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ServeTheHome Article: Western Digital NAS Powered By SiFive Microsemi And RISC-V

By December 5, 2018May 12th, 2021No Comments

At RISC-V Summit 2018, Western Digital was a headline sponsor. This makes a lot of sense since Western Digital needs cores in a number of its products. At the 2018 RISC-V Summit in Santa Clara, the company had a handful of demos. We wanted to show off the NAS powered by many of the RISC-V Summit’s largest supporters since it shows where the RISC-V project may be moving.
On display, Western Digital had a full monty barebones NAS solution on display. Let us be clear, this is a completely impractical commercial prototype. The solution utilized a Microsemi PolarFire SoC development board that costs around $2000 as a bridge. This Microsemi PolarFire board has a PolarFire FPGA and a 24 lane PCIe switch. It also has a M.2, SATA, eMMC and SD card slot.
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