StarFive JH7110 quad-core RISC-V CPU with Imagination GPU will be found in the Pine64 Star64 SBC

The Pine64 Star64 is an anticipated single board computer (SBC) with a form factor like the previous Pin64 model B boards like the Quartz64 Model A with a StarFive JH7110 quad-core 64-bit RISC-V CPU.

StarFive JH7110 quad-core RISC-V CPU with Imagination GPU will be found in the Pine64 Star64 SBC

Both 4GB and 8GB of RAM, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, a WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 module, USB 3.0 ports, a PCIe slot, and a GPIO header for expansion are included with the Star64 SBC. 

The Pine64 team mentioned one potential application for the PCIe x4 slot: using a PCIe to SATA adaptor to build a NAS with several discs. Debian and Fedora are already being transferred to the RISC-V CPU, which is not unexpected as they are the same operating systems that are anticipated to first run on StarFive's own VisionFive 2 SBC. The software for the StarFive JH7110 SoC is currently a work in progress.

Both the Star64 and VisionFive 2 SBCs have many of the same capabilities, however, the Pine64 board offers access to the PCIe interface via a PCIe x4 slot rather than an M.2 socket and comes with a wireless module for WiFi and Bluetooth, while the VisionFive 2 board is entirely devoid of.

Star64 preliminary specifications:

  • SoC – StarFive JH7110 quad-core 64-bit RISC-V (SiFive U74 – RV64GC) processor @ up to 1.5 GHz with
    • Imagination BXE-4-32 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 1.2, Vulkan 1.2
    • 4Kp30 H.265/H.264 video decoder
    • 1080p30 H.265 video encoder
  • System Memory – 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – MicroSD card slot, eMMC flash module socket, QSPI flash
  • Video Output
    • HDMI 2.0 port
    • 4-lane MIPI DSI connector + touch panel connector
  • Camera I/F – 2-lane MIPI CSI camera connector up to 4Kp30
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack
  • Networking
    • 2x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports
    • On-board RTL8852BU WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 module and 2x u.FL antenna connectors
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 3x USB 2.0 Type-A ports, 2x USB 2.0 interfaces via headers
  • Expansion
    • 40-pin colour-coded GPIO header
    • PCIe x4 slot
  • Misc – Power button, fan header, 3-pin UART/debug header, DIP switch for boot configuration (flash, SD, eMMC, UART)
  • Power Supply – 12V DC via power barrel jack or 4-pin header; on-board PMIC
  • Dimensions – 133 x 80 mm

Pine64 Star64 is anticipated to be made accessible to developers only in a few weeks, even if the price has not yet been disclosed. This makes sense given that the platform still needs a lot of development to be useful. Pine64's official statement has a few additional facts and queries.

Via CNX Software

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