The company says the SpacemiT RISC-V K1 processor selected for this board is a 64-bit, 8-core chip with single-core performance comparable to what you’d expect from a 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A55 processor. So the BPI-F3 isn’t exactly going to be a speed demon, but it could be an interesting development platform for those looking to get their feet wet with RISC-V architecture… especially when you factor in some of the board’s other features.
For example, according to the press release, the K1 chip supports 4K video encoding and decoding, offers up to 2 TOPS of AI performance, and supports up to 16GB of LPDDR4/x memory.
The BPI-F4 also has 5 lanes of PCIe 2.1 support and what looks like an M.2 slot, which could allow you to connect an SSD, wireless modem, or other expansion cards.
It also has a selection of ports that includes two RJ45 Ethernet ports, HDMI, USB Type-A and Type-C ports, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack. There’s also a 26-pin GPIO header.
Interestingly, the product announcement indicates that the board has “1x USB 3.0 + 2x USB 2.0 interfaces,” but there appear to be four USB 3.x ports in the pictures, so I wonder if “interfaces” refer to additional connection points on the board.
Pricing and availability details should be announced closer to launch, presumably along with more details about the hardware.