Every year like clockwork, new breeds of single-board computers (SBCs) and the latest revisions of our favorite boards hit the market with makers, engineers, and IT professionals alike scrambling to get their hands on them to build projects around the new feature sets they bring.
As with any new development technology, this sparks healthy debates among users as to which boards are the best and why some others were not included. This ultimately boils down to “sorting logic,” meaning that they can be sorted in many ways — price points, performance, form factors, user communities, and so forth.
Applications also factor into this equation, as task-based SPCs are wide-ranging and handle everything from industrial automation to UAV controllers. As a result, this top 10 roundup focuses on mainstream SBCs that hobbyists, makers, and engineers can use for any number of projects whether they’re newcomers to the community or 30-year IT veterans. With that said, here are the top 10 mainstream single-board computers currently on the market, or will be for the fall of 2018.
The Raspberry Pi has been around for six years now, and every year, the Foundation introduces a new addition to their family. For 2018, the company launched the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, an improved version of its predecessor with some notable new features, which includes a 64-bit quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 SoC (@ 1.4 GHz) outfitted with a metal heat sink to handle the increased 200 MHz over the Pi 3.
The board also features dual-band 802.11ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2, Gigabyte Ethernet (Over USB 2.0), and PoE support (using a separate PoE HAT). Rounding out the Pi 3 Model B+ is an extended 40-pin GPIO header, full-sized HDMI port, four USB 2.0 ports, CSI camera port, DSI display port, and stereo and composite video ports.