updated 10:17 am EDT, Wed July 2, 2014
HummingBoard seeks to compete with Raspberry Pi with higher specifications
CuBox producer SolidRun is following in the Raspberry Pi footsteps, by releasing a small credit card-sized ARM-based computer. The HummingBoard is similar in construction to its competitor, sharing the majority of connections and features of the Raspberry Pi, but boasts performance increases and improved functionality, along with a choice of three models varying in processor power.
The base $45 HummingBoard-i1 uses a single-core 1GHz Freescale I.MX6 Cortex-A9 processor using ARMv7 instructions, with 512MB of RAM, HDMI and SPDIF outputs, 10/100 Ethernet, two powered USB 2.0 ports, and a microSD card for storage. Just as with the Raspberry Pi, it offer GPIO connections for use with engineering projects, and is sized with components placed in the same locations, allowing it to work with existing Raspberry Pi cases and accessories. The HummingBoard-i2, priced at $75, is generally similar, except it increases the core count to two and doubles the RAM to 1GB.
A third $100 model, the HummingBoard-i2eX, adds more functionality on top of the processor boost. Two more USB 2.0 ports are included, as well as a better-quality GPU, gigabit Ethernet, a back-up battery for the realtime clock, stereo audio output, and a microphone input.