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Intel Releases $99 'MinnowBoard Max,' an Open-Source Single-Board Computer

timothy posted about 6 months ago | from the embed-and-deploy dept.

Intel 97

A few months back, we posted a video interview with some of the folks behind the Linux-friendly, x86-based MinnowBoard. TechCrunch reports the release of a more powerful version of the same all-in-one computer, now with a 1.91GHz Atom E3845 processor. According to the linked article, "The board's schematics are also available for download and the Intel graphics chipset has open-source drivers so hackers can have their way with the board. While it doesn’t compete directly with the Raspberry Pi – the Pi is more an educational tool and already has a robust ecosystem – it is a way for DIYers to mess around in x86 architected systems as well as save a bit of cash. The system uses break-out boards called Lures to expand functionality."

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Interesting timing... (4, Interesting)

MindPrison (864299) | about 6 months ago | (#46672271)

...considering the release of Novena. the Open Source Computer: http://dangerousprototypes.com... [dangerousprototypes.com]

Re:Interesting timing... (2)

SpzToid (869795) | about 6 months ago | (#46673747)

That truly is interesting. One use case would be functioning as a router/firewall, and I wonder to what extent the Open Switch folks [arstechnica.com] will support this level of hardware. I have no real background in that area, but it seems to me it would not be too much extra effort to add support for this level. Then the /. folks could replace their Open/DD-WRTs & Tomatos, while adding neat features like IDS.

What with the Anonymous/NSA nonsense and all, I'd prefer more frequent updates than the DD-WRTs & Tomatos provide, (I can't speak about OpenWRT, and maybe they are more frequent).

Re:Interesting timing... (1)

nuonguy (264254) | about 6 months ago | (#46673945)

Cool.

Someone ought to post this announcement to slashdot. I wonder if it's something slashdot might cover. :-)

Probably not (0)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 6 months ago | (#46674453)

Slashdot is all frippery these days. Never anything technical at all.

my thoughs exactly (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46680257)

I can't help but feel they want to usurp the novena and then magically cease production. Novena please.

This is a repost from yesterday (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672273)

http://hardware.slashdot.org/submission/3463873/intel-releases-99-minnowboard-max-an-open-source-single-board-computer?sdsrc=rel

Re:This is a repost from yesterday (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 6 months ago | (#46672589)

It's not a repost, rather a massive improvement over that unaccepted submission.

Re:This is a repost from yesterday (1)

SeaFox (739806) | about 6 months ago | (#46672815)

What about the accepted submission from the 31st?

http://hardware.slashdot.org/s... [slashdot.org]

Lires, Capes, Shields - how lame (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672301)

Why is it that every time someone puts a new experimenter board they need to come up with some lame name for a daughterboard that adds capability?

Re:Lires, Capes, Shields - how lame (2)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 6 months ago | (#46672357)

Even better, how come nobody ever thought about using "Sonboard"?

Re:Lires, Capes, Shields - how lame (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | about 6 months ago | (#46672489)

Even better, how come nobody ever thought about using "Sonboard"?

You swine!

Re:Lires, Capes, Shields - how lame (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 6 months ago | (#46674455)

Use wine?

Re:Lires, Capes, Shields - how lame (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672371)

Why is it that every time someone puts a new experimenter board they need to come up with some lame name for a daughterboard that adds capability?

I am partial to bustier, torsolette, corsolette, girdle, garter, stocking, etc. Imagine a mother board and daughter board dressed in Victorian Era undergarments?

Re:Lires, Capes, Shields - how lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672835)

Excuse me, I just need to visit the bathroom...

Re:Lires, Capes, Shields - how lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672425)

Most dev boards just call expansion boards... expansion boards.
Just the crap peddled to the "maker" crowd gets silly names.

BUT is this hardware nsa friendly (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672337)

is intel hardware still NSA friendly...cause no one wants garbage that enables privacy violations

I see (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46674361)

NSA is just doing her job. Privacy is overrated and should abolished.

