New single-board computer from Israeli company to begin shipping later this month
Israel-based Solid Run is now taking orders for a single-board computer that is reportedly capable of fitting into any third-party case designed for the hugely popular Raspberry Pi. Looks and size aside, the HummingBoard, as the diminutive PC is called, is much more powerful than its storied rival.
With three variants priced $45, $75 and $100, respectively (power adapter and 4GB Micro SD sold separately), the HummingBoard is more expensive than the Pi, which is available in $25 and $35 versions.
Featuring a single-core 1GHz ARMv7 SoC and 512MB RAM, the most basic version, the HummingBoard-i1, is not only more powerful than the Pi, which only has a 700MHz ARMv6 chip, but is also capable of running a wider choice of operating systems. The other two SKUs pack dual-core chips and double the memory.
“The HummingBoard allows you to run many open source operating systems – such as Ubuntu, Debian and Arch – as well as Android and XBMC,” reads the official HummingBoard product page.
“With its core technology based on SolidRun’s state-of-the-art Micro System on a Module (MicroSOM), it has ready-to-use OS images, and its open hardware comes with full schematics and layout. Best of all, as a Linux single board computer, the HummingBoard is backed by the global digital maker community, which means you can alter the product in any way you like and get full kernel upstreaming support and all the assistance you need.”