kghunt
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BlackSwift tiny pc

Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:46 am

I just found and backed this kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/11 ... s-computer

I have a project in mind where space and power consumption are a concern but an arduino won't cut it. I'm still developing it on a pi but I plan to uses this (if they are successful) in the final design. Thought I'd share. Its not a competitor to the pi no more than the arduino is and it seems like they have the same ethics are not just in it for the cash. A shame they didn't pick a food based name!

Ravenous
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Re: BlackSwift tiny pc

Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:40 pm

Looks good - smaller and lower power than a raspi, and wireless built in if you can spare the extra current.

I like the non-fruit name by the way - at least they're trying to be original! :D

PiGraham
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Re: BlackSwift tiny pc

Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:13 pm

I was almost tempted, but I don't have an application for it.
It seems to sit between Pi and Teensy 3.1 with WiFI on-board.

Pi 700MHz 256/512MB RAM <=64MB SD FLASH 64 c 56mm
BlackSwift 400MHz 64MB RAM 16MB ROM 35 x 25mm
Teensy 3.1 72MHz 65kB RAM 156kB FLASH 35 x 18 mm

Teensy is similar size. No Linux, but Arduino compatible. Small memory

Serial-WiFi modules are available dirt cheap

I notice they mention Arduino but not Teensy.

BMS Doug
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Re: BlackSwift tiny pc

Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:24 pm

at £12 (and free postage) I backed it, I don't know what I'll do with it if the kickstarter is funded but for £12 I'll figure something out eventually.
Doug.
Building Management Systems Engineer.

gregeric
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Re: BlackSwift tiny pc

Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:48 pm

Pretty similar to the TPLink TL-WR703N, itself a useful little box when running OpenWRT, but with more flash & ram as standard, and missing the ethernet port. I'm becoming a dev board addict...

marked
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Re: BlackSwift tiny pc

Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:05 pm

gregeric wrote:Pretty similar to the TPLink TL-WR703N, itself a useful little box when running OpenWRT, but with more flash & ram as standard, and missing the ethernet port. I'm becoming a dev board addict...
These are stunning boards, but I've managed to brick my chinese one - so break out the pi and a serial -usb adapter... but I doubt very much I'm going to be able to get it affixed to the miniscule pads.

W. H. Heydt
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Re: BlackSwift tiny pc

Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:34 pm

It looks interesting...though I don't have a use for one. It strikes me as the guts of a router (just as so many SBCs are really the guts of smartphones and tablets), which is reinforced by their choice of OS. I guess the intent is sort of a "super-Arduino"...

gregeric
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Re: BlackSwift tiny pc

Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:47 pm

marked wrote:
gregeric wrote:Pretty similar to the TPLink TL-WR703N, itself a useful little box when running OpenWRT, but with more flash & ram as standard, and missing the ethernet port. I'm becoming a dev board addict...
These are stunning boards, but I've managed to brick my chinese one - so break out the pi and a serial -usb adapter... but I doubt very much I'm going to be able to get it affixed to the miniscule pads.
I know what you mean, they're so small... almost as easy to forget about that: remove the spi flash, read the important partitions & replace with a bigger part - that 4MB just isn't enough.

BMS Doug
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Re: BlackSwift tiny pc

Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:54 pm

My Blackswift arrived today, it's tiny (about half the size of a pi0).

Maybe one day I'll have a use for it.
Doug.
Building Management Systems Engineer.

gregeric
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Re: BlackSwift tiny pc

Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:06 pm

Still waiting on mine. Immediate use: shrink the footprint of stuff I do on a tp-link wr703; later exploit the extra gpio it exposes.

kghunt
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Re: BlackSwift tiny pc

Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:22 am

I totally forgot I ordered one. Thought the project had died.

PiGraham
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Re: BlackSwift tiny pc

Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:34 am

I didn't back Blackswift, but revisiting it now it looks quite similar to Onion Omega, which I did back (because it had a mix of extension boards that I thought would be useful) and received last month.

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