The new BeagleV is a little different. It’s a small single-board PC with a RISC-V processor and support for several different GNU/Linux distributions as well as freeRTOS.
With prices ranging from $120 to $150, the BeagleV is pricier than a Raspberry Pi computer, but it’s one of the most affordable and versatile options to feature a RISC-V processor. The makers of the BeagleV plan to begin shipping the first boards in April and you can sign up to apply for a chance to buy one of the first at the BeagleV website.
It’s a good sign that RISC-V hardware is getting more accessible – a truly open source ISA is something we need to compete with the proprietary mess that is ARM.
Nice wishes, except only the base ISA of RISC-V is open, like on ARM there are extensions and OEMs are free to add extensions of their own.
Already enjoying the upstream contributions from Western Digital and NVidia for their use of RISC-V ISA?
Expect RISC-V to turn into Android of open source ISAs, then lets see which mess it will turn into.