It looks like here a new credit card size computer on the block and it’s called the “HummingBoard”. It takes on the same basic shape as a Raspberry Pi, but with a more powerful processor and supports more operating systems.
SolidRun, which also makes the “CuBox-i computer” that we wrote about. They just started selling the HummingBoard in many configurations ranging from $45 to $100, minus the price of a power adapter and Micro SD card.
” So get ready to fall in love with the 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.
HummingBoard uses a 1GHz ARMv7 processor rather than the 700MHz ARMv6 one that has worked well for the Raspberry Pi yet limits the number of operating systems it can run. HummingBoard configurations use single- and dual-core i.MX 6 chips based on the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture, and they range from 512MB to 1GB of memory.
Other features include OpenGL support, up to Gigabit Ethernet, support for mSATA and PCIe mini cards, HDMI, GPIO pins, LVDS display out, a camera interface, and powered USB.
The HummingBoard was “cleverly designed to mimic the Raspberry Pi’s dimensions and layout,” Geek.com wrote. “That means it’ll fit into the hundreds of ready-to-use Raspberry Pi cases.” In addition, “[t]he processor sits on its own module, which means you may be able to purchase upgrades for it in the future.”
Here’s a video from SolidRun that compares the HummingBoard to the Raspberry Pi: