Ibex development started in 2015 under the name “Zero-riscy” as part of the PULP platform for energy-efficient computing. Much of the code was developed by simplifying the RV32 CPU core “RI5CY” to demonstrate how small a RISC-V CPU core could actually be . To make it even smaller, support for the “E” extension was added under the code name “Micro-riscy”. In the PULP ecosystem, the core is used as the control core for PULP, PULPino and PULPissimo.
In December 2018 lowRISC took over the development of Zero-riscy and renamed it to Ibex.