RISC-V comes to PC with a new motherboard for developers

RISC-V PC motherboard, SiFive HiFive Unmatched

Thanks to SiFive and its HiFive Unmatched board, now RISC-V also comes the PC. Great news, especially for developers who need a powerful, native platform based on this ISA. Furthermore, it can work using standard PC components and a Linux distribution as the operating system.

If you are interested, you should know that you can now access the pre-purchase of this product since SiFive official website. Its price will be about € 665, and if you want more details, you can continue reading everything that this new RISC-V-based plate can bring to your desktop ...

La SiFive HiFive Unmatched It is a motherboard with miniIXT form factor and compatible with any power supply and tower for this type of standard. In addition, you can also add a PCIe graphics card that you would use in any x86 computer, as well as M.2 SSD hard drives and a network card in that same format. So you can build a complete RISC-V PC.

Our technical characteristics of this motherboard are:

  • Creator: YesFive
  • Model: HiFive Unmatched
  • SoC: SiFive Freedom U740 based on RISC-V
    • QuadCore SiFive U74-MC 64-bit.
    • 7-bit SiFive S64 (Real-Time) core
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR4 integrated into the motherboard (soldered).
  • Bonded warehouse: 32 MB SPI Flash for fast boot
  • Expansion slots:
    • M.2 PCIe (3rd Gen) x4 slot for NVMe SSD hard drive
    • M.2 E-Key slot for Bluetooth or WiFi network adapter
    • PCIe Gen 16 x3 slot (8-lanes) for graphics cards (anyone works with this interface for x86, such as AMD and NVIDIA).
  • Connectivity and I / O ports:
    • Gigabit Ethernet LAN or RJ-45
    • 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports
    • 2 microUSB Type-B ports
    • JTAG head
    • GPIO, I2C, QSPI, UART and PWM
  • Battery: to maintain the RTC.
  • Form factor: mini-ITX (170x170mm). It can be installed in any tower that supports this format, as well as using any power supply (150w) compatible with miniITX and 24-pin connector.
  • Supported OS and software:
    • Compatible with GNU / Linux distros.
    • Use the kit Freedom U-SDK with which you can create your own custom Linux distro. It includes Linux kernel, and additional packages for development such as U-Boot, OpenSBI, U-Boot SPL, the GNU GCC compiler, the powerful LLVM tools, etc.
  • Price range: 665 $

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