SoC Hub is expanding with a new European project called TRISTAN that started in December 2022 and will last until the end of 2025. By joining the project, SoC Hub became a part of the most significant European RISC-V developer consortium. The main goal of the project is to develop and industrialize the European RISC-V ecosystem and increase its competitiveness.
Altogether in the consortium there are 46 partners from industry (both large industries as well as SMEs), research organizations, universities and RISC-V related industry associations from several different European countries. Among the current SoC Hub consortium partners along with Tampere University there are three Finnish companies participating in TRISTAN: Nokia, VLSI Solution and Cargotec.
The broad consortium will expose a large number of engineers to RISC-V technology, which will further encourage adoption. This ecosystem will ensure a European sovereign alternative to existing industrial players. The 3-year project fits in the strategy of the European Commission to support the digital transformation of all economic and societal sectors, and speed up the transition towards a green, climate neutral and digital Europe.
TRISTAN aims at creating open source HW and SW components as well as open-source tools to boost European competence on chip designs. The focus is on RISC-V based System-on-Chips (SoC) that include cores and peripherals for the complete SoC architectures and accompanying software. The goals are very similar to the SoC Hub project funded by Business Finland, and it brings the existing national activities to the European level. Together the projects build essential assets for commercially viable SoC designs. The aim is also to attract commercial interest by engaging potential application companies that currently use off-the-self chips in their products. The final goal of the project is to start new and affordable as well as differentiating commercial SoC projects based on the assets. The assets in the field of SoC design are intellectual property, networks and process knowledge.
The main motivation of TRISTAN for the Finnish partners is developing SoCs for autonomous heavy machines that include advanced machine-learning based algorithms, transmission of massive amounts of sensor data, real-time operation and safety-critical operational environment. The key idea is to bring design space exploration to a virtual platform by connecting a digital twin of the real machinery to SoC simulators.