Zirconia Starfighter

dupes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672375)

Did I read about this on Slashdot already or am I having a deja-vu

Re:dupes (4, Funny)

the_B0fh (208483) | about 6 months ago | (#46672587)

You are having deja-vu

Re:dupes (4, Funny)

the_B0fh (208483) | about 6 months ago | (#46672603)

You are having deja-vu.

Really a combination of amnesia & deja-vu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46674463)

When you vaguely remember forgetting something.

Re:Really a combination of amnesia & deja-vu (1)

Zaiff Urgulbunger (591514) | about 6 months ago | (#46678139)

You are having deja-vu.

One of many (4, Informative)

petes_PoV (912422) | about 6 months ago | (#46672459)

There are plenty of other single or dual processor boards that will run Linux or Android, that are out already. Some are considerably cheaper. Unless the 64-bit Intel architecture is spectacularly more efficient than the A10, A13 and A20s we have access to already it's difficult to see what this board has that the Cubies and Olimex's don't already provide.

Re:One of many (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672729)

As it turns out, Intel's latest Atom offering is quite efficient and powerful. So it's not a bad deal if you've got something specific in mind. For example the cubietruck board, another $100 almost, only has a dual core A7 (I've no idea where you pulled those a10,13, and 20 numbers from). And Intel's processor here just outclasses that in every way.

It's "expensive" from the standpoint of other miniboard computers like the rasberry-pi, but it appears you're still paying for what you get here, because what you get is pretty good.

Re:One of many (3, Informative)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | about 6 months ago | (#46672971)

Being the owner of a Cubie -- the integrated Intel HD graphics chipset is potentially a huge feature for building apps that render graphics or video, which is something I do a lot of.

Re:One of many (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46673451)

Not having to deal with ARM boot issues is worth something, too.

Re:One of many (3, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about 6 months ago | (#46674467)

The CPU on any of these boards is probably adequate for most tasks. The big difference between Intel and most ARM SoCs for open source development? The GPU drivers. Intel releases documentation and code for their drivers. Most ARM SoC makers release blob drivers that work with a specific windowing system and kernel version. Trying to get X.org running on one that only provides Android drivers, or trying to get any non-Linux OS running on them with acceleration is painful.

Re:One of many (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46674875)

Your comment about Intel is almost correct, unless the Intel's GPU actually happens to come from PowerVR. With that the situation with OpenGL is actually even worse than with ARM SoC's, as there is no support for 3D acceleration at all on Linux.

Re:One of many (1)

knarf (34928) | about 6 months ago | (#46675477)

...or trying to get any non-Linux OS running on them with acceleration is painful.

How times have changed... a mere few years ago the complaint would be about the difficulty of getting Linux to run on some platform, now it is the other way around.

"Open source computer"???? (1, Insightful)

Hizonner (38491) | about 6 months ago | (#46672463)

The vast bulk of the functionality comes from an Intel processor about whose internals they will tell you approximately NOTHING, let alone let you modify it. Most of the rest comes from other equally closed chips.

How is that open source?

There's basically NO open source hardware out there. And if there were nobody would be in a position to do much with it, because it would take a fab to make any change.

Have standards dropped so far that we're forgetting that?

Re:"Open source computer"???? (4, Informative)

TeknoHog (164938) | about 6 months ago | (#46672549)

There's basically NO open source hardware out there. And if there were nobody would be in a position to do much with it, because it would take a fab to make any change.

  • 1. There is the good old solder-it-yourself scene, ham radio style, hardware with a hard H.
  • 2. There is a lively FPGA scene, with the complication of mostly closed-source synthesis tools (like compilers). I don't regard this as a huge problem, as long as I can make hardware do what I want. If you're new to the scene, I recommend fpga4fun [fpga4fun.com] .

Re:"Open source computer"???? (-1, Flamebait)

Required Snark (1702878) | about 6 months ago | (#46672591)

You're absolutely right. There is no truly open source hardware.

