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
  • MicroSD
  • USB
  • UEFI Firmware
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 8 GPIO pins
  • 2 GPIO-controlled LEDs
  • 4 GPIO switches







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