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pete220
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pete220   1/19/2015 1:18:28 PM
MicroZed Zynq - dual A9 + FPGA - $199

MinnowBoard Max - Intel 22nm Bay Trail - $99

Atom micro-ITX motherboard - start around $50.

 

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EMAC iPac-9x25
rossi007   1/17/2015 2:56:35 PM
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What about the iPac-9x25 from EMAC? This ARM based Industrial SBC is listed at $199 at quantity one and provides true data aquisition & control features not just a nice processor with your standard I/O mix.

It runs Linux, is Industrial Temp, has dual Ethernet, CAN, SPI, I2C, I2S, GPIO, PWM, A/D, SDIO, Serial, and on and on. Check it out and I think you will be impressed.

http://www.emacinc.com/products/pc_compatible_sbcs/IPAC-9X25

Let me know your thoughts.

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rstjobs   1/14/2015 9:19:01 PM
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365 GFLOPs for $192 or a little over $0.5/GFLOP compare to Raspi $1/GFLOPs or 10 GFLOPs/W, one down side is power but for this speed power is reasonable.

For computer vision graphics this is wonderful platform, mobile super computer

 

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pcDuino 3 / nano pricing
betajet   1/14/2015 5:10:40 PM
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The pcDuino3 Nano is actually US$39.95.  It's the full-size pcDuino3 that's US$59.95.

I rather like the pcDuino3 Nano, except that it has a silly little Micro USB power connector like Raspberry Pi :-(  OTOH, it's very nice to have SATA to hook up to a hard drive.

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Re: B Plus
mhrackin   1/14/2015 1:49:30 PM
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@zeeglen:  "The main difference is that B+ can kill the unwary."

True, but I guess you never had the "pleasure" of designing an off-line switching power supply.... or even testing one! Just the special scope probes (HV differetntial) for that can run into the thousands of US$, and the voltages, currents, and stored charges all demand the utmost respect.  I used to use a constant-voltage isolation transformer and a Variac for the power input....

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Re: B Plus
Clive "Max" Maxfield   1/14/2015 1:48:36 PM
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@mhrackin: ...B+ was around even before I was born, so I'm not surprised...

Wow -- it's that old??? LOL

 

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Re: B Plus
zeeglen   1/14/2015 1:29:35 PM
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@mhrackin only "B+" survives at all today (although it is often replaced by "Vcc+,"

I guess the nearest equivalent in today's parlance would be "Vdd" (FET drain voltage supply).  The main difference is that B+ can kill the unwary.

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Yes, ignoring BBB is a major omission
TonyTib   1/14/2015 1:17:10 PM
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I'm pretty sure when it comes to popularity, BeagleBone Black is #2 after RPi -- and has better peripherals for gEEks than all the SBC's listed (i.MX6 SBCs are probably second).


For an Intel-based SBC, I'd mention the Minnowboard before the Galileo; for $99, it provides some impressive high speed peripherals (SATA, PCIe IIRC).

Then there's a new BeagleBoard coming, the X15, which will be dual core Cortex-A15 plus dual DSP plus all sorts of other goodies such as USB 3.0.

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Re: B Plus
mhrackin   1/14/2015 1:09:44 PM
@max: you are completely off-track here!  B+ was around even before I was born, so I'm not surprised. Back in the days when "wireless network" meant radio broadcasting, even before wide distribution of electrical power, radio receiving sets used batteries.  They typically required separate batteries for different functions: low voltage for tube heaters/filaments, high voltage for tube plate supplies, and medium voltage for biasing.  These became in the end-user world "A," "B," and "C" batteries.  The nomenclature persisted once AC home power became available, and the different voltages needed were generated with multi-tapped/multi-winding power transformers. Thus, most of us "old timers" still refer to power supply voltages using this; however, with the death of vacuum tubes for most purposes, and the advent of solid-stae voltage regulators of many types, only "B+" survives at all today (although it is often replaced by "Vcc+," a reference to another obsolescent technology, discrete transistors (where the reference is to "collector supply")).

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Parametric search
jdesbonnet   1/14/2015 1:07:56 PM
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There are so many of these <$99 boards out now, I wish someone would do a parametric search engine for them. For some of my applications RAM memory is a big constraint. Anything less than 1GB is out. Does any low cost board facilitate plugable memory (SODIMM or whatever)?

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