First native RISC-V laptop readies for market

First native RISC-V laptop readies for market

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By Nick Flaherty

ARM has spent decades working with partners on ARM-based laptops. Its open standard competitor, RISC-V, is looking to catch up fast with the first developers laptop.

The ROMA development platform from DeepComputing and Xcalibyte in China will use a forthcoming 12nm quad-core RISC-V processor to power the industry’s first native RISC-V laptop. This will also have a companion NPU/GPU for machine learning, video and graphics as well as a security enclave processor based on the ARM SC300 core.

 “Native RISC-V compile is a major milestone,” said Mark Himelstein, Chief Technology Officer for RISC-V International. “The ROMA platform will benefit developers who want to test their software running natively on RISC-V. And it should be easy to transfer code developed on this platform to embedded systems.”

The laptop, now on pre-order, will have up to 16G LPDDR4/LPDDR4X RAM and up to 256G storage and will support ‘most’ Linux variant operating systems.

“The ROMA native RISC-V development platform laptop demonstrates the power of collaborative culture and the potential of the RISC-V ecosystem,” said Calista Redmond, CEO of RISC-V International. “This design is a crucial bridge between development boards and RISC-V based business laptops that will be used for day-to- day work. We applaud the contributions of the entire development team that collaborated to achieve this important moment.”

Companies contributing to ROMA’s development include DeepComputing (engineering), PW (assembly), Xcalibyte (system tuning), ECP (security), XC (crypto), Rexeen (voice), LatticeX Foundation (PoS blockchain, NFT).

“With built-in PoS, NFT, and MetaMask-style wallet, ROMA is born for the Metaverse,” said Yuning Liang, Founder and CEO of Xcalibyte and DeepComputing. “This is the laptop of the future. We will spare no effort to provide the best RISC-V native development experience for developers.”

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