Since this is so outrageous, I suggest that you immediately give up using anything with a computer. No laptop, pads, desktop or smartphone. Get off the internet entirely. No GPS. No ATM or banking. No electricity, because all electric power generation uses evil closed source hardware.

In fact, the only way you can live and be free of all the closed source hardware is to go and live in the woods like Ted Kaczynski. I hope you do so, because then there would be one less self obsessed moron on Slashdot.

Re:"Open source computer"???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672687)

You're absolutely right. There is no truly open source hardware.

Since this is so outrageous, I suggest that you immediately give up using anything with a computer. No laptop, pads, desktop or smartphone. Get off the internet entirely. No GPS. No ATM or banking. No electricity, because all electric power generation uses evil closed source hardware.

In fact, the only way you can live and be free of all the closed source hardware is to go and live in the woods like Ted Kaczynski. I hope you do so, because then there would be one less self obsessed moron on Slashdot.

Do you ever listen to yourself?

People like you are why we can't have calm adult discussions about things like science, religion and politics.

Re:"Open source computer"???? (2)

wiredlogic (135348) | about 6 months ago | (#46672629)

You can implement ARM, MIPS, SPARC, x86 (if you're a masochist) and other architectures on FPGAs. You can modify them to your heart's content and have an absolute guarantee that it isn't backdoored. If you're really paranoid about the underlying FPGA being compromised, you can validate the contents in real time with another manufacturers device.

Re:"Open source computer"???? (1, Interesting)

Hizonner (38491) | about 6 months ago | (#46672713)

FPGAs aren't in any sense "open source hardware". Their physical embodiment is opaque and unmodfiable, although you do get at least some vague idea how they're organized. They're just devices that run a rather unusual form of software. That may or may not be a problem, but it's still true. ... and if you use them to emulate traditional processors, they will do it slowly and expensively, wasting their very real technical advantages.

Being concerned about back doors isn't the only reason you'd want something to be open source... maybe you'd just like to be able to adapt and improve it. Or maybe not; hardware is a pretty unforgiving environment, and it's not obvious that that many people want to mess with it. Regardless of whether open source hardware is needed, it really doesn't exist in any significant way.

"Significant" matters there, by the way.I said "basically NO open source hardware", and "basically" was in there for a reason. I can also have truly open source CPUs custom fabbed, but it's not something anybody does or will probably ever do.

Re:"Open source computer"???? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672867)

For most of the FPGAs I've used complete documentation for the clbs and different slices is available.
In fact if you open up the design tools you can manually place hardware macros which means that you have exact information about the organizaiton of the FPGA.
The parts that are hidden are mostly the software tools and bitstream format which they don't like people reverse engineering. But it's certainly possible.

Re:"Open source computer"???? (0)

Hizonner (38491) | about 6 months ago | (#46672963)

Thank you for the correction on how much you get to know about the insides.

Re:"Open source computer"???? (1)

chthon (580889) | about 6 months ago | (#46674695)

Please mod this up.

There is also a whole lot of papers, theses and doctorates about dynamically reconfiguring FPGA's, showing that obtaining information about their structure is very possible (the most advanced of this is IMHO, the work of Dirk Koch).

Re:"Open source computer"???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46673155)

It is a little more difficult to hide the workings of an FPGA, as the exact layout and connections are important to the timing. Their compilers can sweep some of this under the rug, but if you are trying to maximize speed of a design, you need to be aware of the details. And like most things, the speed and expense of processors in FPGAs is not that bad, and it comes down to what you are trying to do. I've had projects that needed something quite a bit more powerful that a microcontroller, but wanted the FPGA to implement a bunch of output logic external to the processor, and in my case, found it cheaper to have a larger FPGA handle both the processor and programmable logic, instead of a separate processor chip.

Re:"Open source computer"???? (4, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about 6 months ago | (#46674493)

We're just about to open source our MIPS IV implementation (I'll post something to Slashdot when it's done - lots of legal paperwork for creating a community interest company to coordinate it and so on). It's written in Bluespec, which is a high-level HDL and very easy to modify (we've been setting an exercise to replace the branch predictor[1] in it to students for a couple of years now and they're able to in a couple of hours and get the required prediction rates).

