So when will RISC-V challenage X86-64 PCs?

whm1974

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So with all of this development of RISC-V chips, I am wondering when we will see a suitable CPU to give x86-64 based Personal Computers a good run? Or at least something like the Raspberry Pi that we can play around with?

I would like to see something like the PineBook using a RISC-V CPU instead of ARM.
https://www.pine64.org/?page_id=3707
 

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So with all of this development of RISC-V chips, I am wondering when we will see a suitable CPU to give x86-64 based Personal Computers a good run? Or at least something like the Raspberry Pi that we can play around with?
Come on, you can already get one! Ha yes it's $1000 and less powerful than RPi :D

I would like to see something like the PineBook using a RISC-V CPU instead of ARM.
https://www.pine64.org/?page_id=3707
And why?
 

whm1974

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Come on, you can already get one! Ha yes it's $1000 and less powerful than RPi :D


And why?
Why not? Although for porting Linux distros to RISC-V will require beefier hardware. Oh yes the Freedom Unleashed from SiFive. quite pricey for something like me.
 

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The Microsoft monopoly pretty much locks in x86. While it will never happen, it would be fun to see Windows written for the Power9 and on chips.
 

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The Microsoft monopoly pretty much locks in x86. While it will never happen, it would be fun to see Windows written for the Power9 and on chips.
I have to look but I think Microsoft is one of funders of the RISC-V Foundation. So wouldn't be surprised to see Windows on RISC-V in the future.
 

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RISC-V will be used for microcontollers where ARM currently dominates. Having no licensing fees makes it extremely attractive.

High performance/general purpose stuff is usually highly dependent on a software ecosystem like x86 or ARM have, so displacing them would be, uh, hard.
 
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whm1974

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RISC-V will be used for microcontollers where ARM currently dominates. Having no licensing fees makes it extremely attractive.

High performance/general purpose stuff is usually highly dependent on a software ecosystem like x86 or ARM have, so displacing them would be, uh, hard.
Well there is Linux and FreeBSD. I know both Debian and Fedora are being ported over at least.
 

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RISC-V will compete with everyone when its fully frozen. Which will be when:
- RV128I
- L
- B
- J
- T
- P
- V
- N

When those are frozen, then all that is needed is a good competitive core architecture. Boom! Domination.

RISC-V will command the FOSS ecosystem by 2030. 90% guarantee or you'll have no money!
 

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Over at Linus Tech Tips they have a video about RISC-V:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8jqGOgCy5M
You can feel its coming in the air. It's fine time x86 be disrupted and the whole ecosystem.
Far too much price gouging, stagnation, lockins, lockouts, and other tricks of the trade have become the norm which is anti-innovation, progress, and fairness. In 10 years, computing is going to look nothing like it currently does. In 20, we'll have a range of options to chose from for just about everything.
 
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