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BeagleBoard has launched a new single-board computer called the BeagleV-Ahead. It’s the same shape as the company’s BeagleBone Black and it’s compatible with some accessories designed for that board.

But instead of an ARM-based processor, the new BeagleV-Ahead is powered by a quad-core RISC-V processor. The new board is available now for around $149.

At the heart of the new board is an Alibaba T-Head TH1520 chip which features four 2 GHz Xuantie C910 CPU cores, Imagination BXM-4-64 integrated graphics and a neural processing unit with up to 4 TOPS of AI performance.

It’s the same system-on-a-chip that Sipeed tapped for the recently launched Lichee Pi 4A, which sells for $119 and up.

While BeagleBoard’s system is a little more expensive, it’s also a versatile system that features 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 16GB of onboard eMMC flash storage and a set of ports and connectors that includes:

  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek TRL8211F-VD-CG)
  • 1 x micro USB 3.0
  • 1 x microSD card reader
  • 1 x micro HDMI port
  • 2 x CSI connectors
  • 1 x DSI connector
  • mikroBUS Shuttle (UART/I2C/SPI/ADC/PWM/GPIO)
  • 92-pin Beaglebone Cape headers (P8 and P9)

The board has a barrel power jack with support for a 5V power supply and an Ampak AP6203BM wireless module with support for dual-band WiFi 4 and Bluetooth 5.2 connections.

You can find more details in the BeagleV-Ahead documentation, or buy the board from one of BeagleBoard’s partners, including DigiKey, Newark, OKdo, or RS Components.

via BeagleBoard newsletter and Hacker News 

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