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Ubuntu Now Available on the World's First High-Performance RISC-V SBC with GPU

StarFive VisionFive 2 can now benefit from the latest and greatest Ubuntu release, improving RISC-V board experiences.

Single-board computers (SBC) have been rising in popularity ever since the likes of Raspberry Pi, and Arduino came into the spotlight.

These boards are relatively compact and have varying levels of processing power that both tinkerers and hobbyists alike enjoy exploring.

And now.

Canonical has announced that Ubuntu is available on the World's first high-performance RISC-V SBC with an integrated GPU, called the StarFive VisionFive 2.

Let's dive in and take a look at more details.

What's Happening: In a recent announcement, Canonical revealed the end result of their collaboration with StarFive, a Chinese high-tech company specializing in RISC-V software and hardware.

The result of this is the availability of Ubuntu on their latest flagship, the StarFive VisionFive 2, a powerful piece of RISC-V-powered SBC that features an onboard GPU for powering 3D tasks.

an image of the starfive visionfive 2 sbc

This will open up new avenues for RISC-V SBC computing, with users able to implement this in various projects.

Moreover, even in enterprise use cases, these can now be deployed at a large-scale, thanks to Ubuntu.

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Interested in the technical bits?

The VisionFive 2 is powered by a StarFive JH7110 64-bit SoC with a RISC-V RV64GC processor with up to 1.5 GHz clock speeds.

You can choose between 2GB/4GB/8GB memory variants. It has a TransFlash card slot for storage purposes, and for video output support, it can handle HDMI 2.0 and MIPI-DSI.

You can dive deeper into the specifications here.

This move by Canonical should help more SBC enthusiasts easily switch to Ubuntu, especially with such a powerful RISC-V-powered SBC.

Want to try it out?

You can head to the official website to grab a preinstalled image of the Ubuntu 23.04 release optimized for VisionFive 2.

💬 Looking at how things are progressing, we might need to add StarFive VisionFive 2 to our Raspberry Pi alternatives list. What do you think of that?

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