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DeepComputing and Xcalibyte have announced the ROMA, the world’s first RISC-V development laptop. RISC-V (“risk-five”) is an instruction set architecture developed at UC Berkeley that is unique for being open source, enabling anyone to manufacture a RISC-V chip or design a new processor without the worry of fees. A press release shared by DeepComputing and Xcalibyte can confirm some of the ROMA’s hardware, which includes an unannounced quad-core RISC-V processor, SecurCore SC300 (security enclave processor from Arm), GPU/NPU feature accelerator for video and AI, and support for up to 16 GB of LPDR4/LPDDR4X RAM and 256 GB of storage. The first 100 to pre-order the ROMA will receive a unique NFT, but it doesn’t seem to be clear what the laptop is officially priced at.

“Native RISC-V compile is a major milestone,” said Mark Himelstein, Chief Technology Officer for RISC-V International. “The ROMA platform will benefit developers who want to test their software running natively on RISC-V. And it should be easy to transfer code developed on this platform to embedded systems.”

“The ROMA native RISC-V development platform laptop demonstrates the power of collaborative culture and the potential of the RISC-V ecosystem,” said Calista Redmond, CEO of RISC-V International. “This design is a crucial bridge between development boards and RISC-V based business laptops that will be used for day-to-day work. We applaud the contributions of the entire development team that collaborated to achieve this important moment.”

“With built-in PoS, NFT, and MetaMask-style wallet, ROMA is born for the Metaverse,” said Yuning Liang, Founder and CEO of Xcalibyte and DeepComputing. “This is the laptop of the future. We will spare no effort to provide the best RISC-V native development experience for developers.”

Image: Xcalibyte

DeepComputing and Xcalibyte today opened pre-orders for the industry’s first native RISC-V development laptop. The hotly anticipated ROMA development platform features an unannounced quad-core RISC-V processor with a companion NPU/GPU for the fastest, seamless RISC-V native software development available.

A Web3-friendly platform with NFT creation and publication plus integrated MetaMask-style wallet, ROMA will create an even more integrated experience with future AR glasses and AI speakers operating entirely on RISC-V software and powered by RISC-V hardware.

Companies contributing to ROMA’s development include DeepComputing (engineering), PW (assembly), Xcalibyte (system tuning), ECP (security), XC (crypto), Rexeen (voice), LatticeX Foundation (PoS blockchain, NFT).

Sources: RISC-V, Xcalibyte

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12 comments

  1. I like that RISC-V is making progress.

    The world could use a license free instruction set.

    In an ideal world, it would be RISC-V that eventually supplants x86, not ARM.

    We don't need to replace one instruction set where innovation is obstructed by proprietary claims with another.

    I wonder how it performs.
  2. This sounded interesting until I clicked on the link...

    Some highlights:

    "The first 100 to pre-order the ROMA will receive a unique NFT, but it doesn’t seem to be clear what the laptop is officially priced at."

    '“With built-in PoS, NFT, and MetaMask-style wallet, ROMA is born for the Metaverse,” said Yuning Liang, Founder and CEO of Xcalibyte and DeepComputing.'

    "A Web3-friendly platform with NFT creation and publication plus integrated MetaMask-style wallet, ROMA will create an even more integrated experience with future AR glasses and AI speakers operating entirely on RISC-V software and powered by RISC-V hardware.

    "Companies contributing to ROMA’s development include DeepComputing (engineering), PW (assembly), Xcalibyte (system tuning), ECP (security), XC (crypto), Rexeen (voice), LatticeX Foundation (PoS blockchain, NFT)."
  3. This sounded interesting until I clicked on the link...

    Some highlights:

    "The first 100 to pre-order the ROMA will receive a unique NFT, but it doesn’t seem to be clear what the laptop is officially priced at."

    '“With built-in PoS, NFT, and MetaMask-style wallet, ROMA is born for the Metaverse,” said Yuning Liang, Founder and CEO of Xcalibyte and DeepComputing.'

    "A Web3-friendly platform with NFT creation and publication plus integrated MetaMask-style wallet, ROMA will create an even more integrated experience with future AR glasses and AI speakers operating entirely on RISC-V software and powered by RISC-V hardware.

    "Companies contributing to ROMA’s development include DeepComputing (engineering), PW (assembly), Xcalibyte (system tuning), ECP (security), XC (crypto), Rexeen (voice), LatticeX Foundation (PoS blockchain, NFT)."

    They mean "Point of Sale", but it reads much better if you use the other abbreviation POS stands for.

    That takes this from interesting to "hell no" in my book.
  4. Yeah, any time I see POS I have to do a double take as well. If I hadn't had some retail experience, decades ago, I wouldn't be familiar with the term.

    It's a shame they had to through NFTs into this. Oh well.
  5. Seems like they're trying to hard - whatever sticks, etc. - and that projects a lack of confidence.

    Still, it's not like there's no reason for excitement. Working RISC-V hardware that is affordable and available is a net positive for adoption, and as we've seen with ARM as implemented by Apple, x86 isn't the only instruction set that's capable of being used to push single-thread performance.
  6. They mean "Point of Sale", but it reads much better if you use the other abbreviation POS stands for.
    To be honest, my mind didn't attempt to expand that initialism as it was too focused on the accompanying buzzwords. But now that you mention it, it's interesting because point-of-sale is conventionally abbreviated in all-caps, whereas proof-of-stake is usually formatted as "PoS". (At least in my experience.) I wonder whether that was by accident. 🤔
  7. To be honest, my mind didn't attempt to expand that initialism as it was too focused on the accompanying buzzwords. But now that you mention it, it's interesting because point-of-sale is conventionally abbreviated in all-caps, whereas proof-of-stake is usually formatted as "PoS". (At least in my experience.) I wonder whether that was by accident. 🤔
    I could also be wrong. I'm not hip to all the crypto lingo.
  8. You know, I hadn't even considered Proof of Stake but that does make sense considering the merge is on its way, some day, some year, etc.

    I keep hearing that, but as time goes on, "the merge" is more and more starting to sound like some religious belief in the end times that is supposed to come, but then gets readjusted when it doesn't :p
  9. Didn't you guys get the memo? The deadline for Ethereum's transition from "proof of waste" to "proof of stake" is firmly set to six months from today. Just as it was six months ago. ;)
    I could also be wrong. I'm not hip to all the crypto lingo.
    Oh, your interpretation is probably correct. I was just confused by the reference to Point of Sale (POS) because the snippets from my earlier post were quoted verbatim from the article, and I hadn't considered the meaning or use of "PoS" an essential part of the message from the Church of Crypto. I thought it was suggested that the quotations were chosen because of the term PoS (to mean Proof of Stake). Not that it matters — I may have a tendency to overanalyze things at times.

    POS could also mean Parts of Speech, Power on Standby, Partially Ordered Set, [hundreds of other possibilities], or my preference in the context of crypto: Piece of S**t. :D
    I keep hearing that, but as time goes on, "the merge" is more and more starting to sound like some religious belief in the end times that is supposed to come, but then gets readjusted when it doesn't :p
    I do consider cypto a religion at this stage in its existence. It has the defining characteristics of one. There was a related post in the news section about a new "NFT-based" console. The crypto cultists clearly fear the death of their religion and seek new platforms to promote their get-rich-quick pyramid schemes. Crypto brings out the worst in humanity, and if it all goes up in flames yesterday it won't be soon enough. 🔥 That includes the buzzword-enriched Web 3.0 dystopian vision and all its Metaverses too.
  10. could also mean
    Acronyms. ugh! I've got enough varied responsibilities and interactions with different industries that I've seen the same ones reused. It's truly mind-numbing.

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