Pine64 Star64: RISC-V Alternative To The Raspberry Pi Single-Board PC

Pine64 — known for the Linux smartphones PinePhone — is also presenting the Star64, a single-board computer in Raspberry Pi format based on the open RISC-V instruction set architecture with a quad-core CPU and a 3D GPU from Imagination Technologies.

The Star64 computer is an analogue of another Pine64 model — Quartz64 model A. The difference lies in the SoC used. In the case of the Quartz64, the SoC uses the ARM architecture, while the Star64 is a RISC-V based chip.

Star64 is based on the StarFive JH7110 RISC-V SoC. The SoC has four universal computing cores, SiFive FU740 clocked at 1.5 GHz. The chip has a BXE-2-32 graphics processor developed by Imagination Technologies. The performance of the four FU740 cores developed by Sifive is said to be comparable to that of ARM’s Cortex A55.

The single-board computer comes with 4 or 8 GB of RAM. There are PCI-E, USB 3.0, GPIO interfaces and two 1 Gb/s Ethernet ports on board. A cheaper version with a single 1Gb/s Ethernet port is reportedly planned.

In addition, there is an RTL8852BU module on the board that supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 — there is an antenna connector for each.

The board shown by Pine64 is still a prototype — “in a few weeks”, the Star64 should then be available, but initially only for developers. 

Bhasker Das
Bhasker Das
Bhasker Das, with a master's in Cybersecurity, is a seasoned editor focusing on online security, privacy, and protection. When not decrypting the complexities of the cyber world, Anu indulges in his passion for chess, seeing parallels in strategy and foresight.


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