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posted by martyb on Tuesday July 21 2020, @06:40PM   Printer-friendly
from the how-well-have-they-worked-for-you? dept.

It's FOSS has an overview of 13 Raspberry Pi-like single board computers.

The Raspberry Pi Zero and the Raspberry Pi Zero W were added to the line up of Raspberry Pi's in the last few years. These ultra-small form-factor SBC's have been a big hit and continue to be a part of Raspberry Pi projects from the maker and DIY communities.

Due to the smaller form factor and the prices these boards are targeting, they have had to cut down on many features like a dedicated Ethernet port, slower processor (compared to their full-fledged cousins).

In an earlier article, we listed the best alternatives to Raspberry Pi. In this one, I'll list some alternatives to Raspberry Pi Zero and Zero W.


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  • (Score: 2) by VLM on Wednesday July 22 2020, @06:19PM (3 children)

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday July 22 2020, @06:19PM (#1025018)

    The editors missed an obvious amusing title "A thinner slice of pi"

    Personally I'm intrigued by the idea of a slightly fatter slice of pi. Flash root drives burn out in a couple months, maybe years, on a raspi and it would be interesting to see a pi with dual flash set up as RAID-1

    Maybe a fat slice of pi would have RS-485 for serial modbus. Of course 99% of the idiots would plug rs-232 stuff into the rs-485 port and complain it doesn't work, but for those who know what they're doing...

    Maybe a fat slice of pi would have power distribution that doesn't suck such that you need to feed it with 5.25 volts or it rando reboots. How bout a nice on board switcher that can eat anything from 5 to 50 volts or at least 9-18 volts.

    Maybe a fat slice of pi would have lots and lots and lots of USB ports, so I could finally have that openwebrx monitoring station with 8 RTL-SDR devices. Yeah, just buy a hub, naah gimmie a fatter slice of pi

    Imagine a fat slice of pi with an on board RTL-SDR device, would only add $10 or so.

    How bout a fat slice of pi with a boat load of sensors? Magnetometer, temp, humidity, all that stuff. Some of the ST products aimed at cellphones are well under a dollar a piece.

    A fat slice of pi with a boat load of memory is interesting. Not sure what I'd do with more memory but it always seems to get used, LOL.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Wednesday July 22 2020, @09:17PM (2 children)

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Wednesday July 22 2020, @09:17PM (#1025127) Journal

    You probably want something more like ODROID-H2+ [hardkernel.com] or the ODYSSEY [seeedstudio.com], but you still aren't going to get the number of USB ports you want. The H2+ has two SO-DIMM slots for up to 32 GiB of RAM.

    The way I see it, you want two different form factors. Something smaller like the Raspberry Pi 4B or the LarkBox [notebookcheck.net] should be what gets a "boat load of sensors". Fits in palm = portable. Either one has some room for a tiny SSD (RPi doesn't yet but they are considering adding some connector in a future version).

    Then you want a few sizes up. Larger than H2+ or ODYSSEY, but smaller than most desktops. Maybe Mini-ITX? It will be overpriced, and you still might not find 8 USB ports on it.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 23 2020, @03:14AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 23 2020, @03:14AM (#1025286)
      I think few full-blown PCs have eight or more USB ports available, and most of those actually use USB hubs internally. My laptop has only three, including the type C port. My desktops have only six each, which is typical.