First RISC-V laptop gets performance boost and Ubuntu

First RISC-V laptop gets performance boost and Ubuntu

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

The DC-ROMA RISC-V Laptop II is the world’s first RISC-V laptop pre-installed and powered by Ubuntu, which is one of the most popular Linux distributions in the world, providing developers with an outstanding mix of usability and reliability, as well as a rich ecosystem with security and support.

Adding to a long list of firsts, the new DC-ROMA laptop II is the first to feature SpacemiT’s SoC K1 — with its 8-cores RISC-V CPU running at up to 2.0 GHz with 16GB of memory. This significantly doubled its overall performance and energy efficiency over the previous generation’s 4-cores SoC running at 1.5 GHz. Moreover, SpacemiT’s SoC K1 is also the first SoC to support RISC-V high performance computing RVA 22 Profile RVV 1.0 with 256 bit width, and to have powerful AI capabilities with its customised matrix operation instruction based on IME Group design principle!

This second-generation DC-ROMA RISC-V laptop also features an all-metal casing making it more durable, as well as improving heat dissipation and more on its premium class look and feel compared to previous generation.

Ubuntu is one of the most popular open-source operating systems among developers, renowned for its user-friendly interface, security, and robustness. Canonical believes that open source is the best way to accelerate innovation, and aims to help developers focus on taking their products to market faster by ensuring the stability of underlying frameworks. As RISC-V is becoming a competitive ISA in multiple markets, porting Ubuntu to RISC-V to become the reference OS for early adopters was a natural choice.

Gordan Markuš, Director of Silicon Alliances at Canonical, explains: “The launch of the DC-ROMA II represents a major leap forward for the open-source community. RISC-V laptops will empower everyone, from seasoned developers to novice users, to develop, experiment and innovate for the architecture. Additionally, this development showcases the adaptability and robustness of Ubuntu and showcases Canonical’s commitment to the RISC-V ecosystem. Our vision with DeepComputing is that we are not just collaborating on a product, we are igniting a movement towards an environment where open standards and collaboration can thrive.”

“In conjunction with Canonical, the arrival of the DC-ROMA RISC-V Laptop II is a significant milestone in our mission to bring innovative and open standards hardware solutions to the market,” added Yuning Liang, Founder and CEO of DeepComputing. 

Dr. Zhijian Chen, Founder and CEO of SpacemiT said, “ This collaboration marks a significant milestone in the RISC-V ecosystem with a product that not only doubles the performance of its predecessor but also pioneers support for the RISC-V RVA 22 Profile RVV 1.0. We believe this laptop will empower users with unparalleled computing power and efficiency, enabling new possibilities in various applications.”

The new laptop is making its debut at the RISC-V Summit Europe 2024.

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