BeagleV is a RISC-V single board PC for $150 or less

Since the first Raspberry Pi launched almost a decade ago, there’s been an explosion of small, inexpensive single-board computers with ARM-based processors and support for Linux-based operating systems. The new BeagleV is a little different. It’s a small single-board PC with a RISC-V processor and support for several different GNU/Linux distributions as well as freeRTOS. With prices ranging […]

Lilbits: The death of CentOS Linux, the rise of RISC-V, and last call for the F(x)Tec Pro1 X

Most major smartphone makers have stopped shipping handsets with physical keyboards, opting instead for touchscreen-only phones with thin and light designs. But the F(x)Tec Pro1 is a phone custom made for fans of physical keyboards. It’s one of the only modern smartphones to feature a QWERTY keyboard that slides out from behind the screen. While […]

SiFive HiFive Unmatched RISC-V PC: Up for pre-order now, ships in early 2021 following a spec bump

SiFive’s HiFive Unmatched is a computer powered by the company’s Freedom U740 processor, the most powerful RISC-V processor commercially available at the moment. First unveiled in October, the HiFive Unmatched is now up for pre-order for $665 from Crowd Supply and Mouser Electronics. But there are a few changes: instead of shipping with 8GB of […]

Lilbits: Linux laptops, RISC-V hardware, and a ransomware attack (maybe)

Purism has been selling laptops designed to emphasize privacy and software freedom for a few years. But the company’s new Purism Librem 14 is the first of its Linux laptops to feature a 14 inch display. The laptop went up for pre-order in July, but it’s taken Purism a while to get all the necessary components […]

SiFive’s RISC-V PC coming soon for $665

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 […]

SiFive plans to unveil the first RISC-V PC in October, along with new RISC-V chips

Now that NVIDIA has announced plans to acquire Arm holdings, it may be a good time for a reminder that ARM and x86 aren’t the only options for chip designs. RISC-V is a free and open instruction set available for anyone to use without paying a royalty fee. While RISC-V isn’t as mature as some […]

PicoRio dev board PC with a RISC-V chip will be a low-cost, open source Raspberry Pi alternative

The Raspberry Pi line of tiny computers have made a big splash in recent years. For as little as $35 you can get a fully functional computer capable of running a variety of (mostly Linux-based) operating systems. Some models are even cheaper. A bunch of competitors have entered the space, but like the Raspberry Pi, […]

SiFive’s new U8-Series RISC-V chip designs should be competitive with ARM Cortex-A72

Laptop and desktop computers are dominated by x86 chips from Intel and AMD, while most modern smartphones and tablets ship with processors based on ARM designs (although the lines are blurring now that ARM-based Chromebooks and Windows PCs are a thing). But company called SiFive has been working to shake things up for the past […]

Lilbits 318: US throws ZTE a lifeline (after almost drowning it)

After banning US companies from selling goods to ZTE in April, causing the Chinese electronics company to basically suspend most operations, the United States Department of Commerce has signed an agreement with the company that could lead to the sanctions being lifted. The company reached an agreement with the Commerce Department last month that includes ZTE […]

SiFive unveils first Linux-ready RISC-V processor

Chips made by Intel and AMD currently dominate the PC space, while most smartphones and tablets tend to feature processors based on ARM designs. There are few other options, but one of the most intriguing are chips based on the RISC-V architecture. Since 2010, the RISC-V project has been developing an open instruction set architecture […]