Sipeed Launches Promised Sub-$20 Nezha Various, the RISC-V-Powered LicheeRV

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Sipeed has formally launched its Allwinner D1-based mixture single-board laptop (SBC) and system-on-module (SOM), the LicheeRV — and has a variety of provider boards within the works to make full use of the system-on-chip’s performance.

Sipeed initially teased the at-the-time unnamed gadget two months in the past, promising a sub-$20 value level for considerably the identical specs because the $99 Nezha — the primary business board constructed round Allwinner’s D1. It is a value level the corporate has hit, although getting probably the most out of the gadget would require a provider board to interrupt out otherwise-unavailable peripherals.

The board is constructed round Allwinner’s D1 system-on-chip, which includes a XuanTie C906 single-core 1GHz RISC-V processor with pre-ratification vector and a few vendor-specific extensions, a HiFi4 digital-signal processor (DSP), and G2D graphics accelerator. To this, Sipeed has added 512MB of DDR3 reminiscence, microSD storage, an SPI interface for an non-compulsory 1.14″ shade show, and a USB Sort-C On-The-Go (OTG) port plus four-pin UART header.

It is a brief record of ports, however it’s a small board. Whereas technically purposeful as a single-board laptop, it is clear most might be selecting to utilize the LicheeRV as a system-on-module — connecting it to non-compulsory breakout boards by way of two M.2 B-key connectors on the board’s base.

To this point the corporate has teased two provider boards, which it hopes will launch in December: One converts the board right into a Raspberry Pi Zero-style type issue with HDMI, a 40-pin general-purpose enter/output (GPIO) header, a microphone, USB, and HDMI; the opposite, the LicheeRV-86, features a 480×480 shade touchscreen show, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Ethernet, and twin microphones.

As an Allwinner D1 gadget, software program assist is considerably restricted at current. Allwinner itself has a customized working system, Tina Linux, based mostly on a fork of an older launch of OpenWRT, and there is official assist for a Debian-based desktop. The RISC-V and Linux communities are engaged on extra assist, with some various distributions accessible in beta now, however work to mainline D1 assist continues to be ongoing.

The LicheeRV is now accessible to order from AliExpress at $16.90 for the naked board or $22 with non-compulsory show.

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