PINE64 unveiled with 64-bit processor to rival Raspberry Pi

PINE64 unveiled with 64-bit processor to rival Raspberry Pi

Are planning to kick-start your project with Raspberry Pi? There is a new option in town. PINE64 comes with a price tag of $15 and features a 64-bit processor to rival Raspberry Pi.

PINE 64 Inc claims that it has developed the world’s first and the most affordable 64-bit single board computer (SBC). Although the actual performance is yet to be revealed, the board that PINE64 offers is certainly more advanced than any of the Raspberry Pi model available in today’s market. It has a quad-core ARM Cortex A53 processor that runs at 1.2GHz clock speed, and is based on 64-bit architecture. Also, there is Mali400-MP2 GPU that already featured on several affordable Android running smartphones and tablets.

The presence of the 64-bit processor enables the computer to support new softwares and significantly increases performance. Further, it results better power efficiency over its 32-bit counterpart.

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PINE64 takes on Respberry Pi with a 64-bit processor

The PINE64 comes in two different models. The high-end model has 1GB of DDR3 RAM, while the low-end one has a 512MB of RAM. You can add up to 256GB of flash storage on either of the two models to start working on your new projects. The high-end model called the PINE64+ is available for $19, while the more affordable PINE64 comes at a price of $15. The company is also developing an even faster version with 2GB of RAM that will be available for $29.

All the PINE64 models are initially available for pre-order through Kickstarter. The crowdfunding campaign has already influenced over 4,800 backers and crossed the mark of $186,000.

You can use the new computer to run Ubuntu Linux, Android 5.1 (Lollipop) or even OpenHAB IoT to develop a new media player, Android TV or a connected device. Besides, there are options to install various languages such as Python, JSON, HTML and JAVA to learn programming through the new board. It has a 4K HDMI out, two USB ports and an Ethernet port.

The arrival of the PINE64 would give a tough competition to Raspberry Pi models. But the foundation behind the world’s most popular computing board already gained huge success, thanks to its wide range. It recently introduced a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero that presently enjoys monopoly in the market and offers an acceptable computing experience at a nominal charge.

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