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Framework making moves towards RISC-V

by on24 June 2024

New options arriving

The Framework Laptop 13 will have a  RISC-V motherboard option.

According to OMG Ubuntu  the collaboration between Framework Computer and DeepComputing is set to introduce a new mainboard powered by the StarFive JH7110 processor, a 64-bit CPU with four SiFive U74 cores and a maximum speed of 1.5 GHz.

Although still in the early stages of development, this initiative marks a significant step towards diversifying the processor options available for the Framework Laptop 13, which currently offers AMD Ryzen 5 7640U, Intel 13th Gen, or Meteor Lake processors.

The RISC-V mainboard will feature soldered memory and non-upgradeable eMMC storage, but it will maintain the Framework's commitment to modularity, as it can be inserted into any Framework Laptop 13 chassis or Cooler Master Mainboard Case.

The collaboration with Canonical and Red Hat aims to ensure robust Linux support through Ubuntu and Fedora, highlighting the importance of open-source software in this venture.

Framework's announcement emphasizes that the current generation of the RISC-V mainboard is primarily aimed at developers, tinkerers, and hobbyists.

 It acknowledges that the peripheral set and performance levels are not yet on par with their Intel and AMD-powered counterparts. Nevertheless, the company views this as a "huge milestone" for both the expansion of the Framework ecosystem and the accessibility of RISC-V technology.

In addition to the RISC-V mainboard, Framework has also released open-source CAD for the Framework Laptop 13 shell, encouraging the development of custom skins, cases, and accessories.

Moreover, the availability of Factory Seconds systems with British English and German keyboards presents a more affordable entry point into the Framework ecosystem.

Framework's commitment to an open, repairable, and customisable Consumer Electronics industry is evident in these developments, and it's clear that they are eager to foster a community where innovation and personalisation are at the forefront.

As the RISC-V Summit Europe approaches, many will look forward to seeing the early prototype of the RISC-V Mainboard in action and learning more about this exciting project.

Last modified on 24 June 2024
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