Minnowboard – Intel’s Raspberry Pi Competitor
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The Raspberry Pi, Arduino Due, and BeagleBone all use ARM processors. Now they have some competition from Intel with its “MinnowBoard,” a $199 computer in the form of a 4.2″ x 4.2″ board with an Intel Atom processor.
www.minnowboard.org says, “The MinnowBoard is an Intel® Atom™ processor based board which introduces Intel® Architecture to the small and low cost embedded market for the developer and maker community. It has exceptional performance, flexibility, openness and standard.”
But it doesn’t seem to be a competitor. It has a much higher price and is more suited to industrial rather than education and hobby use.
MinnowBoard uses a 5V/2.5A power supply. Other specs are as follows:
- Intel Atom E640 CPU (1.0GHz, 32-bit with Hyper-threading and Virtualization Technology)
- Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600
- PCI Express
- SATA2 3Gbps
- Gigabit Ethernet
- UEFI Firmware
- 1GB DDR2 RAM
- 8 GPIO pins
- 2 GPIO-controlled LEDs
- 4 GPIO switches