MinnowBoard: Embedded Atom Processing

Cheap, tiny computers, including the Raspberry Pi, Arduino Due, and BeagleBone, can be used by creative developers for all sorts of things. One thing these platforms have in common is an ARM processor.

Now they have some competition from Intel’s MinnowBoard. This $199 computer is only 4.2″ x 4.2″ board and runs an Intel Atom processor. A MinnowBoard with Intel’s new Bay Trail chips may be available in the future. Specs include a 5V/2.5A power supply and all sorts of bus and I/O support.

The MinnowBoard is an open hardware platform, a distinction that Arduino and BeagleBone can claim but Raspberry Pi cannot. MinnowBoard can load any operating system that can run on the Intel Atom processor.

It ships with the Angstrom Linux distribution, which is compatible with the Yocto Project, a Linux Foundation project to produce Linux distributions for embedded software. The Yocto Project supports ARM, MIPS, PowerPC and x86/x86 64 architectures. Might be handy for camera enabled, solar-powered WiFi hotspots, among many other things.

Posted by Sam Churchill on .

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