Pine A64 single board computer gets 1.6 million euros on Kickstarter

Jan

25

2016

Pine64 Inc. picked converted 1.6 million on Kickstarter for its Pine A64 single board computer. The device costs $ 15 and comes with a 64-bit quad-core CPU at 1.2 GHz. Among other Android 5.1 and Linux are directly supported as operating systems.

The collection target of the Kickstarter campaign was $ 31 416, a reference to pi. That amount was achieved within the first 24 hours. In the 44 days that followed, the rest of the money came in. Users can choose from three different variants of the Pine A64 which 15, 19 and 29 dollar fee. The model of $ 15, the Pine A64, has 512MB of DDR3 SDRAM. Those of 19 and 29 dollars, called the Pine A64 +, have 1GB and 2GB ram respectively. In addition, the Pine A64 + has ports for connecting a camera, LCD and touchscreen. Finally, the two more expensive varieties gigabit ethernet while cheaper only supports 10 / 100Mbps. All models have the same ARM Cortex-A53 CPU. The developers advertise with 20 to 30 percent better performance compared to 32-bit devices like the Raspberry Pi various models and the Arduino Zero.

The GPU in the Pine A64 is a Mali 400 MP2 which the device is able to play back 4K video at 30fps. 1080p images can be played back at 60fps. The output is via an HDMI port that also supports multi-channel audio. In addition, your computer has two USB 2.0 ports and 3.5mm inputs and outputs. Micro-SD storage up to 256GB is also supported. The whole consumes according to the developers 2.5 to 3.5 watts running at 36.4 degrees celsius, but it is unclear whether that is at idle or under load. The power for the device may come from micro-USB or an optional battery pack on board. One of the io-bus is also compatible with the Raspberry Pi to allow the accessories to use that device at the Pine A64.

Via BackerKit users can also purchase additional accessories for the Pine A64. It involves, among other supplies, housings, micro-SD cards with preloaded operating system, a battery, the bluetooth and wifi module and LCD touchscreen.

The first backers of the project can expect their Pine A64 in February. In these first shipments of the computer, however, lacks the module providing wifi and bluetooth. Which according to the developers is available “after the campaign.” You have to pay separately for users probably. For enclosures the same applies. These can not be bought alone, but also be downloaded in the form of 3D-print files. Who now, after the campaign, a Pine64 want to order, it may do so on the website of the company. Brings to shipping and import fees Pine64 Inc. 12 dollar bill in the more expensive two models. The shipping costs in the model of $ 15, is not mentioned.

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