MIPS IV is nice, because it's a 64-bit ISA that's over 20 years old (the magic number for patents). FreeBSD 10 runs on it out of the box with the BERI kernel config on the Altera DE4 boards and in simulation and 10.1 should include a kernel config for the NetFPGA 10G board. These boards are pretty expensive, but we have a couple of configurations that will let it run on smaller FPGAs. Removing the FPU makes it a lot smaller and you can also build a microcontroller variant (simple static branch predictor, no MMU) that's even smaller. The simulator is slow, but just about useable (it takes about an hour to boot to single user mode, but it's enough for testing).

It's only in the last couple of years that FPGAs have become interesting for this kind of thing. There are a few high-level HDLs appearing, because hardware is sufficiently complex that the traditional approach of throwing it all away and starting again every CPU revision is increasingly impractical. The devices themselves are now fast enough that they're useable for prototyping and getting a reasonable feel for behaviour. We can get 100-200MHz with 4 cores in a single FPGA with the latest generation - not competitive with an ASIC, but fast enough that you can actually use them. I gave a demo that ended up being more compelling than I expected because I was showing people some things running on the UART console and I'd left the network cable connected so the screen kept being spammed with messages about invalid ssh connection attempts. Nothing I was doing said 'this is a real computer' quite as much as people on the Internet trying to attack it...

Re:"Open source computer"???? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about 6 months ago | (#46672647)

There's basically NO open source hardware out there.

Ever hear of a FPGA?

Lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46679323)

An FPGA is a closed source piece of hardware with open source microprogramming.

Re:"Open source computer"???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672769)

What about the OpenSPARC and OpenRISC?

$99 = €150? lol take that you euro-weenies (3, Insightful)

bazmail (764941) | about 6 months ago | (#46672465)

Seriously though, way to cripple the roll-out of a product with potential.

Government (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672627)

That's likely an issue with government regulation and tariffs.

Re:Government (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672987)

Sales taxes in Europe are lower than the US.

It costs EUR 190 after taxes in the UK. Thats about $260. Fucking insane.

Irrelevant (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46673149)

What does the sales tax have to do with anything? Nothing.

Re:Government (1)

kthreadd (1558445) | about 6 months ago | (#46674115)

Sales taxes in Europe are lower than the US.

It costs EUR 190 after taxes in the UK. Thats about $260. Fucking insane.

A more or less complete computer at that form factor for $260 is quite neat actually.

Re:Government (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about 6 months ago | (#46675899)

Sales taxes in Europe are lower than the US.

Eh, what? Which planet were you speaking of, again?

Planet Fruitloop (lol) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46676333)

You know: Where YOU come from http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org]

Zontar = sockpuppeteer & lying libeling troll (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46755077)

"You barge into discussions with your off-topic hosts file nonsense" - by Zontar The Mindless (9002) on Friday April 11, 2014 @09:51PM (#46731153) FROM -> http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org]

You said my "APK Hosts File Engine" is a virus/malware http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org] but it's EASILY PROVABLE it's not, right there in that link too.

Now PROVE YOUR FALSE ACCUSATION above: Show me a quote OR POST of me posting off topic on hosts where they did NOT apply... go for it!

---

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Funny you can't back up your "bluster" there either, lol...

---

Why, Lastly?

You're crackers! See here multiple personality disorder http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org] + manic depression http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org]

APK

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... apk

Re:$99 = €150? lol take that you euro-weenies (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 6 months ago | (#46672665)

$99 = €72

Re:$99 = €150? lol take that you euro-weenies (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | about 6 months ago | (#46672737)

Before VAT.

Re:$99 = €150? lol take that you euro-weenies (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46674273)

Exchange rates are a LIE!

Re:$99 = €150? lol take that you euro-weenies (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about 6 months ago | (#46675931)

Huh? Current exchange rate is roughly $1.40 = €1.00.

