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LowRISC: Trying To Bring Fully Open Hardware In A High Risk World

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Published on 08 August 2014 12:31 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
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LowRISC is a new venture that's "open to the core" with a goal of producing fully open hardware systems.

A Phoronix reader wrote in this week to share lowRISC, a hardware platform aiming to be open-source from its System-on-a-Chip (SoC) to the development boards. As implied by the name, lowRISC is based upon the 64-bit RISC-V instruction set.

While pricing or expected availability has yet to be shared, lowRISC is aiming to deliver a low-cost development board of the platform. LowRISC is operating as a not-for-profit organization aligned with the University of Cambridge, of whom many of the team members are staff members of the university. Several of the team members also have ties to the Raspberry Pi.

There isn't much to share yet but you can learn more at lowRISC.org.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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