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Upcoming RISC-V laptop promises free silicon upgrades

Upcoming RISC-V laptop promises free silicon upgrades

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The world’s first laptop to use the RISC-V open source instruction set architecture (ISA) will reportedly start shipping in September.

The Roma laptop is available for preorder on Xcalibyte’s website, but the site merely takes interested parties’ information without providing much detail or any pricing. According to a report from The Register on Friday, the laptop will start shipping in September, according to spokespeople from Xcalibyte, which did system tuning for the laptop; a company called DeepComputing, which engineered the laptop; and RISC-V International.

According to the announcement from DeepComputing (which shares the same CEO with Xcalibyte, The Register reported), the Roma uses an unspecified quad-core processor with a 28 nm or, for the “pro” version, 12 nm node in a system-on-module (SoM) package. There’s also an Arm SecurCore SC300 security enclave processor, an unnamed GPU and neural processing unit, and a feature accelerator.

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