you’ve probably never heard of RISC-V, But it is an exciting new hardware development that has been promoted primarily by the Chinese government to reduce domestic reliance on CPUs and GPUs from Western technology companies.
Externally, end users won’t notice anything, but RISC-V will almost certainly make an impact on the global smartphone market by early 2022 as more vendors adopt the open hardware philosophy.
At the forefront of RISC-V development is Chinese company Sipad, which revealed earlier this month that it was already running Android 10 on the Alibaba/T-head RISC-V platform, which was open-sourced. Juan Tie C910,
Before we get all excited, just keep in mind that the platform is only shown running on Android 10. Nothing yet on Android 12, which is already mainstream.
What’s more, it’s based on a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, with a Vivante 3D GPU and 4GB of LPDDR4, which means it’s likely to target the entry-level segment of the market (i.e. cheap smartphones). Is going to do.
Nevertheless, Siped suggested that “RV64 phone will come next year“There is good news in the spirit of the competition. tuxphone There are reports that the RISC-V phone should be more powerful than some quad-core A73 processors, which will put it directly against the Qualcomm Snapdragon 663 or 662, both of which were launched in 2020.
However, two big questions remain: where will Siped get IP with 5G or LTE radio technology and why would anyone choose to go for RISC-V instead of sticking with Arm? Much of this may be due to the growing influence of the Chinese government on the domestic technology ecosystem.
A RISC-V tablet from time immemorial
It wasn’t long ago (well, almost 10 years) that a company called Ainvo released a RISC-V Android tablet with an unfortunate name, the Ainol Novo 7. It was back reviewed Then on to ITProPortal, and when it was half-baked, the prototype was promising.
It ran Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, cost only $100, and was powered by the JZ4770, an Ingenic Semiconductor. Sadly, this never really caught on as ARM headed towards world domination.