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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.


The CV32E40P user manual can be found in the docs folder and it is captured in reStructuredText, rendered to html using Sphinx. These documents are viewable using readthedocs and can be viewed here.


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 RTL sources.


A changelog is generated automatically in the documentation from the individual pull requests. In order to enable automatic changelog generation within the CV32E40P documentation, the committer is required to label each pull request that touches any file in 'rtl' (or any of its subdirectories) with Component:RTL and label each pull request that touches any file in 'docs' (or any of its subdirectories) with Component:Doc. Pull requests taht are not labeled or labeled with ignore-for-release are ignored for the changelog generation.

Only the person who actually performs the merge can add these labels (you need committer rights). The changelog flow only works if at most 1 label is applied and therefore pull requests that touches both RTL and documentation files in the same pull request are not allowed.


Example synthesis constraints for the CV32E40P are provided.


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 to the dev branch.
  • Split large contributions into smaller commits addressing individual changes or bug fixes. Do not mix unrelated changes into the same commit!
  • Do not mix updates within the 'rtl' directory with updates within the 'docs' directory ino the same pull request.
  • 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.
  • If the PR gets accepted and merged into the the dev branch, an action is triggered automatically to check whether the changes are logically equivalent to the frozen RTL on a given set of parameters. If the changes are logically equivalent, the dev branch is automatically merged into the master branch. Otherwise, we need to investigate manually. If a bug is found, thus the changes are not logically equivalent, we follow the procedure documented here.

For more details on how this is implemented, have a look at this page.

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.

The RTL code has been formatted with "Verible" v0.0-1149-g7eae750. Run ./util/format-verible to format all the files.

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)