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The VisionFive V1 is a RISC-V alternative to Raspberry Pi and is coming soon

The StarFive VisionFive V1 is a RISC-V based alternative to the Raspberry Pi. (Image: StarFive)
The StarFive VisionFive V1 is a RISC-V based alternative to the Raspberry Pi. (Image: StarFive)
StarFive has unveiled the VisionFive V1 single-board computer. What sets this apart from other SBCs is that it is powered by a RISC-V based SoC, rather than an Arm or Intel chip, and is among the first full-featured models to hit the market.

RISC-V SoCs are slowly but surely starting to make their mark. An open-source alternative to ARM’s proprietary RISC-based chips, they have caught the eye of Intel which is developing its own RISC-V SoC as well as Chinese companies keen to avoid any bans that have seen the likes of Huawei indirectly barred from using Arm-based chips by the US government. Unsurprisingly, StarFive is a Chinese company and has announced the VisionFive V1 RISC-V single-board computer, among the first full-featured models to hit the market.

The VisionFive V1 is situated on a 3.9-inch x 2.8-inch PCB which includes a 1.5 GHz dual-core SiFive U74 SoC. It won’t set the world on fire in terms of its performance, but it will be an ideal platform for enthusiasts and those interested in coding and exploring the chips’ AI capabilities. It also supports hardware-accelerated video decoding for 4K/60 Hz video or two 4K videos running at 30 Hz. It also comes with a generous 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, which suggests it is clearly targeted at the Raspberry Pi audience.

Connectivity and other ports include:

  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet

  • 1 x HDMI 1.4

  • 1 x 3.5mm audio

  • 4 x USB 3.0

  • 1 x USB Type-C (for power)

  • Wi-Fi 4

  • Bluetooth 4.2

  • 40-pin GPIO header

  • MIPI-DSI

  • MIPI-CSI

The StarFive VisionFive V1 will ship with support for Fedora Linux along with other distros including Yocto, Buildrooth, FreeRTOS and Zephyr. The company says it also plans support for other operating systems in the future. No release date is currently set for the board, but it will be priced at US$149 when it does go on sale. The company will be presenting at the 2021 RISC-V Summit on December 8 where it will talk more about the VisionFive V1’s capabilities.

Buy the SparkFun RED-V Redboard RISC-V SBC from Amazon for just US$39.95.

(Image: StarFive)
(Image: StarFive)

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1360 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-11-30 (Update: 2021-11-30)