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OLinuXino Nano-ITX Open Hardware SBC

Posted 14 Nov 2012 at 17:03 UTC by steve Share This

Move over, Raspberry Pi, there's another open hardware single board computer (SBC) out to win your hearts and minds. The weirdly named Olimex OLinuXino is making the news today on PCWorld, Slashdot, and FreeIO. The OLinuXino sounds like it might be Xenu's computer of choice. But in reality, it's a Nano-ITX with a 1 GHz ARM A13 Cortex A8 CPU with 3D Mali400 GPU. No word yet on whether there's source for the Mali400 GPU driver but a free software driver project called Lima exists. The board has 512MB of RAM, VGA out, SD slot, USB, audio in/out, a Real time clock, a UEXT connector that supports modules with Zigbee and bluetooth. It also has some GPIO pins, 3 I2C, 2 UARTs. Like many ARM SBCs, it lacks any A/D or D/A, which may be problematic for robotics users. But with the addition of an Arduino to handle I/O, this might make an interesting robotics controller. The board can run a variety of GNU/Linux distros like debian and can also run the Linux-based Android distro used on most mobile devices. Cost for all this open hardware goodness? About $57 USD.

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