I finely took the leap of faith. Really, isn’t backing a Kickstarter project what a person is doing; hoping the project delivers and the money they just shelled out is not gone with the wind.
The Pine A64 is billed as “the world’s first 64-bit expandable Quad Core 1.2Ghz supercomputer, tablet, media center, and more… starting at just $15.”
Click here for the details on the Pine A64 and back it on Kickstarter.
I backed them at the $36 level. This will get me a Pine A64+ with the memory upgrade to 2GB SDRAM. On top of the expanded memory, I will get gigabit ethernet, 3.5mm aufio/mic jack, 4k HDMI, 2 USB ports. It also includes headers for a touch panel, camera, and LCD port. It seems the Pine 64 will be much more powerful than the latest RaspberryPi.
This tiny single board computer will accept up to a 256GB micro SD. The micro SD will hold the OS making the board capable of switching between operating systems just by swapping out the SD card and rebooting.
The Pine 64 team have been hard at work getting Android and Linux running. My initial plans is to eventually run Linux and try to use this board to run the CNC router I am planning to build. They have also been hard at work getting others involved to develop cases a person can 3D print themselves.
The Pine 64 project was so popular I wasn’t able to back at any of the levels for early delivery. As a result,I will be getting mine sometime around March 2016. My plans are to document my experiences with the Pine A64+ from unboxing to using it as the brains of my MPCNC.