Future Electronics has announced that its Creative Board now offers developers the freedom to implement designs running the FreeRTOS kernel on the RISC-V CPU soft core embedded in the board’s FPGA.
The Creative Board is an integrated development platform for users of IGLOO®2 FPGAs or SmartFusion®2 SoC FPGAs from Microsemi, a Microchip company. The IGLOO2 and SmartFusion2 FPGAs are suitable for a wide array of functions, including PCIe Gen2 control planes, image processing, motor control, I/O expansion and bridging. They also address design requirements for advanced security, high reliability and low power consumption.
Future Electronics designed the Creative Board to provide customers with a ready-made operating environment for proofs-of-concept and prototypes based on the low-cost IGLOO2 or SmartFusion2 FPGAs. As well as the FPGA, it features power, memory, connectivity, signalprocessing and user-interface components.
Microsemi has implemented RISC-V, an open Instruction Set Architecture (ISA), as a soft CPU core in the IGLOO2 and SmartFusion2 FPGAs. Now Amazon has announced that RISC-V support is available in its FreeRTOS kernel. This enables embedded developers to create IoT applications on the officially supported FreeRTOS kernel for microcontrollers that use the free, open and extensible RISC-V ISA. It gives them the flexibility to create applications that are portable across any device and architecture that supports the FreeRTOS kernel.
RISC-V support in the FreeRTOS kernel is available for any RISC-V microcontroller that uses the base ISA, including Antmicro’s Renode emulator for the Creative Board.
Developers can also run the ThreadX or μC/OS operating systems on the Creative Board’s RISC-V core.