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Intel demos “Horse Creek” developer board with SiFive RISC-V CPU, DDR5 RAM and PCIe 5.0 slot | Bogdan Solca, Notebook Check

By October 11, 2022November 6th, 2022No Comments

The Horse Creek board features a SoC with 4x SiFive P550 cores manufactured on the Intel 4 production nodes. Intel integrated 8 GB of DDR5-5600 RAM as well as a PCIe 5.0 X8 slot, plus an SD card reader and many debugging interfaces.

Back in August, Intel was announcing expanded support for RISC-V via the Linux-based Pathfinder development kits featuring SiFive processors, mentioning that these should be released later this year. At the recent Intel Innovation 2022 event, the first developer boards codenamed “Horse Creek” were showcased with quite a few features in premiere for the RISC-V architecture.

As noted by WikiChip, the Horse Creek dev board designed for hobbyists as well as commercial chipmakers resemble a Raspberry Pi board, but it is considerably larger due to the inclusion of numerous interfaces like 8 GB of DDR5 RAM, a PCIe 5.0 slot, and ATX power connector and an SD card slot. At the heart of the board lies a SoC with 4x SiFive P550 RISC-V cores running at 2.2 GHz. This chip has been manufactured on Intel 4 – currently Intel’s most advanced production node.

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