Pine64 Star64 SBC will feature StarFive JH7110 quad-core RISC-V processor with Imagination GPU

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Pine64 Star64 is an upcoming single board computer (SBC) powered by the StarFive JH7110 quad-core 64-bit RISC-V processor equipped with an Imagination BXE-4-32 GPU, and in a form factor similar to older Pin64 Model B boards such as the Quartz64 A model.

The Star64 SBC will be offered with 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM, an HDMI 2.0 video output connector, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, a WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 module, USB 3.0 ports, a PCIe slot and a GPIO header for the extension.

Preliminary Star64 specs:

  • SoC – StarFive JH7110 quad-core RISC-V 64-bit processor (SiFive U74 – RV64GC) 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 socket
    • 4 way MIPI DSI connector + touch screen connector
  • Camera I/F – 2-way MIPI CSI camera connector up to 4Kp30
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack
  • Networking
    • 2 Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports
    • Built-in 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 color-coded GPIO header
    • PCIe x4 slot
  • Miscellaneous – Power button, fan header, 3-pin UART/debug header, DIP switch for boot config (flash, SD, eMMC, UART)
  • Power – 12V DC via power jack or 4-pin connector; Embedded PMIC
  • Dimensions – 133 x 80mm

Star64 SBC

One potential use case for the PCIe x4 slot highlighted by the Pine64 team is using a PCIe to SATA adapter to create a NAS with multiple drives. Software for the StarFive JH7110 SoC is still under development, but Debian and Fedora are already ported to the RISC-V processor, which shouldn’t be surprising since these are the same operating systems that should initially run on the StarFive’s own VisionFive 2. SBC.

The Star64 and VisionFive 2 SBCs offer many of the same features, but the Pine64 card allows access to the PCIe interface through a PCIe x4 slot instead of an M.2 socket and is equipped with a wireless module for WiFi and Bluetooth that the VisionFive 2 board does without.

No pricing has been announced yet, but Pine64 Star64 should be available in a few weeks for developers only, which makes sense because there’s probably still a lot of work to be done to be a usable platform. Some additional details can be found, and questions asked, in Official announcement from Pine64.

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