Tutorial for the v0.6 lowRISC release

By Jonathan Kimmitt (also see acknowledgements below)

Release version 0.6 (10-2018)


lowRISC is a not-for-profit organisation whose goal is to produce a secure, flexible, and fully open source System-on-Chip (SoC). We are building upon RISC-V processor core implementations from the RISC-V team at UC Berkeley. This aims to be the ideal starting point for derivative open source and commercial designs.

This tutorial adds further functionality towards the final SoC design:

The build environment and pre-built images support the same platform as the previous releases, a competitively priced Nexys™4 DDR Artix-7 FPGA Board.

Rocket Priv. Spec.??1.7nearly 1.91nearly 1.911.10
Tagged memory***
untethered operation***optional*
UART consoletetheredstandardstandard/tracestandard/trace/VGAstandard/VGAstandard/VGA
PS/2 keyboard***
Minion Core*
Kernel md5 boot check***
PC-free operation***
Remote booting**
Multiuser operation**
Compressed instructions*
Debian binary compatible*


  1. Release notes

  2. Getting started with binary releases

  3. Index of development documentation

  4. Frequently asked questions

Work planned / In progress / TO DO


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