[SATLUG] Alternatives to Raspberry Pi
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Fri Sep 5 05:16:19 CDT 2014
In "Alternatives to Raspberry Pi",
Frank Huddleston on Mon Aug 4 11:01:06 CDT 2014 wrote:
> I have heard on at least one occasion, perhaps at a SATLUG meeting,
> strong disapproval, to the point of vilification, of the Raspberry Pi. So
> I'm wondering: what's so bad about the Pi, and what better alternatives
> available? And why are they better?
Pi is tied to the proprietary broadcom chip. Broadcom chip distribution is
> I'm speaking of low-power, cheap computers. Admittedly these are rather
> subjective terms, but I'll just leave it at that for now, in hopes that
> "you know what I mean".
> Frank Huddleston
I did a bit of net-searching on the "pi alternatives" topic in order
to come up with the following categories/examples/links.
I tried to keep it short with meta-links & searchable examples.
The original request was a bit open ended, so narrowed it down a bit
--Most of the things listed here are under the $200 range (unless noted).
--Target market is the consumer (e.g mass market target).
This excludes single boards targeted for industrial use
along with pre-production developer boards.
--Power requirements are 10watts or less
I loosely grouped the "pi alternatives" for discussion into 2 categories,
hobbyist and ready-to-go.
I) Hobbyist style:
Roughly covers the following areas:
--anything from solder/build it entirely from scratch to
assemble the various electronic boards needed.
Tends to be pick a cpu and build/assemble what you need
either from scratch or using boards designed for specific
"cpu"'s : 8051, avr, intel, amd, mips, arm, marvel, freescale,
-- provides access pins/ports for hobbyist to electronically
experiment with, e.g. extend/add/design additional hardware
Example boards (non-pi format), e.g. "pure" micro-controller
see the following articles:
short list : http://www.makershed.com/pages/microcontroller-comparison
mega-list : http://www.embeddeddeveloper.com/
b) mini-pc assembly
-- "2014's version of the '90's put together your pc
Example boards (pi format):
I've tried to limit the example boards in this category to
those that have "pi" format/ pi expansion connectors.
http://elinux.org and http://linuxgizmos.com provide nice overviews of the
various boards listed below.
http://element14.com provides a nice forum / discussion
for some of the following:
CPU | board tag | site reference
-- Raspberry Pi : http://elinux.org/RaspberryPiBoard
-- Banana Pi : http://www.bananapi.org/p/product.html
ARM BeagleBone : http://BeagleBoard.org
Intel/Atom minnow max : http://Minnowboard.org
MIPS creator c120 : http://elinux.org/MIPS_Creator_CI20
Freescale RioTboard :
Desktop processing power (less than giggaflop range) -- non-pi
*Freescle wandboard : http://Wandboard.org
*Linux with arduino :
*pcDuino : http://www.linksprite.com/?p=240
*Hummingboard : http://www.solid-run.com/products/hummingboard/
Desktop processing power or greater (Giggaflops range)
*NVIDIA Jetson TK1 : http://elinux.org/Jetson_TK1
*AMD Gizmo : http://GizmoSphere.org ; (usable in pc pci slot!)
Parallella : www.parallella.org/ (can work with Pi as addon)
short overview of some of the above boards :
-- ready to use out of the box (may need monitor, keyboard)
-- examples: phablets; pads; pico/nano itx size boxes; "tv" sticks
-- While many things in this category can run under $200 ;
quite a few are over the $200 range. e.g. fit pc 3 runs > $1200
Consumer examples in this category can be found at
Some searchable examples on the above sites: allwinner; brix; chrome; ouya;
steam; fit pc; intense pc;
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