The war of the single-board computers has heated up with the advent of SolidRun’s all new ARM-powered single-board computers, thaat appears to be a more powerful alternative to the humble Raspberry Pi board on paper. HummingBoard adds to the current stack of Arduinos, Beaglebones, Intel’s NUC and Pi-board of course and is available for pre-order from the SolidRun website at a price tag between $45 and $100.
The tiny, ARM-powered HummingBoard computer looks a lot like the Raspberry Pi: it’s built on the same platform and also fits into the same third-party cases as the Pi. However, the HummingBoard has a faster processor and comes in 3 different configurations. Further, you can customise the board as it lets you conveniently switch out the CPU and memory module.
The entry-level HummingBoard-i1 (@$45) is powered by a Freescale i.MX6 Solo ARM Cortex-A9 processor and Vivante GC880 graphics coupled with 512MB of RAM. Connectivity options include: 10/100 Ethernet, 2 USB 2.0 ports, microSD card slot, HDMI and SPDIF ports, and GPIO headers. The mid-level HummingBoard-i2 (@$75) is powered by a dual-core i.MX6 Dual processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the $100 HummingBoard-i2eX comes with Gigabit Ethernet, GC2000 graphics, 2 more internal USB 2.0 ports, mic input, mSATA II connector, PCI Express connector, and IR port.
The HummingBoard computer can run Android, Ubuntu, and Debian operating systems.