Pine A64, World’s First $15 64-Bit Computer, Successfully Raises More than $1.7M on Kickstarter
Single board computers (SBCs) including Arduino, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Intel, OLinuXino, and other, have been gaining traction since 2005; however, one thing that is holding them back is that they all run ARM-based 32-bit processors. Now, that is all set to change as the world’s first 64-bit single board super computer, known as Pine A64, has successfully raised $1,731,466 US on Kickstarter with 36,781 backers.
With a base price of $15, Pine A64 hosts an ARMv8 Cortex-A53 chip that runs at 1.20GHz, and a dual-core MALI-400 MP2 GPU at 500MHz, capable of 1.1 Gpixels throughput. The device supports up to 2GB of DDR3 SDRAM, a microSD slot which can handle cards up to 256GB flash storage, up to gigabit ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI 1.4 connector offering 4K output and both a stereo mini-jack connector and built-in 3.7V Lithium battery charging circuit.
In comparison, Pine A64 delivers up to 20-30% better performance than other 32 bit open source counterparts and and consumes anywhere between 2.5 to 3.5 watts. The more advanced PINE A64+ model offers three additional ports to add optional accessories such as camera module, touch panel module, and the LCD Panel port.
Pine A64 versus Raspberry Pi 1 and 2:
“PINE64 set out to create a simple, smart and affordable computer that gives people access toward making their next big idea come to life,” says Co-Founder Johnson Jeng. “We provide a powerful 64-bit quad-core single-board computer at an exceptional price and remain compatible with multiple open source software platforms to build a community of creativity and innovation.”
Pine A64 will be able to handle Android 5.1 (Lollipop), Ubuntu Linux, openHAB, OpenWRT and Kodi, which offers 4Kx2K output via the H.265 video standard (1080p60 and 4Kp30) and also supports Miracast. Even more interesting about this cost effective 64-bit single board computer is the company’s claim that they are working on support for the Windows operating system.
Do you think Pine A64 could prove to be a serious competitor to the hugely popular Raspberry Pi?