BeagleV-Ahead, new RISC-V computer from, is broadly available now around $150!®, a leading developer of open-source hardware platforms, is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated launch of BeagleV®-Ahead, an innovative single board computer (SBC) based on TH1520, a quad core 64-bit RISC-V SoC from T-Head. This groundbreaking open-source SBC brings a new level of accessibility, performance, and flexibility to the rapidly growing RISC-V ecosystem.

Fig 1. TH1520 SoC block diagram.

BeagleV®-Ahead is set to revolutionize the world of embedded systems and empower developers and enthusiasts worldwide. It represents a significant milestone in the democratization of computer architecture and open-source hardware development. Built around the powerful and energy-efficient RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA), the BeagleV®-Ahead SBC offers unparalleled opportunities for developers, hobbyists, and researchers to explore and experiment with RISC-V technology.

Fig 2. BeagleV®-Ahead box content.

With its compact form factor, robust performance, and versatile I/O interfaces, this SBC is well-suited for a variety of applications, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and embedded systems. Some key features and specifications of the BeagleV®-Ahead SBC include:

  1. RISC-V CPU: Alibaba T-Head TH1520 quad-core RISC-V Xuantie C910 (RV64GCV) processor, Xuantie C906 audio DSP, low power Xuantie E902 core, 50 GFLOPS Imagination 3D GPU, and 4 TOPS NPU
  2. Storage: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 16GB eMMC storage, and microSD expansion slot.
  3. Networking: 2.4GHz/5GHz WiFi, Bluetooth 5.2, and Gigabit Ethernet.
  4. Connectivity: microHDMI, USB3 (5Gbps) microAB (host/device), and Serial debug.
  5. Add-on board expansion: mikroBUS shuttle (UART/I2C/SPI/ADC/PWM/GPIO), 2xCSI, DSI, and BeagleBone compatible 92-pin cape header pins.
  6. Open-Source Design: BeagleV®-Ahead follows the principles of open-source hardware, allowing users to access and modify the board’s design and firmware, promoting collaboration and innovation within the RISC-V community.
  7. Linux-Compatible: BeagleV®-Ahead comes with Yocto installed out of the box with Ubuntu & Fedora working prototypes available, providing users with a familiar and robust development environment.

Fig 3. BeagleV®-Ahead front annotated.

Fig 4. BeagleV®-Ahead back annotated.® has a strong track record of developing open-source hardware platforms, and the launch of BeagleV®-Ahead reinforces our commitment to fostering innovation and collaboration within the technology community. BeagleV®-Ahead empowers developers to explore new possibilities, accelerate their projects, and contribute to the advancement of the RISC-V ecosystem.

“We are extremely excited to introduce BeagleV®-Ahead to the world,” said Jason Kridner, Co-Founder of®. “RISC-V is rapidly gaining momentum as a transformative technology, and we believe that BeagleV®-Ahead will play a crucial role in its widespread adoption. Our goal is to provide a robust, open-source platform that empowers users to unleash their creativity and develop cutting-edge solutions.”

“RISC-V is committed to offering our community a diverse array of hardware and software to innovate. We’re glad another great board is available to help make RISC-V development more accessible,” said Calista Redmond, CEO of RISC-V International. “We’ve already seen strong adoption of RISC-V in the markets that® is targeting, including the IoT and AI, so we look forward to seeing what developers across the globe create with BeagleV®-Ahead.”

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About® Foundation:® Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on developing open-source hardware platforms that foster innovation and collaboration. They have a rich history of creating accessible, versatile, and powerful single board computers, enabling developers, hobbyists, and researchers to bring their ideas to life.


Congrats @jkridner and team! Is there a plan to add upstream Yocto Project support for these boards? Drop me a message if you need any testers!


Fantastic work team, I’m glad the launch went out will full success :slight_smile:


A few considerations:
. Very much welcome ! I will try to get one soon.
. please, don’t drop Debian, we always used that for BBX why do you change now ?!
. what about thermals? Since the BBAI32 we unfortunately need to know for sure if the board can live without a fan
. I am a bit disapponted there is not USB-A (the standrd for gadgets connection) nor USB-C (that is at least the standard for powering new devices). While there are plenty of ports i never saw before.
. It seems the device focus is quite biased toward video processing, which may justify the high price.

Debian’s riscv64 is still only in debian ports, sorry i wasn’t going to ship sid/ports in a default image. Ubuntu 23.04 riscv64, was an official release, so it will get software releases.

Debian is still installable: BeagleV-Ahead / xuantie-ubuntu · GitLab

Yocto ended becoming the out of box due to thead glibc extensions in the CSI binary blob…


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Are there supported csi cameras and dsi display for the BeagleV-Ahead now?


@amf99 Some IMX219 camera modules has been tested with BeagleV Ahead Yocto image, you can checkout the link below to try the demo applications yourself. Please note the documentation is still in progress.

I am working on some rpi DSI Displays support and In coming weeks I’ll be sharing supporting documentation here for that as well.