“FOB Price: US $35 – 50 / Set Ibox6818 Front Hardware Interfaces InformationName StateCPU S5P6818 ARM Cortex A53, 4*1.4Ghz+PMU AXP228Memory THGBMBG6D1KBAIL, 8GB EmmcFlash H5TQ4G83FFR-PBC DDR3 2GB, 1GB OptionalLCD/VGA Interface RGB Output InterfaceMIPI Interface Connect with Mipi Interface LCD DisplayLVDS Interface Connect with LVDS Interface LCD DisplayIr Remote Control HS0038BSoftware On/Off Key On/Off, and Wake-up KeyKey, User-Defined Independent Key, SW1Key, User-Defined Independent Key, SW2TF Card, CH0 TF Card, Channel 0Hard Reset Key Hard Reset KeyHDMI Interface HDMI Output InterfaceGPIO Interface SPI, UART, ADC device extensionUART0 Debug UART0USB OTG USB OTG InterfaceSpeaker External speaker outputHeadset Record inputBattery Single 4.2V Lithium Battery5V Input Interface DC Power InterfaceEarphone Earphone OutputUSB HOST HUB Chip Extension, dual channels HOSTEthernet The Gigabit Ethernet, RT8211E InterfaceVGA Interface SDA7123 VGA Interface”
See Octa Core Motherboard G6818 Arm Cortex A53 Android Single Board Computer – Buy Octa Core Motherboard,Arm Cortex A53,Android Single Board Computer Product on Alibaba.comThis Graperain 6818 motherboard is very close to what I want for new computers in my home. It has sufficient computing power, good connectivity, low price and low power-consumption. It would be perfect if it had
- More and faster RAM – 800 MHz and 2gB is so 2010…
- SATA storage – we’ll have to use NAS or SATA/USB docks
As is this thing can run either Android/Linux or GNU/Linux. The 2gB RAM thing can be worked around by using a cluster of such devices and running some processes on each. The browser is awkward though. The Little Woman and I both regularly use 2gB real and 2gB virtual RAM while browsing, making Beast swap occasionally. Beast has 4gB now and would grow to 8 or 16gB if upgraded. A cluster of 4 of these things could easily replace Beast and one more would be a great thin client for her. Capital cost would be about:
- $400 CDN for motherboards,
- $25 for a decent dock with USB/ethernet,
- $150 for some new large hard drives.
- Total – $575 to please two or more users and drive a spike into the heart of Wintel.
Most applications we use would just love to be on such a cluster. The browser is the exception. Firefox does not play well with clusters, loving to have one process with a gazillion tabs open. Swapping over gigabit/s Ethernet is an option. Must invest in an all-gigabit switch…
I could wait a bit for the maker to upgrade RAM or I could just go ahead and buy these as they are. This would be my first ARMed general-purpose computing system other than smartphones. Perhaps I will buy one and play with it first. Either way we are in an exciting time in the evolution of IT. For the first time in ages, there are viable alternatives to Wintel on every front.