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RISC-V Linux-running SBC

--- Quote ---Along with @SeeedStudio and StarFive, @BeagleBoardOrg just announced BeagleV™—an affordable 64-bit multicore @RISC_V credit-card sized computer designed to run @LinuxFoundation #Linux. Discover more at

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Relatively beefy specs too:

• RISC-V U74 Dual core with 2MB L2 cache @ 1.0GHz
• Vision DSP Tensilica-VP6 for computing vision
• NVDLA Engine 1 core (configuration 2048 MACs@800MHz )
• Neural Network Engine (1024MACs@500MHz)


Video Processing   
• Video Decoder (H264/H265) up to 4K@60FPS; Support Dual stream decoding for 2K@30FPS each
• Dual channels of ISP, each channel support up to 4K@30FPS
• 2 x MIPI-CSI, 1 x MIPI-DSI
• 1 x HDMI 1.4 support up to 1080P@60fps
• Support MIPI-CSI TX for video output after ISP and AI processing
• JPEG encoder/decoder

• 4 x USB 3.0 Ports
• 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
• 1 x 3.5mm Audio jack
• Support TRNG and OTP
• Support DMAC, QSPI and other peripheral
• Dedicated Audio Processing DSP and sub-system
• 40 Pin GPIO Header (28 x GPIO, I2C, I2S, SPI, UART)
• System boot from SD card
• 1 x Wi-Fi 2.4GHz b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.2
• Power with USB Type-C (5V@3A)
• 1 x Reset button and 1 x Power Button

From your link (it might get updated and change).

$119 for the 4 GB version and $149 for the 8 GB version.

Ignoring the early March 2021 release ones (to developers that they approve of etc etc), they seem to be planning September 2021, for general availability. (The website seems to be changing, and I can't find that date, again).

It makes an interesting alternative to the RasberryPI 4, at a not too bad, increase in cost, of around 50%, depending on what versions we are talking about, and comparing to.


--- Quote from: hamster_nz on January 13, 2021, 11:51:05 pm ---Video Processing   
• Video Decoder (H264/H265) up to 4K@60FPS; Support Dual stream decoding for 2K@30FPS each
• Dual channels of ISP, each channel support up to 4K@30FPS
• 1 x HDMI 1.4 support up to 1080P@60fps

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Is that right? H.265 4k@60FPS and only an HDMI 1.4 port?

The reports I saw at 2:30 AM NZ time (17 hours ago) said 1.5 GHz not 1 GHz.

As well as the "explain why it's to our advantage to give you an early one" page, several of the new stories had promo codes such as HACKSTER and CNXSOFTWARE for 10 people each to get into the first batch. I *think* I managed to snag one of those.

With weaker cores and only half as many it's not a Pi 4 competitor except in the broadest terms -- but it should beat a Pi 3 or 3+ on tasks that don't use NEON or more than two cores.

For dedicated uses or just experimenting it's a better deal than the HiFive Unmatched at $665, as both have the same CPU cores at (I'm presuming) the same clock speed. But the Unmatched's four cores, 16 GB DDR4 RAM (vs 8) M.2 SSD (vs SD), and PCIe for a real graphics card (SiFive demonstrates it with a $300 150W RX580) make the Unmatched a much better deal for use as a desktop computer if your time is worth anything.

*Hopefully* I'll be able to give direct comparisons (and with the $499 Icicle 600 MHz quad core U54, and HiFive Unleashed as well) by April or so.


--- Quote from: brucehoult on January 14, 2021, 06:48:20 am --- it's not a Pi 4 competitor except in the broadest terms

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Well, it does seem to have a number of features, which the RaspberryPI4, seems to be missing. Which if you want those features, makes it an interesting alternative.

Possible advantages over a PI4:

* Deterministic - Real Time Embedded Capabilities - according to their website
* Real Audo DSP (Dedicated), which the PI4 seems to be missing
* Other programmable processors on chip, that are programmable by the user. I.e. DSPs
* AI hardware capabilities
* Full sized HDMI port - not 100% sure, judging by the photo
* 8 GB of RAM that maybe more easily used, fully by available OSs (reportedly that is a weakness on the PI4, currently)
* More comprehensive/documented built in hardware functionality for the I/O user Ports
* Hand written assembly language, maybe more viable and easier
* Knowledge about this and other products, BEFORE it hits the market. Future PI versions, are usually un-announced, until they are on the market. This allows one to plan ahead, and make informed buying decisions. Rather than having to worry, that a new/better/cheaper variant, maybe around the corner
But in raw value and (fastest) computer power, per dollar terms. I agree, the PI 4, is going to probably win out. The huge PI4 user base, software base, add-on hardware availability, and relative cheapness. Make the PI4, near the top of many short-lists, in this category of single board computers.

The specific details (on their website), are somewhat brief, and not 100% clear (at least to me). So I could be mistaken, on the above list. Also, I'm NOT 100% sure of what the PI4 specifications and capabilities are, either.


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