Chinese companies DeepComputing and Xcalibyte began accepting pre-orders for the world’s first laptop, ROMA, based on a RISC-V architecture processor. It’s expected to begin shipping toward the end of the fourth quarter of 2022.
ROMA is equipped with a quad-core RISC-V processor with an Arm SC300 security processor and a GPU/NPU video accelerator. It allows handling a maximum of 16 GB of LPDDR4X / LPDDR4 RAM and up to 256 GB of internal storage.
The laptop will support most Linux operating systems, and the company will offer “early access to any next generation laptop and accessory upgrades along with a generous discount.”
The manufacturer is planning to release two models — Roma Pro and Roma Standard with a chip made respectively by 12nm and 28nm technology. It is important to note that the SOM host is upgradable.
ROMA will come with a MetaMask-style wallet and free NFT, but this bonus will only be available to the first 100 customers. Customers will also be offered the opportunity to engrave their name or company name.
ROMA was intended for developers who are creating and testing software for the RISC-V platform. Perhaps these laptops will reach the commercial market.