Advanced analytics and debug

Jon Lawson

Codasip has teamed up with UltraSoc to add semiconductor IP for on-chip analytics, performance optimisation and hardware-based security and debug to the Codix-Bk series of RISC-V compliant processor cores.

As RISC-V-based SoCs enter the mainstream, the need for commercial support with production-quality debug, analysis and bring-up tools become critical. This collaboration provides the RISC-V community with capabilities that go beyond those available to proprietary processors and instruction set architectures (ISAs).

While selecting a processor and ISA is one of the first challenges for engineers in architecting a new SoC, the real difficulties come when they try to bring the design to life, to productize and optimise it in the real world.

While RISC-V provides an ISA for processor IP, it does not in itself solve all the other problems of support, commercialisation or development. This partnership focuses on that need. Rather than simply adapt legacy solutions to the RISC-V environment, this collaboration delivers a complete solution that will not only accelerate time-to-market, but extend analysis and improvement capabilities beyond initial deployment.

“Our customers demand more than just traditional processor-based debug in order to meet the needs of the IoT era,” said Karel Masarik, CEO of Codasip. “UltraSoC’s broad range of capabilities combined with our commercially proven processor infrastructure, supported on our RISC-V series of Codix-Bk processors, drastically accelerates SoC deployment. We are excited by what this collaboration enables and the benefits it delivers to the new era of RISC-V based SoCs.”

While RISC-V is establishing itself as the choice for new SoC designs, engineers need proven development infrastructure and commercial support. This collaboration addresses both needs: Codasip provides proven processor IP and infrastructure, while UltraSoC extends this to enable a rich and versatile toolkit for debug, optimisation and analytics. This collaboration is an example of how the open-source RISC-V ecosystem can innovate quickly to deliver more than is available with legacy proprietary architectures.

“RISC-V is rapidly becoming an exciting ISA choice for new designs, but suffers from the lack of a proven implementation platform,” said Rupert Baines, CEO, UltraSoC. “Combining UltraSoC IP with proven Codix-Bk IP and debug environment results in a powerful SoC debug, analysis and chip-bring up environment that will dramatically accelerate development time while reducing risk for new SoC starts.”

The combined solution is available immediately. Both companies are committed to evolving the technology as part of the RISC-V foundations specifications at

"RISC-V adoption continues to accelerate with ultimate success requiring the ecosystem evolve beyond initial processor specifications with a focus on the challenges of the SoC creators,” said Rick O’Connor, Executive Director of the RISC-V Foundation. “We're excited to see Codasip and UltraSoC working together to make customers’ RISC-V based designs a reality."