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“Apple is in the process of switching its PCs to Arm-based SoCs, but the company might not be putting all its eggs into one basket, as it is also exploring the emerging open-source RISC-V architecture. This week the company posted a job alert for RISC-V high-performance programmer(s).“


Haven’t we seen that movie?

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The article strongly implies that Apple intends to use RISC-V for onboard controllers, NOT as CPU.

Such a move would mostly annoy those who try to port Linux or NetBSD on AppleSilicon, and would then need to write drivers for these non-standard controllers, possibly without any public documentation.

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SiFive Freedom U740 SoC



Flash Memory

32MB Quad SPI Flash

Removable Storage

MicroSD Card


Gigabit Ethernet Port

User I/O

4x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A Ports (1 Charging Port)


1x MicroUSB Console Port

Expansion Capabilities

x16 PCIe® Gen 3 Expansion Slot (8-lanes Useable)


M.2 M-Key Slot (PCIe Gen 3 x4) for NVME 2280 SSD Module


M.2 E-Key Slot (PCIe Gen 3 x1) for Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Module

Board Form Factor

Industry Standard Mini-ITX





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