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« on: September 10, 2016, 04:35:13 AM »
I was thinking the RISC-V architecture, being fully open-source as well would also be a interesting arch to look into. Even if there is at the moment only one company who offers custom silicon.

Maybe for a future project  ;) ?


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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2017, 11:00:45 PM »
I hate to say it, but as great as the PowerPC arch is, it requires royalty payments, etc.; at least according to this:
The only truly open architectures are: RISC-V, OpenSparc, and OpenRisc. Perhaps this is one of those situations where a certain version of the instruction set is open and later versions are not (ex: ARM).
RISC-V adheres to the open source philosophy very well and there are good FPGA implementations for testing. The main page of this project explains that PowerPC was chosen because it is newer
and cleaner; well, RISC-V is one of the newest architectures.

From what I understand, the PowerPC chip that this project is targeting is:
1) Has uncertainty as to whether the manufacturer will continue or not.
2) Varies from the PowerPC CPU targeted in the official Debian PowerPC port.

Debian is currently working on a RISC-V port that would be maintained by them.

Strangely, I don't see any comparison between OpenSparc and PPC on the main page. I would think that OpenSparc would have similar advantages to the x86 as does the PPC. Unfortunately, SPARC is no longer maintained by Debian.


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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2017, 09:47:48 PM »
Nothing stops you from making a RISC-Vook.

I think choosing PowerPC is kind of conservative - notebooks have been built around the platform in the past so it should work reasonably well .... ehm it used to with the IBM chips waaay back when they were reasonably powerful to give at least netbook class performance. I am not really that convinced about those Freescale chips. And given the thing is planned to have discrete graphics you can pretty much use any random core you can find that comes in a package with PCIe and some other reasonable peripherials .... like RISC-V.

PowerPC has the advantage of relatively mature port. It may be kind of dying out but you still have a lot of software that is already ported .. or was and can be refreshed easily.


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