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Laptop with RISC-V processor in development and upgradeable

The developers presented the concept of a laptop with an open architecture called the Balthazar Personal Computing Device (BPCD). This is a RISC-V processor-based solution running Linux.

The device is equipped with a 13.3-inch Full HD display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The model uses SoC specially designed for a laptop. However, it also uses a SoM (System on a Module) board, which can be replaced if necessary. It also contains RAM. SSDs with SATA interface are declared as a drive, the use of more modern M.2 NVMe is not provided.

The body of the laptop is made of polycarbonate, aluminum composite or recyclable plastic, there is a battery with a capacity of more than 10,000 mAh. In general, the system is more reminiscent of older laptops, where batteries and other components could be replaced without any problems.

Other features include a removable camera module, a keyboard based on Cherry MX switches, USB, OTG, HDMI, GPIO and 3.5mm ports.

Declared support for 64-bit versions of NixOS, Trisquel GNU, Guix, Debian, and Ubuntu for RISC-V. At the same time, it is not yet known when the novelty will appear on the market, and whether it will be available for purchase at all. So far, work is underway on the first prototype and adaptation of the operating system for a laptop.


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