Popcorn Computers – The Fastest 100% Open Source Hardware Computers

Popcorn Computers – The Fastest 100% Open Source Hardware Computers


The world’s fastest 100% open-source hardware single-board computer. 

Popcorn Computer is a next generation single-board computer brand. They would like to present the result of two years of effort by Source Parts, two brand-new and unique open hardware computers: Original Popcorn and Super Popcorn.

Super Popcorn

It comes in two flavors, one with 4 CPUs, Super Popcorn, and another with 8 CPUs which we call ‘Super 8′ Popcorn.

Detailed Specifications:

Super Popcorn and Super ‘8’ Popcorn share many of the same specifications.

They only differ in the main processor.

Amlogic S905D (Super Popcorn) 

  • 1.5GHz Quad-Core Cortex-A53 CPU
  • Mali 450 MP3 Graphics Processor Unit

Amlogic S912 (Super ‘8’ Popcorn)

  • 1.5GHz + 1.0GHz Octa-Core Cortext-A53 CPU
  • Mali T820 MP3 Graphics Processor Unit

Other Features:

  • 1GB DDR4
  • 32GB eMMC Memory Storage
  • 2x USB (1xUSB-A Host and 1x USB 2.0 OTG Type-C)
  • WiFi b/g/n with Bluetooth 4.2
  • Up to 62 GPIO
  • HDMI 2.0b Video Output
  • Digital Video Port (DVP) Camera Input
  • Battery Charging and Power
  • Supports RGB LCD, 1-Wire, UART, I2C, SPI, PWM Output and ADC
  • Digital Audio Output and Input
  • Analog Stereo Audio

The Original Popcorn Computer

In addition to Super Popcorn, we created a C.H.I.P derivative named Original Popcorn Computer. Original Popcorn is pin-to-pin compatible and 100% software compatible with C.H.I.P.  With USB-C Technology, you will have all the power to do what you want to do while keeping the lights on. It has built-in eMMC memory that is reliable, fast and tested to work which means you don’t have to go searching for the right SD card.  It has a built-in USB Serial adapter so you can quickly debug without having to grab the right adapter and connect wires.  If you already own a PocketC.H.I.P, you can give it an upgrade with Original Popcorn.

Detailed Specifications:

  • Allwinner R8/A13 1GHz CPU
  • 512MB DDR3 RAM
  • 32GB eMMC Memory Storage
  • 2x USB-C Connectors (1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB OTG)
  • WiFi b/g/n with Bluetooth 4.0
  • Up to 45 GPIO
  • Composite Video Output
  • Battery Charging and Power
  • Built-in USB Serial Adapter
  • Analog Audio over USB-C Connector
  • Supports RGB LCD, 1-Wire, UART, I2C, SPI and PWM Output


Original Popcorn also has a companion board. Meet Stovetop!  It takes its namesake from the idea that you can cook  your Popcorn ideas on the Stovetop.  It provides HDMI Video output with Audio, 100Mbit Ethernet, USB-C Power Input and a USB-C Serial Debug connector. It is essential for anyone who is more familiar developing with a graphical environment compared to a command-line based environment.

Further information

The $49 Original Popcorn, $69 Super Popcorn, $89 Super 8 Popcorn, and $39 Stovetop add-on for the Original are available on Kickstarter through June 27, with shipments expected in November. More information may be found on Source Parts’ Popcorn Kickstarter page.

Mike is the founder and editor of Electronics-Lab.com, an electronics engineering community/news and project sharing platform. He studied Electronics and Physics and enjoys everything that has moving electrons and fun. His interests lying on solar cells, microcontrollers and switchmode power supplies. Feel free to reach him for feedback, random tips or just to say hello :-)

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