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Yet another kickstarters for an ARM based SBC . . . but this one looks very interesting with options up to 2GB RAM + GbE for $29USD. It's based on an A53(I'm supposing Allwinner ). 1.2Ghz quad core with dual core 500Mhz MALI 400. *This* would probably be a very good board for Android based applications.

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pine64/pine-a64-first-15-64-bit-single-board-super-comput

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I've been looking for a Linux SBC to disrupt the home-grown storage cluster niche. Sadly this isn't it because no SATA or SAS and only USB 2.0. But the specs are otherwise great, GigE and 64-bit quad core would make a nice storage node for e.g. an OpenStack Swift cloud storage cluster. I think there is one SBC with GigE and SATA (Allwinner A20) but in newer chipsets they ditched the SATA interface. Such a shame!

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I was excited about the Pine, but then I found this:  http://forum.armbian.com/index.php/topic/491-need-help-on-pine-a64-15-64bit-quad-core-12ghz-single-board-computer/

It looks like a pretty good board, esp. as a headless server, but I want Linux support. There has been noise on other sites about the Allwinner A64, but I decided to wait until a quality Linux is available for it.

 

The Android based Remix PC uses the A64, Jive is getting press and looks interesting:  http://www.jide.com/en/mini

 

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Hasn't there been a handful of "high performance, cheaper than pi" SBC's? I don't like to get on the hype train, because it appears like almost none of them have stuck.

 

If you actually require higher performance you usually have to pay a higher premium somewhere.

 

Don't get me wrong, I'd love it to be true, but usually after the kickstarter these companies haven't got a solid plan in place for lining up distributors etc. and there's only ever one production run for the kickstarter.

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I don't post links to just random SBC's though. The Pine A64 first of all intro price is $15, it's also an x64 ARM based SBC, and as you can see there is a huge following. With that said . . . it's a kickstarter, no tellign where it'll go from there. I do not remember a single kickstarter that stuck around once they got "theirs". Whether they tool care of their fulfillment, or not.

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I've been looking for a Linux SBC to disrupt the home-grown storage cluster niche. Sadly this isn't it because no SATA or SAS and only USB 2.0. But the specs are otherwise great, GigE and 64-bit quad core would make a nice storage node for e.g. an OpenStack Swift cloud storage cluster. I think there is one SBC with GigE and SATA (Allwinner A20) but in newer chipsets they ditched the SATA interface. Such a shame!

@@spirilis this is possibly what you want: https://www.olimex.com/Products/OLinuXino/A20/A20-OLinuXIno-LIME2/open-source-hardware

 

Robert Nelson also builds images for this board too. He says they're great, but also since Allwinner is fabless, once they're done with these processors . . .good luck finding another.

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@@spirilis this is possibly what you want: https://www.olimex.com/Products/OLinuXino/A20/A20-OLinuXIno-LIME2/open-source-hardware

 

Robert Nelson also builds images for this board too. He says they're great, but also since Allwinner is fabless, once they're done with these processors . . .good luck finding another.

The A20 seems to be the only chip matching my idea. Banana Pi is another A20 board. Just wish the newer Cortex-A53 ones had SATA or SAS.

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The A20 seems to be the only chip matching my idea. Banana Pi is another A20 board. Just wish the newer Cortex-A53 ones had SATA or SAS.

Well, you can pretty much forget about SAS, unless someone designs a specific case board. So maybe that'll be your "job" ? You work as a systems admin right ? I can see how a low powered board with GbE( perhaps dual for fail over, or channel bonding ), and SAS could make a decent amount of money. If it were reliable enough.

 

To be sure though there are other boards that do match your idea, like the nVidia Jetson K1, or the beagleboard X15. But cost of both these is fairly high at ~$200. However, the X15 has on board PCIe too, so one could probably easily design, or otherwise integrate an existing SATA SAS addon board.

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