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SiFive Performance P650 RISC-V processor revealed as a challenger to ARM Cortex-A77

At the RISC-V Summit in California today, chip designer SiFive revealed its new Performance P650 processor. According to SiFive its latest offering is 50% more powerful than the Performance P550, which was just launched in June. The 64-bit Performance P650 utilizes the same “thirteen-stage, triple-issue, out-of-order pipeline” as the P550. Instruction-issue width has been increased […]

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The latest RISC-V specifications open new AI and IoT possibilities

RISC-V International has announced the ratification of 15 new specifications for the RISC-V ISA that it says will speed the pace of adoption in a variety of markets. The organization highlighted three of those specifications — Vector, Scalar Cryptography, and Hypervisor — in a press release issued just ahead of this year’s RISC-V summit in […]

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VisionFive V1 single-board RISC-V computer picks up where the BeagleV left off

The BeagleV was supposed to be one of the first affordable single-board computers with a RISC-V processor. But the board, which was introduced in January, never went into mass production and the whole project was cancelled in July. But now StarFive has unveiled a new single-board computer with similar specs but a slightly different design. […]

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Sipeed LicheeRV is a $17 computer module with a RISC-V 64-bit processor

Sipeed’s new LicheeRV is a tiny computer-on-a-module featuring a 64-bit RISC-V processor, 512MB of RAM, a microSD card for storage and a USB-C port for power and/or debugging. While the tiny computer isn’t exactly a speed demon, with prices starting as low as $17, it’s one of the most affordable RISC-V computers to date. It […]

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SiFive says its next RISC-V processor outperforms ARM Cortex-A78

When RISC-V chip designer SiFive introduced its Performance P550 processor in June, the company said it was the highest-performance processor based on RISC-V architecture to date. Now the company is previewing a new processor that SiFive says is 50% faster, allowing the new chip to outperform an ARM Cortex-A78 processor. SiFive’s announcement is a bit […]

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Lilbits: Raspberry Pi + LEGOS, Alibaba open sources its RISC-V chips, Mac Pro could have 40-core CPU and 128-core graphics

Raspberry Pi’s latest device is an add-on that lets you use a Raspberry Pi 4, Raspberry Pi Zero, or Raspberry Pi 400 as the brains of a LEGO robot. Alibaba has unveiled a high-performance 128-core server chip based on ARM technology… but the company has also announced it’s open sourcing the technology behind its low-power […]

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This $399 RISC-V dev board features 3D graphics and comes with a 7 inch display

A handful of single-board computers with RISC-V processors have hit the market over the past year or so, making it easier for developers to begin working with hardware powered by RISC-V chips. But most have been low-power, low-performance systems that ship without any sort of 3D graphics processor. The new Alibaba T-Head RVB-ICE dev board […]

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Lilbits: Amazon’s Echo plans leaked, SiFive HiFive RISC-V dev board benchmarked, and more

Amazon is holding an event on September 28, 2021 when the company is expected to announce new hardware including updates to its Echo line of smart speakers and displays. According to a new report from Bloomberg, some of those devices could be a 15 inch smart display designed to be mounted to a wall and/or […]

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Lilbits: Microsoft breaks Windows 11 with an ad, Apple is doing something with RISC-V

Windows 11 begins rolling out to the public on October 5th, but folks in the Windows Insider program have been beta testing preview builds for months, and Microsoft is continually rolling out new features to insiders. One of the latest… basically broke the operating system. What Microsoft describes as “an issue with a server-side deployment” […]

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Imagination plans return to the CPU market with RISC-V chips

Imagination Technologies is a company that’s probably best known for making PowerVR graphics processors, especially since selling off its MIPS processor division a few years ago. But now Imagination has announced plans to return to the CPU market. This time the company plans to design chips based on RISC-V architecture. RISC-V is an open instruction […]