Antmicro, a RISC-V adopted software company, has released the first embedded Linux-based RISC-V product. The ARVSOM module is RPi CM4 compliant and runs Linux on the StarFive 710 SoC, which is based on RISC-V architecture. For clustering projects, the ARVSOM can be used in place of the CM4 on Antmicro’s latest Scalenode carrier.
Antmicro’s ARVSOM RISC-V compute module
The StarFive 71×0 system-on-chip is at the heart of ARVSOM. The first Linux-capable RISC-V SoC aims for popular, general-purpose edge applications, and expects its functionality in millions of devices based on the open source RISC-V ISA. The SoC is also used in the BeagleV StarLight development framework (GitHub repo), which was recently released to beta users, including Antmicro, who will be testing its robustness and reliability in real-world scenarios, while the development group focuses on expanding RISC-V software support. The SoC contains two AI accelerators: the open source NVDLA and the commercial NVDLA, as well as a dual-core U74 CPU from SiFive, a RISC-V pioneer.
The Antmicro ARVSOM RISC-V module was only given a few specifications by Antmicro, but CNXSoft discovered a few more, including the existence of up to 8GB LPDDR4 memory. The 5V module has 4x M2.5 mounting holes and measures 55 x 40 x 4.7mm, similar to a CM4 module.
Antmicro’s open-source, RISC-V savvy Renode device modelling framework. Furthermore, it also supports the BeagleV – StarLight SBC, which allows users to start creating applications for the ARVSOM. The open-source Renode simulation platform optimizes as a joint development environment by Antmicro and BeagleBoard.org. Renode has got its uses during the development lifecycle. It allows continuous testing and integration after it has been used for software modelling. Microchip also offers Renode as a development tool for its PolarFire SoC.
We don’t have much information, but we do know that Scalenode has a GbE port with PoE support. The narrow board also includes an M.2 slot for SSDs or other modules like the Google Coral Edge TPU. A USB Type-C port also appears to be present. Antmicro can have an enclosure that is completely open-source, just like the board.
Aiming at clustering, the similarly single-slot PiTray is another Raspberry Pi CM4 carrier. Turing Machines’ 4-slot Turing Pi 2 and Techbase up to 8-slot ClusBerry for Home are both multi-slot options.
For more information on Antmicro ARVSOM RISC-V Module, please visit Antmicro’s official website.
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