Risc-V International Open Source Laboratory (RIOS Laboratory) unveiled its Linux-based PicoRio project for construction of cutting-edge computing platform featuring more transparency, low power consumption and customized capability.
The project, headed by David Patterson, a world-renowned expert in the field of computer architecture, marks an actual output stage of RIOS Laboratory based at the Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute.
As a new-generation micro mainboard on par with RaspberryPi, a series of small single-board computers developed by the RaspberryPi Foundation, PicoRio features chip-level whole open source design, low power consumption and is smaller in size.
It can realize functions of a PC through linking USB and a keyboard, and surf the Internet through the Linux system and programming through Java and Python languages.
Based on the designs of PicoRio and connecting with various microprocessors, developers and researchers can develop hardware and software designs and applications, and expand RISC-V ecological system.
RIOS Laboratory was established in November 2019 and headed by David Patterson, professor of Computer Science Emeritus at UC Berkeley and co-winner of the 2017 A.M. Turing Award. Since its establishment, many international companies and higher learning institutions have joined the platform for research. PicoRio is a system design platform based on RISC-V processor SoC.
RISC-V, first released in 2011, is the latest UC Berkeley RISC architecture, and is an open, free instruction set architecture enabling a new era of processor innovation through open standard collaboration.