The Old Block? New RISC-V Startup Garners Many Senior CPU Architects From Apple, Google, Marvell, Qualcomm, Intel, and AMD

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SemiAnalysis believes this will be the first truly high-performance RISC V design! We are still not sure what their business model is. Licensing, datacenter, mobile, or building until they are acquired by a larger firm all could be viable. Regardless, there seems to be a new, aggressive startup on the block, but this time in the RISC V flavor!
We recently wrote about a new CPU startup that has been garnering very impressive leadership and architects from all over. We have now confirmed the name, Rivos Inc. They are still in stealth mode and only 3 months into formation, but they are one to keep an eye on. Rivos is based in Santa Clara and Austin, and they are hiring heavily in many areas if anyone is looking to work at an exciting RISC V startup that is targeting to be the first high performance RISC V core. We recommend you check them out. The executives and leadership are very impressive and storied engineers.

Still fresh on our minds is Nuvia, an Arm based CPU firm whose leadership was ex-Apple. They rushed onto the scene and as soon as the product of their work was visible, they were snatched up for $1.4B. Nuvia had multiple offers at or over $1B.

This new startup that SemiAnalysis has found includes many engineers coming from a similar source, Apple. There was a bit of an exodus in their senior CPU leadership all over again, but this has also touched many other firms such as Google, Qualcomm, Intel, and more.

Rivos may be even more stacked with talent then Nuvia was a few months into their journey. We will go through the executives as well as a brief summary of where the staff engineers have worked.

First is Brian Campbell, one of the founders. He is known for working at SiByte which produce MIPS based CPU cores. This firm was acquired by Broadcom where he rose to become a principal engineer. Following this stint, he joined P.A. Semi, where he became the director of engineering. P.A. Semi was eventually acquired by Apple, and that team jumpstarted the extremely successful in-house silicon efforts. He rose to the level of Apple's Director of Hardware Technologies. This is a very senior position where he was in charge of silicon on a broad portfolio of semiconductors designed for iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, Macs, and Airpods.

Belli Kuttanna is the CTO and a co-founder. His career is possibly…
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