ROMA: World’s First Native RISC-V Laptop Announced with Quad-Core CPU, 16 GB RAM, and Linux Support

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Image: DeepComputing/Xcalibyte

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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