Following the success of wildly popular Raspberry Pi many enthusiast platforms have been launched. BeagleBone Black, Intel NUC and Galileo all try to address small form factor with good development ecosystem that can be targeted towards global Maker community. SolidRun has taken a leaf out of Raspberry Pi by lauching their own board that gives you flexibility to swap out processor or even memory if you want to upgrade down the line. They achieve this by introducing their own Micro System on a Module (MicroSOM) which consists of CPU and Memory. They have also addressed some of common demands that necessitate workarounds on Raspberry Pi such as PCIe connectivity, LVDS Display Out, mSATA, IR Receiver. Also adding Powered USB which will eliminate needing to have USB hubs to connect power hungry USB peripherals.
Shipping in three models it promises to be an attractive platform. Hopefully it can leverage lot of code and solutions already existing for RPi.
More details after the jump…
Get ready to fall in love with new HummingBoard – a small and powerful, low-cost ARM computer that ignites the imagination. Whatever your dream, the HummingBoard will help make it happen – the possibilities for creating the next great IoT innovation are truly limitless. The HummingBoard allows you to run many open source operating systems – such as Ubuntu, Debian and Arch – as well as Android and XBMC. 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.