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S. SmithRISC-V Assembly Language ProgrammingMaker Innovations Serieshttps://doi.org/10.1007/979-8-8688-0137-2_1

1. Getting Started

Stephen Smith1  
Gibsons, BC, Canada

Most people are familiar with Intel or AMD microprocessors lying at the heart of their desktop, laptop, or server, and, similarly, most cell phones and tablets use ARM microprocessors. RISC-V is the new entry built around open-source concepts. Before getting into the details of RISC-V, let’s first look at the history and evolution of modern microprocessors.

History and Evolution of the RISC-V CPU

At the heart of every computer, there is at least one Central Processing Unit (CPU) that executes ...

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