Loyal HotHardware readers, you understand all about RISC-V, right? Well, simply in case you do not, a quick refresher is so as. RISC-V is an instruction set structure like ARM or x86, however not like these, it is utterly free and open-source. That means anybody could make their very own RISC-V CPU if they’ve the sources to take action.

The final bit there may be a part of what makes the world’s first RISC-V laptop computer so attention-grabbing. You see, over in China, DeepComputing and Xcalibyte have partnered as much as create a cell “development platform” referred to as ROMA. It’s a laptop computer, merely talking, however what it purportedly comprises is most curious and somewhat unclear.
An early render of the ROMA RISC-V laptop computer.

In its press launch, Xcalibyte describes the {hardware} within the ROMA as “a quad-core RISC-V CPU with free SoC and SOM upgrades.” It apparently contains “a GPU/NPU feature accelerator” in addition to a safety enclave processor. Xcalibyte guarantees that the ROMA will assist as much as 16GB of LPDDR4X reminiscence and as much as 256GB of “storage”, presumably by means of some type of solid-state media.

Nobody is anticipating (or ought to count on) the ROMA’s CPU to set efficiency information, however it might be highly-competitive throughout the world of RISC-V. Xcalibyte claims that it’s an all-new chip that can provide “the fastest, seamless RISC-V native software development available.”
The ROMA’s packaging will apparently additionally fold right into a stand.

As for an working system, you’ll in fact be restricted to Linux, however that is not such a severe restriction actually. More difficult will doubtless be creating the assist software program for Xcalibyte’s new CPU and GPU/NPU accelerator. Such software program, including-but-not-limited-to drivers, might be needed to supply the sort of consumer expertise that clients will count on from a laptop computer.

The press launch for the ROMA is full of buzzwords and apparently, the primary 100 clients to pre-order the ROMA will get a singular NFT. You may also elect to have your ROMA engraved together with your identify or firm’s identify. Unsurprisingly, portions might be restricted, so in case you’re actually enthusiastic about RISC-V, head over to the Xcalibyte site to place in for a pre-order.