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Raspberry Pi Alternatives

Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:27 pm
by rpiswag
The Raspberry Pi board is great but what about other boards like the banana pi. I am particularly interested in in the HummingBoard. Could the HummingBoard and other aternatives beat the Raspberry Pi in terms of speed and other aspecs and match and be largely compatible with the Raspberry Pi's accessories?

Re: Raspberry Pi Alternatives

Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:48 pm
by FLYFISH TECHNOLOGIES
Hi,
rpiswag wrote:Could the HummingBoard and other aternatives beat the Raspberry Pi in terms of speed and other aspecs
Compare their features, item by item.
rpiswag wrote:and be largely compatible with the Raspberry Pi's accessories?
Yes if it is about standardized (eg. USB) accessories, conditionally yes if it is about GPIO accessories.


Best wishes, Ivan Zilic.

Re: Raspberry Pi Alternatives

Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:15 pm
by riklaunim
That depends which accessories you want it to be compatible. Most other http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_si ... _computers have their own requirements and needs.

Raspberry Pi shields that that take the whole GPIO pin connector could be re-connected to some other boards (if you know which pins they actually use) and the some code would have to be written to control them. On the other hand if they have 5V GPIO then they can use cheaper and more common Arduino-compatible 5V boards (not shields) made by the Chinese in great numbers ;)

I use pyMCU a lot (microcontroller board), and sometimes also pcDuino which also tries to be Python friendly for GPIO. Beaglebone Black has a lot on this subject too, but I didn't used it yet.

Re: Raspberry Pi Alternatives

Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:58 am
by fruitoftheloom
http://liliputing.com/2014/07/solidruns ... nd-up.html

$45 seems ok, but what about quality of manufacture ?

Re: Raspberry Pi Alternatives

Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 6:24 am
by riklaunim
fruitoftheloom wrote:http://liliputing.com/2014/07/solidruns ... nd-up.html

$45 seems ok, but what about quality of manufacture ?
What you have in mind? It shouldn't break just after arrival. That company seems to be good at making things and their existing Cubox-i gets good reviews etc.

Note that $45 is the single core version so limited improvement. $74 for dual core and $99 with extra outputs like mSATA and PCIe. If you don't need that PCIe also PcDuino v3 could be interesting at $80 from China. That one has SATA and dual core A20 plus some already known software to use its GPIO :)

Re: Raspberry Pi Alternatives

Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:17 am
by mrpi64
BeagleBone, CubieBoard, BeagleBoard, BananaPi, the list goes on.