Two bits of hardware on order…

December 19, 2015 | Embedded, Hacking, Internet of Things, Raspberry Pi, Small Linux Computers | By: Mark VandeWettering

Yes, my fascination with cheap computing devices continues. I’ve got two bits on order at the moment.

First is the Pine A64 from Kickstarter. This one won’t be showing up for a while, but seems to be a pretty nice piece of kit. You can think of it as a competitor for the Raspberry Pi, but it’s got a few additions that seem pretty interesting. You can order them with up to 2G of RAM, it can drive a 4K display, it has a real time clock, and it’s actually cheaper than the Pi.

Second is the LinkIt Smart 7688 Duo from Seeedstudio. It should ship to me fairly quickly, and I’m pretty excited by it. It runs Linux OpenWRT, which I have had some experience with on other router hardware. It’s tiny and limited, but still powerful. I view it as basically competition for the WRTnode, which has similar specs and also runs OpenWRT, but this one nicely includes a microSD card slot. I will try to get it up and running and maybe do a comparison between the two when I get it.

Stay tuned.


Comment from Lee
Time 12/30/2015 at 5:35 pm

Well folks all I can say is something bigger, badder, better, faster will always come along in good time. That’s why I don’t get the excitement generated. Wait for a year or two and Ba Da Bing. New much better stuff.