VisionFive 2: a RISC-V alternative to the Pi?

Another great release will please those wishing to see the rise of RISC-V as a dominant ISA alongside x86 and ARM.

Just a few days after Canonical announced it enabled Ubuntu on the VisionFive board, StarFive released its VisionFive 2 single-board computer (SBC).

StarFive made significant strides to feature a wide range of interfaces with powerful performance. The VisionFive 2 is a pioneering board that combines performance with a low-cost, open-source RISC-V SBC. The board is significantly more powerful than its previous iteration, with more than double the performance per watt.

The VisionFive 2 boasts a JH7110 quad-core CPU running at 1.5 GHz, up from 1.0 GHz in the JH7100. Compared to the original VisionFive, it further integrates the Imagination Technologies IMG BXE GPU, supporting OpenGL, OpenCL and Vulkan.

The latest SBC by StarFive drops onboard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in favour of an M.2 M-key expansion module. Also, the newest version of the VisionFive series adds a 4-lane MIPI DSI display port that supports up to 2K at 30FPS, whereas the HDMI port now supports 4K up to 30FPS.

Priced at $55 for its 2GB model and $85 for the 8GB model, the VisionFive 2 is a great entry into the RISC-V computing ecosystem. RISC-V isn’t at Raspberry Pi prices yet, but it is now at parity with non-Pi ARM boards.

By releasing its second generation of the first cost-effective Linux-based RISC-V SBC, StarFive will help usher in a new era of open-source hardware and software computing. The company also launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the board’s production.

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VisionFive 2 World Premiere——StarFive Product Announcement 2022

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120mW idle, 4100 mW full load (5:25).

They say they have a GPU driver and the vendor (Imagination Technologies) will provide the Mesa driver (6:20).

Multitasking capabilities, 480p video, SuperTuxKart and some simple rendering (13:50).


StarFive JH7110 RISC-V processor specifications released