ROMA will be the world’s first development laptop based on the RISC – V architecture

ROMA laptop is based on the RISC-V architecture

The RISC-V organization shares the news of the arrival of the world’s first laptop based on this architecture.

The ROMA laptop was developed by DeepComputing and Xcalibyte and has just been pre-ordered. This system is based on an unannounced quad-core RISC-V processor. If RISC-V International had not shared the news about this laptop, it probably would not have been taken very seriously. To begin with, the message lacks hardware details, but focuses on non-essential things like NFTs.

This laptop is developed by DeepComputing, which performs the technical work while Xcalibyte adjusts the software. In terms of design, this laptop looks exactly like any laptop with low power consumption, but it looks like it’s just a rendering with no operating system on the screen.

But the portable ROMA should not look good, it’s just the first step or “a big step”, as the CTO of RISC-V International put it. It will allow developers to test software running on this architecture before implementing it on embedded systems.

The press release confirms the following features. It has a 4-core RISC-V processor with free SoC and SOM upgrades. It has a security enclave processor and GPU and NPU acceleration for video and AI workloads. This development laptop has 16 GB of LPDDR4X memory and 256 GB of storage space. It would work well on most Linux operating systems.

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It’s certainly good to see a new architecture finally hit a common design (form factor) such as a portable laptop, but at the same time it’s hard to recommend pre-ordering a system with missing hardware details, let alone the NFT-infested press release.

The ROMA development platform includes the upcoming quad-core RISC-V processor for a faster and seamless RISC-V software development experience.
DeepComputing and Xcalibyte today opened pre-orders for the industry’s first native RISC-V development laptop. The highly anticipated ROMA development platform features an unannounced quad-core RISC-V processor with an accompanying NPU / GPU for the fastest and most transparent native RISC-V software development available.

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

The ROMA platform includes:

  • A quad-core RISC-V processor with free SoC and SOM upgrades
  • Safety enclave processor
  • A GPU / NPU function accelerator for video and AI
  • Up to 16 GB LPDDR4 / LPDDR4X RAM
  • Up to 256G storage space
  • Supports most variants of Linux operating systems
  • Early access to next-generation portable upgrades and accessories with generous discounts or for free

A Web3-enabled platform with NFT authoring and publishing and an integrated MetaMask-style wallet, ROMA will create an even more integrated experience with future AR glasses and AI speakers running exclusively on RISC-V software and powered by RISC-V hardware.

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“The ROMA Native RISC-V Development Platform Laptop demonstrates the strength of a 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 professional laptops that will be used for daily work. We pay tribute to the contributions of the entire development team who worked together to create this important moment.

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

“With an integrated PoS, NFT, and MetaMask-style wallet, ROMA was born into Metaverse,” said Yuning Liang, founder and CEO of Xcalibyte and DeepComputing. “It’s the laptop of the future. We will spare no effort to deliver the best RISC – V native development experience to developers.

The first 100 customers pre-ordering ROMA will receive a unique NFT to mark the birth of the world’s first native RISC-V portable development platform. And you can have your ROMA personally engraved with your name or the name of your company. The amount is limited.

Source: RISC-V International via Phoronix

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