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 […]

lowRISC wants to design a fully-open processor and development board

Free and Open Source Software has earned quite a following since the first Linux kernel was released in 1991. But for the most part FOSS software runs on hardware that’s not entirely open. Even the popular Raspberry Pi computer which is designed to help students learn to program with the help of inexpensive hardware and Linux-based software […]