MangoPi Shows Off a Raspberry Pi Zero-Inspired MQ Pro RISC-V Single-Board Computer — and Router

Mimicking the connectivity of a Raspberry Pi Zero, this low-cost board includes twin USB Type-C ports, HDMI, microSD, and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth.

Gareth Halfacree
7 months agoHW101

Single-board computer startup MangoPi has unveiled a new design, inspired by the Raspberry Pi Zero range but swapping out its system-on-chip for a RISC-V-based part: the MangoPi-MQ Pro.

MangoPi unveiled the original MangoPi-MQ1 late last year, offering a board designed to take the Allwinner F133-A — a RAM-on-board variant of the Allwinner D1 chip which powers the Nezha RISC-V development board — and provide a functional Linux-capable single-board computer for under $10 in mass production. With the Nezha having launched at $99 — and now costing more — there's little surprise the concept proved of interest.

Now, the company has shown off a new variant, which ditches the bare-bones approach for a more feature-filled board — borrowing heavily from the layout of Raspberry Pi's popular Zero family of single-board computers.

Dubbed the MangoPi-MQ Pro, the board swaps out the Allwinner F133-A for the original D1, requiring a separate RAM module. There's a microSD slot for storage at the left-hand side of the board, two USB Type-C connectors for host and USB On-The-Go (OTG) connectivity, and an unspecified Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radio module. There's also an HDMI video port, plus the familiar 40-pin general-purpose input/output (GPIO) header of its inspiration.

At the same time, the company — which joked of its prototypes that "I hope it doesn't explode when powered up" — showed off a carrier board with two USB ports and two Ethernet ports, designed to turn the device into a RISC-V router or other network appliance.

Specifications for the board have not yet been confirmed, but the D1 chip itself offers a single 1GHz 64-bit XuanTie C906 RISC-V core — an implementation of the RISC-V free and open source instruction set architecture, which includes a pre-ratification version of the performance-boosting vector extensions plus some vendor-specific features — with a 2D accelerator but no 3D-capable GPU.

Interested parties should follow the MangoPi Twitter account for more details; an MQ-Pro repository has been created on the MangoPi GitHub account, but at the time of writing was empty bar a single-line readme.

Gareth Halfacree
Freelance journalist, technical author, hacker, tinkerer, erstwhile sysadmin. For hire: freelance@halfacree.co.uk.
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