Popular Single-Board-Comptuer

There are lots of Single-Board-Computers (SBC) nowadays. See this wikipedia page for the details.

Raspberry Pi

Designed in UK. The are 5 models of Raspberry Pi: Model A, A+, B, B+ and Generation 2 Model B. All the details can be found in this wikipedia page or the official website.

Below is a summary of the latest model. It's released in February 2015.

Model CPU RAM SoC Resolution HDMI Storage Storage
v2 Model B 900 MHz Quad-Core ARMv7 1 GB BCM2836 1920×1200 1.3, 1.4 MicroSD $35

Because it has an ARMv7 processor, it can run the full range of ARM GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, as well as Microsoft Windows 10.

ODROID

Made in South Korea. The are 3 main models: C1, U3, and XU3. More of the details can be found in this wikipedia page or the official website.

Model CPU RAM SoC Resolution HDMI Storage Storage
ODROID-C1 1.5GHz Quad-Core ARMv7 1GB DDR3 Amlogic 1920×1080 Micro MicroSD $35

ODROID has other high performance model U3 ($69) and XU3 ($179). These high end boards look very promising. Check out on their official website.

This powerful C1 SBC looks good but not like Pi that easy to use. It is picking for micro cards, at least seems my two micro cards don't work with their Android and Linux images. Could not even boot from them. So I ordered an eMMC from their official website to give it another go, but haven't received it yet.

BeagleBoard

From USA. The are 4 models of BeagleBoard: BeagleBoard (July 2008), BeagleBoard-xM (September 2010), BeagleBone (October 2011) and BeagleBone Black (April 2013). All the details can be found in this wikipedia page or the official website.

Below is a summary of the latest model. It's released in 2014.

Model CPU RAM SoC Resolution HDMI Storage Storage
BeagleBone Black 1GHz ARMv7 A8 512MB AM335x 1280×1024 Micro 4GB on-board $45

BeagleBone Black Revision C (released in 2014) increased the size of the flash memory to 4 GB. This enables it to ship with Debian Linux installed. The BeagleBone Black is able to take advantage of Direct Rendering Manager (DRM).

Bought one BeagleBone Black Revision C and played for a while. Feel it is different with Raspberry Pi. Pi is more focus on multimedia stuff, but BBB is like a powerful version Arduino, it's more about control sensors and things, lack of multimedia abilities, such as not support full HD.

Banana Pi

Made in China. The are 5 models: M1, M1+, M2, G1 and Pro. Other details can be found in this wikipedia page or the official website.

Model CPU RAM SoC Resolution HDMI Storage Storage
Banana Pi M2 1GHz Quad-Core ARMv7 1GB DDR3 A31S 1920×1080 1.4 MicroSD $35

It's compatible with Raspberry Pi but a little bit faster. For the latest model M2, it has wifi built on the board. So it is convenient. But for user come from Raspberry Pi world, note:

  • Banana Pi needs 5v 2A power supply, but most of Raspberry Pi micro usb power supply only provides 1A which is not enough to BPi, at least for my M2.
  • Raspbian image doesn't work directly with BPi. You need to go to their site to download the images for Banana Pi.

HummingBoard

This team is based in Israel. They produce different boards such as CuBox and HummingBoard (i1, i2 and i2eX). See the official website and wiki for HummingBoard.

Model CPU RAM SoC Resolution HDMI Storage Storage
HummingBoard-i2eX 1GHz Dual-Core 1GB i.MX6 Dual 1920×1080 1.4 MicroSD $120

These boards are more for Android and video playing, and a bit expensive.

Cotton Candy

From Norwgian company FXI Technologies.

It is "a USB stick sized computer that provides a single, secure point of access to a user's personal cloud services and apps through their favorite operating system, while delivering a consistent experience on any screen."

But they are out of stock now.

Others

Some other made-in-china ARM SBC.

  • ActDuino S500 runs Linux on new quad-core Cortex-A9 SoC.
  • Orange Pi runs on H3 quad-core Cortex-A7.
  • Radxa Rock Lite ($59). Their website.
  • CubieBoard runs on Allwinner's UltraOctaA80 SoC.

If you are interested in SBC, you might be also interested in Linaro, a non-for-profit organization for open sourcr software on ARM.

Intel x86

MinnowBoard, PiPo X7 and Bay Trail Quad Core stick, another GIZMO 2 ($199).
They all are based on Intel x86.

MIPS

There are some boards based on MIPS as well, such as this MIPS Creator CI20 ($65).

Micro Controller

Also you can use Arduino to do something interesting as well.

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