Seeed Studios—the makers of the Odyssey mini-PC we reviewed again in August—have teamed up with well-known SBC vendor BeagleBoard to supply an inexpensive RISC-V system designed to run Linux.

The brand new BeagleV (pronounced “Beagle 5”) system encompasses a dual-core, 1GHz RISC-V CPU made by StarFive—considered one of a community of RISC-V startups created by better-known RISC-V vendor SiFive. The CPU is predicated on two of SiFive’s U74 Commonplace Cores—and in contrast to less complicated microcontroller-only designs, it encompasses a MMU and all the opposite trimmings essential to run full-fledged fashionable working programs akin to Linux distributions.

StarFive’s VIC7100 processor design is geared toward edge AI duties in addition to general-purpose computing. Along with the 2 RISC-V CPU cores, it encompasses a Tensilica Imaginative and prescient VP6 DSP for machine-vision purposes, a Neural Community Engine, and a single-core NVDLA (Nvidia Deep Studying Accelerator) engine.

The BeagleV is not the primary general-purpose RISC-V Linux PC to return out of SiFive’s designs, and even the second—nevertheless it’s significantly less expensive than earlier designs such because the $680 HiFive Unmatched. The decrease price ought to make it way more engaging to hobbyists, as does the out-of-box help for Fedora Linux, with help for Debian Linux and the FreeRTOS microcontroller working system to return shortly afterward.

Along with the StarFive processor, BeagleV contains 8GiB of LPDDR4 RAM, gigabit Ethernet, an 802.11n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 chipset, and a devoted {hardware} video transcoder supporting H.264 and H.265 at 4K and 60fps.The system additionally gives 4 USB 3.0 ports, a full-size HDMI out, 3.5mm typical audio jack, and a 40-pin GPIO header. 5V/3A energy is delivered over a USB Kind-C port, and the system boots from a normal SD card.

We count on to have a assessment pattern of the BeagleV at Ars someday in late March, with neighborhood supply of the primary {hardware} run following in April. Widespread normal availability will come to cross in September 2021. Though the primary {hardware} run will probably be solely $140 / 8GiB programs, lower-cost variants with much less RAM are anticipated in following releases.

The preliminary pilot run of BeagleV will use the Imaginative and prescient DSP {hardware} as a graphics processor, permitting a full graphical desktop surroundings underneath Fedora. Following {hardware} runs will embrace an unspecified mannequin of Think about GPU as properly.

Ars readers enthusiastic about buying one of many early “pilot” boards scheduled for April supply can apply to be part of the preliminary program right here.

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