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  • RISC-V SiFive Freedom Unleahsed 540 SoC / HiFive Unleashed Board Added To Coreboot

    Phoronix: RISC-V SiFive Freedom Unleahsed 540 SoC / HiFive Unleashed Board Added To Coreboot

    Landing today within the Coreboot Git tree is support for the RISC-V based SiFive Freedom Unleashed 540 System-on-a-Chip and SiFive's Unleashed mainboard making use of this SoC built around the royalty-free and open processor ISA...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...-Hits-Coreboot

  • #2
    Someone needs to build a socketed version of this chip, and an ATX or Mini-ITX form-factor motherboard, with PCIe slots, DDR4 RAM slots, VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0, WiFi, SATA 3, M.2 support, etc...
    Then that might spur more Linux development and it could turn into a viable ARM or x86 competitor.

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    • #3
      If only Freedom GPU is there too

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mzs.112000 View Post
        Someone needs to build a socketed version of this chip, and an ATX or Mini-ITX form-factor motherboard, with PCIe slots, DDR4 RAM slots, VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0, WiFi, SATA 3, M.2 support, etc...
        Then that might spur more Linux development and it could turn into a viable ARM or x86 competitor.
        It'll come - Let them learn to walk before asking them to run a marathon.

        There is a lot of interest in this uArch, this is just the beginning of a very long road.

        I am sure that we will get RPi style boards soon enough

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        • #5

          It would be great if a version of this board, with less RAM (non-ECC) could come out one day at the $99 price point, when it's a bit more mature.

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          • #6
            $999 USD for similar or less specs than you'd get out of a $99 USD SBC?(RK3999 like the Rock64/RockPro64/ODROID-N1) What's the big cost difference? It seems to be more in ARM SBC offerings than x86? No video out/GPU for that price tag is a bit of a bummer.

            If it's possible for the costs to be a fraction of that $999 with some more adoption and mass production, how long might one expect that? Besides the open design of RISC-V for CPU, and I guess CoreBoot, what else justifies the price tag? Is there some other advantage over the ARM SBCs?

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            • #7
              This sucks, it is so expensive.
              I would pay no more than a Raspberry Pi for this.
              Raspberry Pi has superior tooling and price. It is a better product at a better price.
              This SiFive is a worse product at a worse price.

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              • #8
                These boards are just for serious developers and kernel hackers. Basically, there doesn't exist a distribution that can run on this, and most software won't compile out of the repo. You SSH into this, and try to get something to work. At $1k, they ensure that they sell out whatever they produce, and that the people getting them aren't just hobbyists but actual developers. Pretty much everyone wants to get on the riscv train. It's the worlds first non-emulated riscv 64-bit core.

                I doubt you'll see a consumer board for riscv until 2019-2020. Imagine if they did sell these for $99, then people getting them can do absolutely nothing on the board, complain, return them, etc. It's smarter for them to choose a price point that will ensure the appropriate target audience gets their hands on these, not just the curious.

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                • #9
                  Wow extremely expensive...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AndyChow View Post
                    It's smarter for them to choose a price point that will ensure the appropriate target audience gets their hands on these, not just the curious.
                    or they just expect to sell 100 of them(since they are unusable for end users) and have to pay salaries

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