SiFive announces Intelligence X390 NPU, Performance P870 RISC-V core

SiFive has announced two new high-performance IP blocks with the Intelligence X390 NPU and the Performance P870 RISC-V core that should find their way into SoC designed for Generative AI and ML applications.

We had already covered the Performance P870 and its automotive sibling – the P870-A – from information in an earlier presentation, but the SiFive Intelligence X390 NPU is new to me and appears to be aimed at generative AI in data centers, although we will very soon be seeing companies implement generative AI at the edge in pretty powerful embedded devices.

SiFive Performance P870 RISC-V Intelligence X390 NPU

SiFive Performance P870 highlights:

  • Full support for the RVA23 RISC-V profile specification and Vector 1.0 and Vector Crypto
  • Six-wide, out-of-order 64-bit core
  • Up to a 32-core cluster
  • >12 SpecINT2k6/GHz, or a 50% peak single thread performance upgrade over the previous generation SiFive Performance P670
  • SiFive Features
    • 2x 128b VLEN RVV
    • Vector crypto and hypervisor extensions
    • IOMMU and AIA
    • Non-inclusive L3 cache
    • RISC-V WorldGuard security
  • P800-Series Architectural Features

The P870 can support Linux and is also “fully compatible with Google’s platform requirements for Android on RISC-V”.

SiFive Intelligence X390 NPU key features:

  • Built on the U7-Series core with  64-bit RISC-V ISA, 8-stage dual-issue in-order pipeline
  • RISC-V Vector extension supported
  • 1024-bit VLEN, 512-bit DLEN
  • Single / Dual Vector ALU
  • Vector Coprocessor Interface eXtension (VCIX) with 2048-bit out, 1024-bit in for direct connectivity of external hardware accelerator
  • 4x improvement to vector computation with its single core configuration, doubled vector length, and dual vector ALUs compared the the Intelligence X280 NPU.

The P870 and X390 will typically be paired in powerful RISC-V SoCs with up to 32 cores and 8 AI accelerator cores (plus the same amount of optional custom accelerators through the VCIX interface) to enable generative AI in data centers as shown in the diagram below.

Performance P870 X390 SoC
P870 + X390 SoC

SiFive promises a full AI solution with optimized libraries, as well as OpenXLA and NN models. The SiFive Performance P870 is also suitable for DPU ( data processing unit), storage and networking, and 5G applications in the infrastructure market.

SiFive Performance P870-A automotive SoC
P870-A + X280 + S7-A automotive SoC

The company also expected the Performance P870-A RISC-V to be integrated into automotive SoCs alongside the previous generation Intelligence X280 AI accelerator and a safety cluster with SiFive S7-A cores for ASIL B/D compliance. Automotive applications will include standalone ADAS, central compute, and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI).

SiFive also says the P870 and/or X390 may be found in consumer applications such as edge AI security cameras, mobile devices, wearables, and smart TVs, but did not delve into too many details here.

A few more details may be found on the product page and the press release.

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Radek
7 months ago

Sifive announced more IP risc high performance cores. But what about real implementation and real works product? One or two boards with U74 which is not power core

Fara
Fara
7 months ago

Привет на P500 выйдет плана в совместной разработке с Intel HiFive Pro P550

Noloqoq
Noloqoq
7 months ago

StarFive and SophGO SoCs use SiFive cores, but due to futures US restriction on RISC-V announced by US gvt, they could loose all their customers, this is not the case of companies using more interestingT-Head cores ^^. (the first to have real implementation of vector 0.7.1 since few years, and now, first to have real implementation of Vector 1.0 (in THead C908, like in Kendryte K230).

(that was an answer to Radek)
It would be interesting to have a review of K230 based CanMV-K230 board at CNX-Software :).

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