The new BeagleV system (known as “Beagle Five”) features a dual-core RISC-V 1GHz CPU made by StarviveOne from the RISC-V network Startups Created by well-known RISC-V vendor SiFive. The CPU is based on two SiFive U74 standard cores—- And unlike only the simpler microcontroller designs, it features the MMU and all the other parts necessary to run modern, complete operating systems like Linux distributions.
StarFive’s VIC7100 processor is designed for cutting-edge AI tasks as well as general-purpose computing. In addition to two RISC-V CPU cores, it features Tensilica Vision VP6 DSP For machine vision, neural network driver, and single core applications NVDLA (Nvidia Deep Learning Accelerator) engine.
The BeagleV isn’t the first general-purpose RISC-V Linux computer to come out of SiFive designs, or even the second – but it is more cost-effective than previous designs like $ 680. HiFive is unparalleled. The lower cost should make it more appealing to hobbyists, as does the ready-made support for Fedora Linux, with support for Debian Linux and FreeRTOS A microcontroller operating system will come soon thereafter.
In addition to the StarFive processor, the BeagleV includes 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, an 802.11n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 chipset, and a dedicated hardware video adapter that supports H.264 and H.265 at 4K and 60fps resolution. It offers four USB 3.0 ports, a full-sized HDMI output, a conventional 3.5mm audio jack, and a 40-pin GPIO connector. 5V / 3A power is delivered via the USB Type-C port, and the system boots from a standard SD card.
We expect to get a review sample from BeagleV in the Ars sometime in late March, with the community delivering its first hardware run in April. The general availability will happen on a large scale in September 2021. Although the first launch of the devices will be fully 140/8 GB systems, low-cost variants with less RAM are expected in the following versions.
BeagleV’s initial trial run will use Vision DSP hardware as a graphics processor, enabling a full graphic desktop environment under Fedora. The following device drivers will include an unspecified form of Imagine a GPU As well.
Ars readers interested in purchasing one of the early “demo” panels due for delivery in April can apply to participate in the initial program. Here.
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