Pine64 Star64 is an upcoming single board computer (SBC) powered by StarFive JH7110 quad-core 64-bit RISC-V processor equipped with an Imagination BXE-4-32 GPU, and in a form factor similar to the earlier Pine64 model A boards such as the Quartz64 Model A.
The Star64 SBC will be offered with either 4GB or 8GB 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 expansion.
- SoC – StarFive JH7110 quad-core 64-bit RISC-V (SiFive U74 – RV64GC) processor @ 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 port
- 4-lane MIPI DSI connector + touch panel connector
- Camera I/F – 2-lane MIPI CSI camera connector up to 4Kp30
- Audio – 3.5mm audio jack
- 2x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports
- On-board 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
- 40-pin color-coded GPIO header
- PCIe x4 slot
- Misc – Power button, fan header, 3-pin UART/debug header, DIP switch for boot configuration (flash, SD, eMMC, UART)
- Power Supply – 12V DC via power barrel jack or 4-pin header; on-board PMIC
- Dimensions – 133 x 80 mm
One potential use case for the PCIe x4 slot highlighted by the Pine64 team is the use of a PCIe to SATA adapter to create a NAS with multiple drives. Software for the StarFive JH7110 SoC is still a work in progress, but both Debian and Fedora are already being ported to the RISC-V processor, which should not be surprising as those are the same operating systems expected to initially run on StarFive’s own VisionFive 2 SBC.
Both Star64 and VisionFive 2 SBCs offer many of the same features, but the Pine64 board provides access to the PCIe interface via 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 completely does without.
No pricing has been announced yet, but Pine64 Star64 is expected to become available in a few weeks to developers only, which makes sense since there’s probably a lot more work to do to be a usable platform. A few more details may be found, and questions asked, in Pine64’s official announcement.
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.