Re:$99 = €150? lol take that you euro-weenies (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46676343)

Where? Planet "fruitloop" (where you are)?? http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org]

Zontar = sockpuppeteer & lying libeling troll (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46755071)

"You barge into discussions with your off-topic hosts file nonsense" - by Zontar The Mindless (9002) on Friday April 11, 2014 @09:51PM (#46731153) FROM -> http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org]

You said my "APK Hosts File Engine" is a virus/malware http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org] but it's EASILY PROVABLE it's not, right there in that link too.

Now PROVE YOUR FALSE ACCUSATION above: Show me a quote OR POST of me posting off topic on hosts where they did NOT apply... go for it!

---

You avoided backing up your accusation where YOU said I say you are Barbara, not Barbie = TomHudson (same person http://tech.slashdot.org/comme... [slashdot.org] , & sockpuppeteer like you) -> http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org]

Funny you can't back up your "bluster" there either, lol...

---

Why, Lastly?

You're crackers! See here multiple personality disorder http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org] + manic depression http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org]

APK

P.S.=> So, THIS quote below is my policy on sockpuppeteers like you Zontar = TrollingForHostsFiles (your sockpuppetry):

"The only way to a achieve peace, is thru the ELIMINATION of those who would perpetuate war (sockpuppet masters like YOU, troll -> http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org] ). THIS IS MY PROGRAMMING -> http://start64.com/index.php?o... [start64.com] & soon, I will be UNSTOPPABLE..." - Ultron 6 FROM -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... [youtube.com]

Which quite obviously, I am, since none of you DOLTISH TROLLS are able to validly technically disprove my points on hosts enumerated in the link to my program above of how hosts give users of them more speed, security, reliability, & anonymity... period!

(Trolls like YOU that use sockpuppets http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org] (your sockpuppet "alterego" TrollingForHostsFiles) & TomHudson - Barbara, not Barbie too http://tech.slashdot.org/comme... [slashdot.org] before you)

... apk

I can't find it for $99 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46676111)

Seems that all the links lead to places selling it for $189 or $199.

If you find one that sells it for $99 please reply to this message.

Cheers,

P

Flashback to Yesterday (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672487)

This is Intel returning to its roots.

Who wants this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672499)

Yay something that's as powerful as a Pentium 3.

Seriously guys, I do see practical applications for this, (eg a NAS or a embedded system) but it's not going in a mobile device.

Re:Who wants this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672915)

Scarily enough, you are correct. The single core performance of that 4-core Atom chip is very close to a P3 @ 1200MHz.

Re:Who wants this? (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about 6 months ago | (#46674511)

I only stopped using a 1200MHz P3 a couple of years ago. It was nice because it was the newest machine I owned that you could get deterministic CPU timing results out of. Building LLVM on it was a pain (over an hour), but 4 of them would be quite reasonable. My NAS / media centre box is currently using an AMD E-350, which is a dual-core 1.6GHz part - I think this would probably be faster. If it has a well-supported GPU and a decent collection of SATA ports, I might be tempted...

Power consumption? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672537)

FTFA: "The final version ... will include a heatsink on the CPU."

That kinda answers the question. The reason I like the MIPS and ARM SOCs is because they draw so little power; I'm expecting the aarch64 ARM to do the same. I suspect that if it needs a heatsink that it draws way more power.

Re:Power consumption? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672553)

Answering my own question...

FTFA's FAQ, the CPU is said to draw only 5-6W.

But if that's true, why the heatsink? Nobody puts a heatsink on ARM CPUs that only draw 5W.

Re:Power consumption? (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about 6 months ago | (#46674501)

Yes they do. But hardly anyone makes ARM chips that draw 5W (nVidia is the only one that comes to mind). Most are 1-2W under load, with the slower ones closer to 250mW.

And how, exactly is this better.. (1)

MpVpRb (1423381) | about 6 months ago | (#46672635)

than a $39 Raspberry Pi?

Re:And how, exactly is this better.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672675)

Well, some of us don't like Rasberries let alone in a pie!

