HummingBoard, The Vastly More Powerful Raspi

By Brian Benchoff

The Raspberry Pi has been around for a while now, and while many boards that hope to take the Pi’s place at the top of the single board ARM Linux food chain, not one has yet succeeded. Finally, there may be a true contender to the throne. It’s called the HummingBoard, and packs a surprising amount of power and connectivity into the same size and shape as the venerable Raspberry Pi.

The HummingBoard uses a Freescale i.MX6 quad core processor running at 1GHz with a Vivante GC2000 GPU. There’s 2GB of RAM, microSD card slot, mSATA connector, Gigabit Ethernet, a BCM4329 WiFi and Bluetooth module, a real-time clock, and IR receiver. There’s also all the usual Raspberry Pi flair, with a 26 pin GPIO connector, CSI camera connector, DSI LCD connector,  stereo out, as well as the usual HDMI and analog video.

Full article here: HummingBoard

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Comment by Randy on April 23, 2014 at 6:01pm

Looks line a fine board.

Tridge and I and some of the others on the dev team are mostly moving towards the ODroid which is probably even a little faster than the one linked.  Of course, it's not just about speed though, it's also about the development community built around RPi that makes it really great.  I don't think any other board (including the ODroid) has that yet.  Beagle Bone Black is probably close.  Tridge's outback challenge last year used the Panda Board.

I think all these boards run Linux and although some details are different, I'll suspect all of them can be used in similar ways.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on April 23, 2014 at 9:04pm

Blast I just bought another two Pi's they make me feel young again and all 80's hacking (but at a much higher speed with way more options)

Comment by Billy B on April 23, 2014 at 9:53pm

Any interest in nVidia Jetson board?

Comment by Jay Bryon on April 24, 2014 at 10:53am

After reading the comments on hackaday, I'm putting a big WHOA on this.  Sounds like the company is a bit shortsighted, and it's another shiny object full of disappointment.  

Comment by John Moore on April 24, 2014 at 10:56am

@ Randy Does that mean the Firecape will be made for the ODroid instead of the BBB?

Comment by Tim Wilkin on April 24, 2014 at 6:33pm

@Randy: I've been using ODROID boards for nearly two years now in a range of machine vision projects, some related to UAVs… so I'm interested to know what you guys are up to and what your goals are?

Comment by Aym Altorra on May 2, 2014 at 9:37pm


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