A brand new laptop computer billed as the primary ever to run atop RISC-V-based silicon is now accessible to pre-order (opens in new tab) on-line.
The product of a collaboration between DeepComputing and Xcalibyte, the brand new ROMA laptop computer will probably be powered by a thriller quad-core RISC-V processor and companion GPU, Arm safety enclave, as much as 16GB LPDDR4/X RAM and as a lot as to 256GB on-board storage.
ROMA, which is able to assist most Linux distros, is designed predominantly for builders engaged on software program constructed to run natively on RISC-V chips.
“Native RISC-V compile is a significant milestone,” mentioned (opens in new tab) Mark Himelstein, CTO at RISC-V Worldwide, the physique tasked with selling the instruction set structure (ISA).
“The ROMA platform will profit builders who wish to check their software program working natively on RISC-V. And it ought to be simple to switch code developed on this platform to embedded methods.”
RISC-V hits the laptop computer market
RISC-V is a free, open supply ISA constructed across the identical design ideas as Arm’s proprietary cores, which command royalties every time they’re built-in right into a chip.
In the meanwhile, RISC-V-based processors are far much less frequent than both Arm- or x86-based chips, however the motion seems to be gaining in momentum.
For instance, China is now leaning closely into RISC-V within the hope of minimizing its reliance on western semiconductor firms. And even Intel is dabbling within the house, having presumably come to the conclusion that x86 can not compete for energy effectivity in the long run.
The current success of Arm-based processors like Apple’s M-series chips is proof that RISC designs may have a future within the PC and workstation market, one thing that has not been misplaced on RISC-V Worldwide.
Till now, RISC-V has been discovered completely in dev kits, embedded know-how and the like, nevertheless it seems the leap to fully-featured shopper gadgets is now on the horizon.
“The ROMA native RISC-V improvement platform laptop computer demonstrates the ability of collaborative tradition and the potential of the RISC-V ecosystem,” mentioned Calista Redmond, CEO of RISC-V Worldwide.
“This design is an important bridge between improvement boards and RISC-V primarily based enterprise laptops that will probably be used for day-to-day work. We applaud the contributions of your complete improvement crew that collaborated to attain this vital second.”
To sweeten the deal and mark the event, the primary 100 fashions bought may also include a commemorative NFT. Make of that what you’ll.
There was no affirmation of pricing to date (the “pre-order” course of at the moment extends solely so far as submitting a declaration of curiosity), however the ROMA laptop computer is anticipated to begin transport in September.