Seeed Studios, the maker of Odyssey mini PCs we reviewed in August, partnered with reputable SBC vendor BeagleBoard to produce an affordable RISC-V system designed to run Linux.
The new BeagleV system (pronounced “Beagle Five”) features a 1GHz dual-core RISC-V CPU produced by StarFive, one of the RISC-V startups network created by well-known RISC-V vendor SiFive. good The CPU uses SiFive’s U74 standard dual-core – and differs from the simpler microcontroller design in that it has an MMU and all the other trims needed to run a full modern operating system such as a Linux distribution.
The StarFive VIC7100 processor design is aimed at cutting edge AI tasks as well as conventional computing. In addition to the two RISC-V CPU cores, it also includes a Tensilica Vision VP6 DSP for machine vision applications, Neural Network Engine, and a single-core NVDLA (Nvidia Deep Learning Accelerator) engine.
The BeagleV was not the first general-purpose RISC-V Linux PC to come out of SiFive’s design, or even the second. But it’s significantly more cost-effective than previous designs such as $ 680 HiFive Unmatched.The lower cost should make hobby enthusiasts even more attractive, as are ready-made Fedora Linux support with support for Debian Linux and FreeRTOS microcontroller operating system coming soon.
In addition to the StarFive processor, the BeagleV features 8GiB of LPDDR4 RAM, gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 chipset, and dedicated hardware video codecs that support H.264 and H.265 at 4K and 60fps. The system also has four USB 3.0 ports, full-size HDMI out, a common 3.5mm audio jack, and a 40-pin GPIO header. 5V / 3A power is passed through the USB Type-C port, and the system will boot from a standard SD card.
We expect a review trailer of the BeagleV at Ars in late March, with the first hardware delivered to the community in April. Prevalent general availability will arrive in September 2021, although the first hardware run will be all $ 140 / 8GiB systems, expect more budget models and less RAM on the following models.
BeagleV’s first pilot run will use Vision DSP hardware as a graphics processor, enabling full desktop graphics functionality under Fedora.The following hardware runs will include unspecified versions of the Imagine GPU.
Ars readers interested in purchasing the first “Pilot” boards due for April delivery can apply as part of the Starter Program here.
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