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Here Comes Intel's Open Source Single-Board Computer, 'Minnowboard Max'  
Intel aims to resurrect its low-power Atom processor by readily 'giving it' to hackers (owing to the meager price), making it relevant once again.    
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Saturday, April 05, 2014 Adding to the current awesome crop of fully open source devices, Intel has now gone ahead and released its much anticipated $99 Minnowboard Max. The Minnowboard is a tiny single-board computer that runs Linux and Android. The open source computer is powered by a 1.91GHz Atom E3845 processor and the tantalising price tag is clearly expected to be a major crowd puller.

Minnowboard Max, Intel, Open Source Single-Board Computer, Atom processor, Linux, Android, Raspberry Pi, hackers

The Minnowboard Max doesn’t directly compete with the Raspberry Pi and doesn't aspire to do that. The new device will help DIYers/hackers to mess around in x86 architected systems at an affordable price, that is. The Minnowboard Max comes with break-out boards called 'Lures' to expand functionality. Also, the graphics chipset comes with open source drivers. Intel aims to resurrect its low-power Atom processor by readily 'giving it' to hackers (owing to the meager price), making it relevant once again.

Raspberry Pi on the other hand runs a Broadcomm system-on-chip with a 700Mhz ARM processor. Directed more towards education, Raspberry is perhaps one of the most popular SBCs available.


-Processor — Atom E3800 (Bay Trail-I) with Intel HD 4000 Graphics:

Single-core E3815 @ 1.46GHz (5W TDP)

Dual-core E3825 @ 1.33GHz (6W TDP)

Dual-core E3826 @ 1.46GHz (7W TDP)

Dual-core E3827 @ 1.75GHz (8W TDP)

Quad-core E3845 @ 1.91GHz (10W TDP)

-RAM — supports 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB DDR3 RAM

-Flash — 8MB SPI flash (for UEFI/Coreboot/etc.)

-Coastline I/O:

MicroSD slot

Micro-HDMI port

Gigabit Ethernet port (RJ45)

Dual USB ports — 1x USB 3.0 host; 1x USB 2.0 host

1x SATA 3Gb/sec port

-Expansion connectors:

Low-speed connector (26-pin) — SPI, I2C, I2S audio, 2x UARTs (TTL-level), 8x GPIO (2x supporting PWM), +5V, GND

High-speed connector (60-pin) — 1x PCIe Gen 2.0 lane, 1x SATA 3Gb/sec, 1x USB 2.0 host, I2C, GPIO, JTAG, +5V, GND

-Other features — serial debug port (header); firmware flash port (header); heatsink; ACPI 5.0 support

-Operating temperature — 0 to 70°C

-Power — 5VDC

-Operating system — Debian GNU/Linux; Yocto Project Linux; Android 4.4

The new board is available here

Specification courtesy: LinuxGizmos

Saurabh Singh, EFYTIMES News Network

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