2020 was an excellent year for single-board computers (SBCs), which ushered in the Raspberry Pi 4, an updated Nvidia Jetson Developer Kit, and the release of the Odyssey J4105 x86 series that offers native support for Windows and Linux operating systems.2021 brought with it a global pandemic with a subsequent chip shortage that has stagnated the production of everything from video cards to CPUs. While the new year hasn’t been kind to manufacturers, chip production is expected to return to normal levels later this year. With that in mind, we will look at some of the best SBCs available on the market and their potential applications.
1: Raspberry Pi 400
(Image source: Raspberry Pi)
I particularly like this one. Takes me back to the old video game console days. The Raspberry Pi 400 is a complete computer packed inside a keyboard, which the Foundation states can be used for everyday computing tasks, including work and study. The 400 is equipped with a Broadcom BCM2711 quad-core Cortex-A72 64-bit SoC (1.8GHz), 4Gb of LPDDR4, dual-band IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, Bluetooth 5.0/BLE, and Gigabit Ethernet. It also features a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0 port, 2X micro-HDMI ports, and the same 40-pin header found on almost every Raspberry Pi. The 400 can also handle 4K video via H.265 and 1080p using H.264. The Foundation designed the Raspberry Pi 400 to run right out of the box, which can connect to both TVs and monitors. It’s available in a 78- or 79-key keyboard (depending on the region) or in kit form, including a mouse, USB-C power supply, an SD card with the Raspberry Pi OS preinstalled, an HDMI cable, and a copy of the Raspberry Pi beginner’s guide.
Continuing reading the rest of the list:
- Embedded Now Piconium Modular SBC
- Odyssey x86 Mini-PC
- Nvidia Jetson TX2
- Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
- Asus Tinker Board 2S
- iWave Systems iW-Rainbow-G27S
- BeagleBone Green Wireless
- F&S armStone MX8M
- Novasom Industries M11
- The top microcontroller boards
- Open-source reference board targets rapid medical ventilator deployment
- Tearing down a semi-autonomous motorcar for disabled drivers
- Red Pitaya: STEMlab platform tailored for faster data, larger bandwidth applications
- Low power AI vision board lasts ‘years’ on single battery
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