BeagleV Ahead

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Part Number:102991698®, 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.

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.® 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. By making the RISC-V architecture accessible to a broader audience, BeagleV® Ahead empowers developers to explore new possibilities, accelerate their projects, and contribute to the advancement of the RISC-V ecosystem.


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, 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.

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.

In more detail:


  • 2GHz quad-core RISC-V 64GCV Xuantie C910 central processing unit (CPU)
  • 50GFLOPS, 3Mpixel/s Imagination BXM-4-64 graphics processing unit (GPU)
  • 4TOPS@INT8 neural processing unit (NPU) @ 1GHz
  • H.265/H.264 @ 4Kp75 video decoder
  • H.265/H.264 @ 4Kp40 video encoder
  • 2x image signal processor (ISP)
  • 2x digital signal processor (DSP)
  • BeagleBone-style form-factor
  • 4GB RAM and 16GB on-board eMMC flash
  • USB3 super-speed (5Gbps) micro-AB for power and data
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Integrated 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi
  • micro-HDMI, DSI, 2x CSI
  • Expansion via mikroBUS shuttle, BeagleBone cape headers

Ships With

  1. BeagleV Ahead board

  2. One (1) 2.4GHz/5GHz antenna

  3. microUSB OTG cable

  4. Quick-start card

Required Tools

Accessory Tools


Getting Started Guide

Reference Design