Re:And how, exactly is this better.. (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about 6 months ago | (#46672703)

Well, some of us don't like Rasberries let alone in a pie!

We Blueberry Tau, Now!

Re:And how, exactly is this better.. (2)

carbuck (1728596) | about 6 months ago | (#46672747)

Nobody said it was better. It " doesn’t compete directly with the Raspberry Pi – the Pi is more an educational tool and already has a robust ecosystem – it is a way for DIYers to mess around in x86 architected systems as well as save a bit of cash". Pi = 700 MHz ARM Minnowboard = 1.9 GHz x86-64 It's a really small x86 system for someone who needs a really small x86-64 system

Re:And how, exactly is this better.. (4, Interesting)

Lisias (447563) | about 6 months ago | (#46672763)

1GB RAM, SATA interface and a 1.5GHz x64 core.

You can easily setup a cheap server or media center with tools you already knows, using a 2 or perhaps 4TB Hard disk and put the thing *INSIDE* the HD case.

One size doesn't fits all!

(and that 2GB RAM with dual core sounds yet more interesting)

Re:And how, exactly is this better.. (2)

SeaFox (739806) | about 6 months ago | (#46672825)

It's probably a hell of a lot more powerful, and being an Intel x64 chip you have a larger variety of operating systems you can run on it.

Re:And how, exactly is this better.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46673681)

And how, exactly is this better ... than a $39 Raspberry Pi?

I was going to enumerate all the areas in which it's better than Raspberry Pi, but then I realized it was pointless since it's better than the RPi in every single area except price.

Just run through all the features of RPi, exclude price from the list, and there's your answer.

Re:And how, exactly is this better.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46676825)

The price is less good on the RPi, it obviously has less dollars than the Intel.

No Wireless? (2, Insightful)

nurb432 (527695) | about 6 months ago | (#46672677)

For the most part everyone needs BT and WiFi on their boards, so they really need to be included. Sure, you can buy an add-on card, but i would rather have it on the board out of the box...

It would add what, 10 bucks at the most? ... just do it already.. geeesh...

Re:No Wireless? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672799)

Not everyone actually needs WiFi or BT. This is meant as an embedded computer board.

In some cases, WiFi and BT are actually a risk, and they certainly don't need to devote power, board space, or $10 per unit to have them included.

Re:No Wireless? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46673717)

'...In some cases, WiFi and BT are actually a risk...' Exactly. I removed the antennae from my router because I didn't need them, and, while I don't think I'm quite THAT paranoid, I asked mysef, why take chances.

Re:No Wireless? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about 6 months ago | (#46675311)

I do, i dont care what you need or dont need.

Re:No Wireless? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about 6 months ago | (#46675321)

So you disable it.

Re:No Wireless? (3, Insightful)

chill (34294) | about 6 months ago | (#46673365)

Uh, no thanks.

I much prefer that wireles to be on a mini-PCIe card so I can upgrade it if necessary.

Damn near everything that comes with Wifi/BT ends up being single-band b/g/n and BT 2.0. For $35 I can get a dual-band, a/b/g/n/ac card w/BT 4.0.

Slapping it on the board greatly reduces options.

Re:No Wireless? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46673889)

Yea, I agree.

I build RC zeppelins, and I prefer to put Cellular wifi combo cards in my things so I can control them over UMTS for mad range and roaming.

Re:No Wireless? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46673641)

Don't make the mistake of assuming your use cases are everybody else's use cases. I just recommended one of these to a guy earlier today who is trying to build the lowest possible power mail server.

E3845 where? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46672927)

There is nothing to confirm that the quad core E3845 will be available for this. The website shows the E3815 & E3825 only. No mention of the E3845.

What it competes with . . . (1)

Kimomaru (2579489) | about 6 months ago | (#46673661)

I will be following this with great interest. The closest device that compete with this, I think, is the ARM-based cubieboard/cubietruck. I have a cubieboard 2 with Debian for development that runs Apache, MySQL, DNS, DHCP, and a Mumble server from a SATA laptop hardrive - costs about 80 dollars without the hard drive and runs on 5V. For the Linux enthusiast, this class of device is about as good as it gets.

