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9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 12:34 pm
by Paul Webster
This looks interesting for those that want to get to a price even below RPi A.
Planned 9$ single board computer with funded Kickstarter for release in December.
AllWinner chip - built-in wifi - 2 USB - no Ethernet
Pay extra for HDMI Out

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... 9-computer

http://nextthing.co

This is the team that brought out the Otto camera.

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 1:31 pm
by BMS Doug
Onboard WIFI, Bluetooth and composite video but VGA or HDMI outputs are done by adding an additional output card?

It's a nice cost cutting solution.

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 1:47 pm
by jamesh
Interesting. I wonder if they will suffer the usually Kickstarter delays and price increases once they realise what a job it is to get his stuff out and working.

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 1:53 pm
by BMS Doug
the reported $20 shipping to the UK puts it out of my price range, If it succeeds and hits the shelves over here I'll get one to play with.

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 2:01 pm
by bobstro
The little self-contained portable "Pocket CHIP" is interesting.

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 2:11 pm
by ShiftPlusOne
I like the board itself, but am sceptical about the price (by the time you add HDMI and shipping, you pay a fair bit and seem to lose GPIO). Seems nice for embedded applications though.

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 3:31 pm
by Dutch_Master
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :P

Anyway, I couldn't find the tech spec's, anyone who has?

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 3:42 pm
by BMS Doug
Dutch_Master wrote:Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :P

Anyway, I couldn't find the tech spec's, anyone who has?

just what is written in the post:
1Ghz processor
512MB of DDR3 RAM
4GB eMMC storage memory

UART
SPI
I2C
8 digital GPIO

Bluetooth 4.0
WIFI B/G/N

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 4:43 pm
by gandar
I think it's nice but once I get the HDMI that I want for ready viewing, it's cost is another but not as trusted pi.

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 4:49 pm
by mrpi64
BMS Doug wrote:
Dutch_Master wrote:Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :P

Anyway, I couldn't find the tech spec's, anyone who has?

just what is written in the post:
1Ghz processor
512MB of DDR3 RAM
4GB eMMC storage memory

UART
SPI
I2C
8 digital GPIO

Bluetooth 4.0
WIFI B/G/N
Unless they're buying in huge bulk, that would reach around $9 - and there's still the PCB and soldering and connectors and whatever.

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 5:10 pm
by Sleep Mode zZ
C.H.I.P seems not to be a serious alternative for Pi 2. It is not as powerful and it only has one USB connector. The price is nice but the price of the additional HDMI adapter brings it close to the Pi 2. I also can't find any confirmation if the C.H.I.P. can output Full HD - maybe it is limited to HD?

If VGA is a necessity, maybe the C.H.I.P. could be a better option than the Pi 2 for some people. - Both needs an adapter but maybe the C.H.I.P. one is smaller, cheaper and does not draw as much power as a general purpose HDMI to VGA adapter.

The A+, on the other hand, could find a serious competitor in the C.H.I.P. It has electronics to manage a battery and can stay connected through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Those are things that many A+ buyers could appreciate.

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 5:19 pm
by jdb
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What the heck is that? I seem to remember something vaguely familiar about the shape from when I was a young lad...

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 5:22 pm
by killor
It's funny, but the Raspberry PI , I think it is still the best option ...
And even more when the next model, take the embedded wifi ;)

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 5:24 pm
by ShiftPlusOne
jdb wrote:
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What the heck is that? I seem to remember something vaguely familiar about the shape from when I was a young lad...
Could be worse.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/175702/floppy.jpg (inherited a few with my C64)

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 6:23 pm
by BMS Doug
ShiftPlusOne wrote:
jdb wrote:
wut.png
What the heck is that? I seem to remember something vaguely familiar about the shape from when I was a young lad...
Could be worse.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/175702/floppy.jpg (inherited a few with my C64)
Luxury! I remember waiting for these to load:
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Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 6:35 pm
by mikronauts
Sheesh, now I feel old.

I remember these:

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and these:

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Mind you, I never actually used paper tape, but I did use punched cards...

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 6:40 pm
by bobstro
Luxury!

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Edit: Mikro beat me by seconds.

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 6:47 pm
by BMS Doug
Luxury!

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Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 7:21 pm
by mikronauts
Too posh!

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Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 7:43 pm
by ShiftPlusOne
...it's hard to find an image for singularity.

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Sat May 09, 2015 2:55 am
by W. H. Heydt
killor wrote:It's funny, but the Raspberry PI , I think it is still the best option ...
And even more when the next model, take the embedded wifi ;)
Say, what? I realize that there are people that would like on-board WiFi, but there has been non comment, let alone commitment for it from the RPF...and a fair number of people who have pointed out that it would be a poor use of resources to include it.

On the base subject...
From one article on this board, I find it strange that the VGA attachment costs *less* than the HDMI attachment. I would have expected it to be the other way around. Still...that would solve the sort of problem a lot of people have had. Just get the VGA board and use whatever old monitor you have sitting around.

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Sat May 09, 2015 3:32 am
by mikronauts
VGA costing less makes sense *if* the SOC does not have an hdmi compatible output built in, in which case an external encoder would be needed.

Frankly I am curious at what is available on those two nice 20x2 headers...

It is not (IMHO) competition for the RPi2 by any means, but it could carve out a niche for itself.
W. H. Heydt wrote:
killor wrote:It's funny, but the Raspberry PI , I think it is still the best option ...
And even more when the next model, take the embedded wifi ;)
Say, what? I realize that there are people that would like on-board WiFi, but there has been non comment, let alone commitment for it from the RPF...and a fair number of people who have pointed out that it would be a poor use of resources to include it.

On the base subject...
From one article on this board, I find it strange that the VGA attachment costs *less* than the HDMI attachment. I would have expected it to be the other way around. Still...that would solve the sort of problem a lot of people have had. Just get the VGA board and use whatever old monitor you have sitting around.

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Sat May 09, 2015 8:40 am
by mrpi64
Well, it's been funded!

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Sat May 09, 2015 11:44 pm
by W. H. Heydt
BMS Doug wrote:the reported $20 shipping to the UK puts it out of my price range, If it succeeds and hits the shelves over here I'll get one to play with.
I'm a trifle perturbed with the $5 shipping in the US...especially considering they're within 30 miles of where I live. Still...$24 for the board+VGA it's too bad.

Re: 9$ SBC from Next Thing

Posted: Sun May 10, 2015 1:56 am
by solar3000
sounds very interesting.
I'll believe it when I see it in stores.