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    Phoronix: Linux 4.17 Sees Port To Andes NDS32 CPU Architecture

    While Linux 4.17 is set to drop support for some older/unmaintained CPU architectures, it looks like it will land at least one new port for Linux 4.17 for the Andes NDS32 CPU architecture...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...17-Andes-NDS32

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    Who cares about this, and why would anyone want to use this when they can use ARM or RISC-V?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by uid313 View Post
      Who cares about this, and why would anyone want to use this when they can use ARM or RISC-V?
      RISC-V is nowhere near production ready and ARM CPUs aren't even in the same ballpark.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by uid313 View Post
        Who cares about this, and why would anyone want to use this when they can use ARM or RISC-V?
        Plenty of people care. Andes is not a low-volume processor family - they've shipped multiple billions of cores. It's just not into big flashy things like smartphones. It competes with Tensilica, Cortus, and ARC in deep-embedded control-core applications.

        RISC-V will probably do well; Andes themselves is now offering RISC-V cores with their own ISA extensions - but it's still new, and until relatively recently, didn't have much ecosystem. Things like extensive RTOS support, optimized DSP libs, availability of hard macro, etc, all matter, and while RISC-V is making progress on all of the above, it's still a fairly new development.

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        • #5
          Typo:

          Originally posted by phoronix View Post
          low-power/small-frootprint scenarios.

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          • #6
            Andes had me thinking South American, which piqued my interest. But they appear to be Taiwanese.

            http://www.andestech.com/about.php?id=13

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