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Competitors

Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:01 am

Who are the best competitors for RBi ?

I found this http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/olin ... essage/509

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Re: Competitors

Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:33 am

The status of that Olimex project can be seen here http://olimex.wordpress.com/

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Re: Competitors

Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:47 pm

The Olimex is very nice (512 MB, A13 processor,gpio), but
- the size is 2,5 x times a RPi (120x120mm)
- doesn't have a ethernet interface by default

Yes I know, it has an option for wireless...... still that is an option...
And yes, you can use the UEXT to get a ethernet adapterboard connected, but again that is extra.

So not having a standard ethernet (wired or wireless) is for me a no no.
Perhaps their A10 version will be better, hope they make one without a vga and as small as possible.

I rather have a carambola: http://www.8devices.com/product/3/carambola
which has standard wifi and 2x ethernet

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Re: Competitors

Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:26 pm

I agree. In some areas the RBi is more obvious choice (size, little a bit cheaper).

In my case that Olimex looks better because it is 4x faster and has more ram (512MB).

btw. Ethernet can be implemented quite easily (and it's cheap) by USB-to-Ethernet converter (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ethernet-Extern ... 4167b4c871) BUT yes it is an option and needs to be ordered separately.

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Re: Competitors

Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:17 pm

RBi?

RPi maybe. But it's not a Raspberry Bi is it? The first time I assumed it was a typing error. Now I see it looks like the beginnings of a bad habit. :lol:

p.s. I hope you mean Bi-metallic and not "the other" (ruder) :oops: one :lol:
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Re: Competitors

Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:17 am

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Re: Competitors

Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:44 pm

RBi can be seen as RaspBerry pI I guess

everyone knows what was meant, regardless :D

I doubt there will ever be anyone cheaper than raspberry. The "community" is also always used as a positive point during arguments which device is better. After all, if you have the choice between a well-supported device, or a cheaper device with a weaker userbase, the choice should be pointed towards the well-supported device for empiric reasons.

Regardless, I do really like all the ARM-based development board with their many breakout GPIO. It also makes me wonder why raspberry pi is BGA in the first place and why it isn't QFP. That way, routing all the GPIOs would be easier for the hardware developers and we would certainly have more GPIOs (maybe even I2S and more pwm). Remember that bcm2835 has a grand total of 54 IO pins. Some of those are used for the SD card and indicator LEDs. From a systems engineering point of view, the raspberry pi foundation has enough sales to convince Broadcom of putting the BCM2835 in a QFP package (or similar non-bga). If I counted correctly, there are 299 BGA points on the bottomside of the broadcom SoC. I have seen QFP packages in excess of 300 pins, so technology would allow this. I am in no way capable of estimating the costs of this venture, though. It is very much possible that non-BGA is more expensive than BGA. If anyone can enlighten me on this topic, please do!

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