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CV32E40P is a small and efficient, 32-bit, in-order RISC-V core with a 4-stage pipeline that implements the RV32IM[F]C instruction set architecture, and the Xpulp custom extensions for achieving higher code density, performance, and energy efficiency [1], [2]. It started its life as a fork of the OR10N CPU core that is based on the OpenRISC ISA. Then, under the name of RI5CY, it became a RISC-V core (2016), and it has been maintained by the PULP platform team until February 2020, when it has been contributed to OpenHW Group.

Please be aware that a portion of the RTL that comprises the CV32E40P's floating-point unit is maintained in the PULP Platform FPNEW project. To download the fpnew repository, please type:

make deps


The CV32E40P user manual can be found in this repository.


The verification environment for the CV32E40P is not in this Repository. There is a small, simple testbench here which is useful for experimentation only and should not be used to validate any changes to the RTL prior to pushing to the master branch of this repo.

The verification environment for this core as well as other cores in the OpenHW Group CORE-V family is at the core-v-verif repository on GitHub.

The Makefiles supported in the core-v-verif project automatically clone the appropriate version of the cv32e40p and fpnew RTL sources from their respective repositories.

Physical Design

Coming soon!


We highly appreciate community contributions. We are currently using the lowRISC contribution guide. To ease our work of reviewing your contributions, please:

  • Create your own fork to commit your changes and then open a Pull Request.
  • Split large contributions into smaller commits addressing individual changes or bug fixes. Do not mix unrelated changes into the same commit!
  • Write meaningful commit messages. For more information, please check out the the Ibex contribution guide.
  • If asked to modify your changes, do fixup your commits and rebase your branch to maintain a clean history.

When contributing SystemVerilog source code, please try to be consistent and adhere to the lowRISC Verilog coding style guide.

To get started, please check out the "Good First Issue" list.

Issues and Troubleshooting

If you find any problems or issues with CV32E40P or the documentation, please check out the issue tracker and create a new issue if your problem is not yet tracked.


  1. Gautschi, Michael, et al. "Near-Threshold RISC-V Core With DSP Extensions for Scalable IoT Endpoint Devices." in IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, vol. 25, no. 10, pp. 2700-2713, Oct. 2017

  2. Schiavone, Pasquale Davide, et al. "Slow and steady wins the race? A comparison of ultra-low-power RISC-V cores for Internet-of-Things applications." 27th International Symposium on Power and Timing Modeling, Optimization and Simulation (PATMOS 2017)

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