Yet another ...yet another "Pi killer"

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Re: Yet another ...yet another "Pi killer"

Post by RogerClark » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:38 pm

I've had my Pi Zero W for about a week now, and although I have not done anything serious with it... I have done the headless setup, - which was fairly painless and can ssh to it from my PC with no problems at all.
(I just needed to get its IP address from my Wifi router as it is set to DHCP)

I think if anything is going to be a Pi 3 killer, its more likely to be the Rpi Zero W, as for a lot of small projects, you won't need all the USB connections or the ethernet, and if you use a wireless keyboard and mouse, which just uses a single USB dongle, you just need a USB OTG mico USB to normal USB female

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Re: Yet another ...yet another "Pi killer"

Post by ag123 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:43 pm

'gut' feeling is we'd see more and more of these WIFI + BLE + SOC integrated boards coming out of the woods on the 'beefy' front (e.g. 512megs ram) and on the MCU front things like STM32 may increasingly ship SOC with 2.4ghz radio either BLE (my guess is more common) or/and WIFI

my thoughts are that for these 'big' boards the main thing is that there are a lot of 'non-C' programmers who are trying to do stuff with 'iot', e.g. driving gpios with python, lua etc. most likely not from the 'mcu' camp.

to site an example of these 'oversized' controllers that pretty much run arm application processors with lots of flash and ram rather than mcus, there is replicape http://www.thing-printer.com/product/replicape/
that on its own is just interfacing electronics and on top of that u'd need a separate Beaglebone Black

while a good fraction of the low cost 3d printers runs 'arduino style' 'RAMPS' board
http://reprap.org/wiki/Arduino_Mega_Pololu_Shield

for more complex applications such as 3d printers using those 'application processors' boards may have an advantage, it basically integrates the front end 'driver' system such as octoprint http://octoprint.org/ into the board, basically taking over the role of the computer that runs/controls the print and could do things such as floating point path calculations which is normally done on the pc http://www.thing-printer.com/redeem/

but it comes at much more cost compared to say 'RAMPS'

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Re: Yet another ...yet another "Pi killer"

Post by ahull » Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:33 pm

Another small form factor AllWinner board.

https://www.cnx-software.com/2017/08/29 ... -core-soc/
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Re: Yet another ...yet another "Pi killer"

Post by RogerClark » Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:46 am

Interesting...

I wonder what the real world price is for this, including postage etc, and also the availability.

I suspect the only usable version is the 512k , which is $12 ex carriage.

The RPi Zero W seems to be around £10 ex-carriage, so is only really a couple of dollars more, for something that will have much more support

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Re: Yet another ...yet another "Pi killer"

Post by martinayotte » Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:08 pm

Xunlong usually charge $3.95 for shipping ...

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