Which single board computer to select?

My first SoC board was pcduino. Since it was one of the first boards and I used it 24/7.
It gave me some experience and I really like that Allwinner SoC A10 with 1GB RAM and 2GB storage. What I wanted was SATA so I could use my mini PC also as media server that support DLNA.Now I wanted to buy a new one, but which one?
To get the full list go to wiki.

I was comparing these boards:

  • pcduino v1, v2, v3, lite
  • cubieboard 1/2
  • Cubietruck
  • raspberry pi A/B
  • BeagleBone Black
  • A10-OLinuXino-LIME

The winner for me is Cubieboard 2
SoC A20; 1GB RAM; 4GB Storage; SATA connectore for 2,5′ disks; many extension PINs.
Price in EU: 63EUR

 

Cubieboard2 in box
Cubieboard 2 after fresh start

After some weeks I see the following disadvantages:

  • Pins for hobbyists are not the standard size. Icreated a posts with this topic
  • In compare to pcduino the community is limited to this cubietech forum

In next chapters I will introduce the boards…

pcDuino

Nice pcduino boards that came in many variations:
  • pcDuino Lite
    • Allwinner A10; 512MB; no Flash
  • pcDuino Lite WiFi
    • Allwinner A10; 256MB; 2GB Flash; Wifi
  • pcDuino v1 (my first board)
    • Allwinner A10; 1GB; 4GB Flash
  • pcDuino v2
    • Allwinner A10; 1GB; 4GB Flash; Wifi
  • pcDuino3
    • Allwinner A20; 1GB; 4GB Flash; Wifi; SATA
pcDuino3

The price is very affortable. Although pcDuino3 with SATA is about 70Eur and in this price level, you have more devices also from other vendors.

TODO: TBD


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