ClockworkPi DevTerm retro-looking modular portable Linux computer has gotten a 64-bit RISC-V module based on Allwinner D1 1GHz SoC and offers an alternative to existing Arm-based modules such as Raspberry Pi CM3, or alternatives powered by Allwinner H6 or Rockchip RK3399 SoC’s.
The new DevTerm Kit R-01 modular & portable terminal has exactly the same specifications with a 6.8-inch IPS screen, a keyboard with 67 keys, and a battery module, all connected to ClockworkPi v3.14 carrier board, but replaces the Arm modules with the R-01 module equipped with the Allwinner D1 processor and 1GB of RAM.
DevTerm Kit R-01 kit items:
- SoM – R-01 Core module with Allwinner D1 single-core 64-bit RISC-V RV64IMAFDCVU processor @ 1.0GHz without GPU, and 1GB DDR3
- Carrier board – ClockworkPi v3.14 mainboard
- Storage – 32GB MicroSD card preloaded with clockworkOS
- Display – 6.86-inch IPS screen module
- Audio – Dual speaker
- Keyboard – Clockwork 65% keyboard
- 58mm 200dpi thermal printer component (Not part of the kit)
- Battery module for two 18650 batteries (the batteries are not included)
- Shells and bracket system
While the microSD card is said to ship with clockworkOS, the Wiki does not contain a link for the RISC-V version of the operating systems, but any information about Core R-01. The company further explains that ClockworkPi Core R-01 is “a highly experimental model and requires some experience with Linux system & FOSS. We strongly recommend all beginners to choose other models”.
So don’t expect anything that works easily out of the box, and of course, since there’s no GPU, any 3D graphics would be rendered by software. On the plus side, that should mean there’s now a RISC-V module that follows Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 form factor.
DevTerm Kit R-01 is available for purchase now for $239. while the R-01 RISC-V module is sold for $29. But those should probably be seen as pre-orders since ClockworkPi says the estimated delivery time is approximately 60 business days due to the current supply chain and logistics situation.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.