The world’s first RISC-V laptop could arrive sooner than you think

An image of what could be the first-ever laptop powered by a RISC-V processor has been teased by the body responsible for bringing the Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) to the general public.

The image featured at the end of a presentation given in Paris earlier this month by Philipp Tomsich, who leads the RISC-V International software committee.

“The big question everyone is asking…[is whether] we will see the first RISC-V laptop announced this year,” he said. “There’s a mysterious laptop in the photo on the right, and I’ll leave you all with the question: could there already be a RISC-V in this one?”

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RISC-V moving forward

RISC-V is a free and open-source instruction set architecture (ISA) built around the same design principles as Arm’s proprietary cores, which command royalties each time they are integrated into an SoC.

At the moment, RISC-V based CPUs are much less common than Arm or x86 based chips, but the movement seems to be gaining momentum.

For example, China now relies heavily on RISC-V in hopes of minimizing its dependence on Western semiconductor companies. And even Intel is meddling in the space, having presumably come to the conclusion that x86 can’t compete for long-term power efficiency.

The recent success of Arm-based processors like Apple’s M-series chips is proof that RISC designs have a future in the PC and workstation market, which has not been lost on RISC- V International.

The organization has been open about its ambitions to make the world’s first RISC-V-based laptop a reality by the end of the year. So far, there have been few details to work out, but the recent tease will give the community something to get excited about.

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No one can guess if the specific laptop pictured in the presentation turns out to be the real deal, but the nature of the clue suggests that RISC-V International is confident in its planned timeline.

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