Chinese companies DeepComputing and Xcalibyte have begun accepting pre-orders for the world’s first portable computer based on a processor with RISC-V architecture: the novelty is called Roma.
The laptop is aimed primarily at developers who create and test software for the RISC-V platform. But it is possible that in the future laptops based on Roma will reach the commercial market.
The computer is based on a kind of “system on module” (SOM), combining a RISC-V chip with four computing cores, a graphics accelerator and a neuroprocessing unit (NPU) designed to accelerate the execution of operations related to artificial intelligence and machine learning.
It is planned to release Roma Pro and Roma Standard models with a chip made according to 12- and 28-nanometer technology, respectively. It is important to note that the SOM host is upgradable.
The device supports up to 16GB LPDDR4/LPDDR4X RAM. You can install a solid state drive up to 256 GB. It is about compatibility with most Linux variants.
You can pre-order a laptop here. The first hundred buyers will receive an NFT token. Delivery of Roma is scheduled for the end of this year.
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