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Future Electronics and Microsemi to Host Hackathon for RISC-V CPU on Avalanche FPGA in Santa Clara

Montreal, Canada (forpressrelease) November 26, 2018 - Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, and Microsemi, a leading supplier of semiconductor and system solutions, are hosting a hackathon for the RISC-V CPU running Linux on an Avalanche FPGA board on December 4 - 5, 2018 in Santa Clara, California.

RISC-V (pronounced "risk-five") is a free and open ISA enabling a new era of processor innovation through open standard collaboration. In this Hackathon, participants are tasked with adding to the RISC-V Linux community. They will be hacking on a soft RISC-V CPU running Linux on the low-cost Avalanche FPGA board.

Hackathon participants could implement a hardware hack by bringing an Arduino shield, Mikrobus or PMOD peripheral and create a solution. They could implement an application using peripherals such as the PMOD Ambient Light Sensor or Adafruit Neopixel Shield. The hack could also be a software-based solution which adds to the RISC-V Linux ecosystem, such as a security solution or a unique bootloader, or anything else that could prove to be useful.

Teams can be made up of one to two people, and eligible participants will be invited to the floor of the RISC-V Summit 2018 Expo, which will be held in the Santa Clara Convention Center on Dec 4th and 5th. First prize is a Visa gift card for USD $1000.00, with second and third-place teams receiving Visa gift cards of $500.00 and $250.00 respectively, along with goody bags for all participants.

Click here to register for the RISC-V Hackathon in Santa Clara, California. To watch a video about the unique features of RISC-V, click here

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About Future Electronics

Future Electronics is a global leader in electronics distribution, recognized for providing customers with global supply chain solutions, custom-tailored engineering services and a comprehensive suite of passives and semiconductor products. Founded by Robert Miller in 1968, Future Electronics has over 5,500 employees and operates in 169 offices in 44 countries around the world. Future Electronics is globally integrated, with a unified IT infrastructure that delivers real-time inventory availability and access to customers. With the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering capabilities, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, Future's mission is always to Delight the Customer®. For more information, visit

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  • Name: Martin H. Gordon

    Company: Future Electronics

    Telphone: +1-514-6947710 , -

    Address: 237 Hymus Boulevard, Pointe Claire, Quebec H9R 5C7