Does this have real GPIO pins? (1)

JDG1980 (2438906) | about 6 months ago | (#46673949)

The Intel Galileo board has 8 GPIO pins, but these are not nearly as useful as on an Arduino or Raspberry Pi because they are actually multiplexed through I2C [intel.com] rather than connected directly to the processor, and thus are much slower to read or toggle than on other project boards. Is the same true of the MinnowBoard Max, or does it have real GPIO? This might not matter if you're going to use it as a router or NAS, but for embedded projects it can make a big difference.

A bigger x86 BeagleBone Black? (1)

BeaverCleaver (673164) | about 6 months ago | (#46674091)

The $50 BeagleBone Black has many of these features and more GPIO, but lacks RAM and has only one CPU. The ODROID series can be specced with multiple ARM cores. This "Minnow" seems like the next step up, for users who really need SATA, lots of RAM and multiple x86 cores. There's probably a big enough niche for portable/cheaper PC-based hardware for this to find traction, but for anything that doesn't need x86 or huge RAM there are cheaper options. I just hope the supply issues with the BeagleBone Black get sorted out soon!

Re:A bigger x86 BeagleBone Black? (1)

oddtodd (125924) | about 6 months ago | (#46680441)

I got a BBBlack from LogicSupply.com last week.

Re:A bigger x86 BeagleBone Black? (1)

BeaverCleaver (673164) | about 6 months ago | (#46722873)

I got one from Adafruit - they run out all the time but seem to get new stock frequently. I've basically given up on Element14 though - I ordered from them in November. First the ETA kept slipping back, now they don't even show an ETA. It's a sorry state of affairs when Adafruit can ship one to me in Australia, from New York, about ten times faster than the local supplier (and still counting!)

Better/Cheaper ARM Products out (1)

Dan Askme (2895283) | about 6 months ago | (#46674171)

Odroid U3 http://www.hardkernel.com/main... [hardkernel.com]

Intel seems to be stuck making these Atom range of CPU's for the last 4+ years.
They were a "fad" back then, and even now, they just dont cut it.

I suppose noone could of predicted ARM cpus would improve this quickly, but its time to move on Intel. Atom is a dead end in the current market.

Re:Better/Cheaper ARM Products out (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46676159)

Could HAVE, bonehead.

You don't say, "I of predicted" or "I of shitty grammar" do you?

Re:Better/Cheaper ARM Products out (1)

Dan Askme (2895283) | about 6 months ago | (#46681471)

Could HAVE, bonehead.

Typical American, fucks up the English language and assumes their always right.
Let me guess, you "saw" something instead of actually "seen" it?

You don't say, "I of predicted" or "I of shitty grammar" do you?

Noticed i used the word "could" after "I" and before "of"?
That is the big give away.

"I of shitty grammar". Using "could" does not work in this case.
Post as AC much while you should be in an English lesson?

Re:Better/Cheaper ARM Products out (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46681547)

Noticed i used the word "could" after "I" and before "of"?

Yup. And that's wrong.

Re:Better/Cheaper ARM Products out (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46681589)

Typical American

I thought you were.

fucks up the English language and assumes their always right.

My suspicion is confirmed.

Re:Better/Cheaper ARM Products out (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46710355)

"they are", not "their"

Or This ... (3, Informative)

kjhambrick (111698) | about 6 months ago | (#46674549)

Or for a ready-to-populate and run system at $129:

Intel Bay Trail NUC Kit DN2820FYKH:

http://www.legitreviews.com/intel-bay-trail-nuc-kit-dn2820fyk-arrives-just-128_134400 [legitreviews.com]

-- kjh

Re:Or This ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46677661)

Odd thing though, the E3845 processor in the Minnowboard is slightly faster than that dual-core Celeryman chip!

princing from distributor is 226$..... fake news (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46676061)

princing from distributor is 226$..... fake news

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