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Outputs. It also sports 2 10/100 BaseT Ethernet with RJ45 ports along with 1 USB 2.0 High-Speed (Host Port), 1 USB 2.0 Full- Speed (Host Port) and 1x USB 2.0 High-Speed (Device Port). While this board is a great development platform, it’s one of the higher priced SBCs running around $199. The BeagleBoard-xM BeagleBoard makes some of the more popular SBCs on the market and even their older boards are still standing strong in the maker community. The BeagleBoard-xM is powered by ARM’s AM37x 1GHz processor but has no NAND storage, so the OS has to be stored separately on a microSD card. (Source: BeagleBoard.org) Suggested by Sanjib.A, the BeagleBoard-xM is actually a modified version of the original SBC and features a faster ARM Cortex-A8 CPU (clocked @ 1GHz), 512Mb of LPDDR memory and a 4 GB microSD card pre-loaded with The Angstrom Distribution for embedded devices. It comes packed with a host of ports, including 4 USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, stereo in/ out jacks and S-video. While every feature makes this a decent SBC, it truly shines with its ability to pump out an HD resolution of 1400 X 1050 using the onboard DVI-D port. It can also run many Linux flavors, including Android, Fedora and Ubuntu along with a host of others. Not bad for a board that costs around $150. Intel’s NUC Kit DN2820FYKH While it may look like an HTPC or a streaming device like the Roku, it’s actually Intel’s NUC Kit DN2820FYKH. This one is suggested by me (Cabe) and actually houses the Intel’s NUC Kit DN2820FYKH (Source: Intel) company’s Haswellbased SBC, which features a Celeron 2820 dual-core processor, 1 GB DDR3L RAM and support for a 2.5-inch SSD or HDD. It also sports 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI 1.4a port. While it is true that the NUC can be used as an HTPC, Cloud storage device or even a desktop PC as it runs Windows 8.1, however there are hacks that allow users to run Fedora for software or app development. Intel’s NUC Kit costs in the neighborhood of $130, which isn’t bad considering it’s a stand-alone PC and an app-developing platform. WandBoard’s WBQUAD Another SBC I would like to suggest is WandBoard’s WBQUAD (or WandBoard Quad), which may be small in stature but it packs some serious hardware, including Freescale’s i.MX6 quad-core CPU (ARM Cortex-A9 clocked @ 1GHz). Besides the slick processor, the board also features an integrated Vivante GC2000 GPU, 2 GB of DDR3 RAM and 2 microSD slots. It also has a SATA connector, HDMI and USB ports in much the same Follow-us on EETimes Europe Follow-us on @EETimesEurope www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe February 2015 27


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