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  • Ubuntu 22.10 Aiming To Support The $16+ Sipeed LicheeRV RISC-V Board

    Phoronix: Ubuntu 22.10 Aiming To Support The $16+ Sipeed LicheeRV RISC-V Board

    In addition to Ubuntu supporting the StarFive VisionFive and Nezha RISC-V boards, Canonical engineers are also working on supporting the Sipeed LicheeRV board too for next month's 22.10 release. The Sipeed LicheeRV is notable in being one of the cheapest RISC-V boards out there: pricing starts at $16.90 USD...

    https://www.phoronix.com/news/Ubuntu...ipeed-LicheeRV

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    Are those M.2 connectors there so it acts as an expansion card for a M.2 slot? Seems a little strange that it has a pair of them too.

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    • #3
      *Dock sold separately......

      maybe 12bucks usd...
      https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3256...d=54Ye8FT0ghPo

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      • #4
        Originally posted by schmidtbag View Post
        Are those M.2 connectors there so it acts as an expansion card for a M.2 slot? Seems a little strange that it has a pair of them too.
        I'm pretty sure M.2 here is only for the readily-available, so cheap, physical connector*. Not unlike how the Pi 3 compute module used a DRAM socket physical connector, but was definitely not for insertion into a DRAM socket.

        * so they should really be using an M.2 socket with a G-keying, but that would likely be a non-off-the-shelf part adding more to the carrier-board manufacturing cost, which is something Sispeed would be very cost-sensitive about in devices in this price range. To be fair, with two side-by-side slots, as you note, it is unlikely to fit anything not explicitly designed for it anyway, so the miss-keying is probably not a real issue in this case.
        Last edited by Viki Ai; 16 September 2022, 12:21 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Viki Ai View Post
          I'm pretty sure M.2 here is only for the readily-available, so cheap, physical connector*. Not unlike how the Pi 3 compute module used a DRAM socket physical connector
          Exactly. 2x M.2 connectors is much cheaper than the mezzanine connectors used on the Pi 4 CM, and I think cheaper than the SO-DIMM socket used by the Pi 3 and earlier CM.

          Sipeed sell a pretty nice expansion board for just $5!

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