As promised, SiFive has unveiled a new computer featuring the company’s SiFive FU740 processor based on RISC-V architecture.
The company, which has been making RISC-V chips for several years, is positioning its new SiFive HiFive Unmatched computer as a professional development board for those interested in working with RISC-V. But unlike the company’s other HiFive boards, the new Unmatched model is designed so that it can be easily integrated into a standard PC.
It’s a mini-ITX form-factor board with an ATX 24-pin power supply connector and:
8GB16GB* of DDR4 RAM (onboard)
- M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 3 x4 slot for NVMe storage
- PCIe Gen 3 x8 expansion slot
- M.2 Key E slot for a wireless card
- microSD card reader
- 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A prots
- microUSB port
- Gigabit Ethernet
The whole thing is powered by a SiFive FU740 system-on-a-chip which is a 64-bit processor that features four SiFive U74 CPU cores and a single SiFive S7 embedded CPU cores.
SiFive says the system can support GNU/Linux distributions including Yocto, Debian, and Fedora.
The SiFive HiFive Unmatched costs $665 and will ship in the
fourth quarter of 2020 first quarter of 2021.
*SiFive originally announced plans to ship the HiFive Unmatched with 8GB of RAM, but doubled that to 16GB.