Intel Atomic Pi SBC Launches for $34
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for a x5-Z8350, 2GB RAM, 16GB flash board called ATOMIC Pi. The IoT board Atomic Pi starts for just $34 plus shipping or $49 with a breakout shield on Kickstarter. The x86 price is on the low side, compared to Aaeon’s $99 UP board or the DFRobot’s $119 LattePanda SBC, which have the same Intel Atom x5-Z8350 “Cherry Trail” SoC. The Atomic Pi is not open source, and there are no community features available, offered by its other Cherry Trail rivals.
The datasheet and a quick start guide will be available on AtomicPi.org, which redirect us to the Digital Loggers website. The Atomic Pi has a bit of limited feature set. It is ridiculously cheap, considering the fact that it’s a quad-core, 1.91GHz Atom board.
It comes with a pre-installed Kubuntu distro based on Linux 4.15, and shipping is scheduled for the end of January. The board will come pre-loaded with Linux, but it also supports Windows 10 64-bit. The 130x100mm Atomic Pi has a 50mm height as a result of the heatsink. It also offers 2GB DDR3L, 16GB eMMC, and a microSD slot.
For communication, GbE, WiFi-ac, and Bluetooth 4.0 are available. An HD-only HDMI port with an audio output is available for display. The Atomic Pi offers USB 2.0 host and Micro-USB 3.0 OTG ports. The 5V board is equipped with a 9-axis IMU and a serial debug interface.
It also has a 26-pin GPIO and power connector, which extends through the optional breakout board that attaches to the bottom of the Atomic Pi. This enables screw terminals, a 12V header, and a prototyping area. If you live outside of the US, they won’t ship to you. The only option available is to go with a US forwarder. AAEON, the UP board maker, is one of their manufacturing partners as well as Qualtech Circuits, and PCWay.
The project is more than halfway toward its modest $3,500 funding goal, and we hope to see a good use of this cost-friendly board pretty soon.
Specifications listed for the Atomic Pi include:
- Processor — Intel Atom x5-Z8300 (4x Cherry Trail cores @ 1.8GHz); 2MB cache’ Intel HD 400 Graphics;
- Memory: 2GB DDR3L-1600RAM, 16GB eMMC (bootable with preloaded Linux), MicroSD slot for up to 256GB
- Wireless — 802.11ac dual-band WiFi (Ralink RT5572) with IPX connectors; Bluetooth 4.0 via a serial interface
- Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port (RTL8111G)
- Other I/O: HDMI port with HD resolution and audio out, Micro-USB 3.0 OTG port, USB 2.0 port, TTL serial debug up to 3.6Mbps, a 26-pin header for power and GPIO, Optional breakout shield with screw terminals, 2x serial, extended 26-pin GPIO, and prototyping area
- Other features — 9-axis inertial navigation sensor with compass
- Power — 5V input jack (requires 3A or 4A 5V supply); 4-15W consumption
- Dimensions — 130 x 100 x 50mm (with heatsink)
- Operating System — Pre-installed Kubuntu (Kernel 4.15.0-42-generic x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 7.3.0; console: Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS
More information may be found on Team IoT’s Atomic Pi Kickstarter page.