News New RISC-V Raspberry Pi Alternative VisionFive V1 Coming Soon

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It's really hard to call any SBC a "Raspberry Pi alternative" when it costs almost 5 times as much, and likely doesn't give you 5 times the performance.
It is nice that this has a Raspberry Pi compatible HAT interface though. So few "alternatives" do that.
 

coolestcarl

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Just a minor correction, the Raspberry Pi 4 with 8 GB costs £74. So the Vision V is approximately twice as expensive. But the PI is still nearly twice as fast in multi threading due to 4 cores vs 2 cores, so your point is still valid - its hardly an alternative if it costs twice as much and still performs half as well as the PI. There is still one major upside however. RISC V is open source hardware vs ARM, so hopefully as it gets more widely adopted, open hardware can only be a good thing for the consumer in the long run.
 

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The two SiFive U74 cores in this are RV64GBC with MMU.
I think RISC-V will only really take off in performance once SIMD support (the vector extension) gets widespread — something which every 64-bit ARM chip already has.
 

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