It has a 64-bit processor, supports up to 2GB of RAM and can output 4K video. It looks like the Pi could have a bit of competition.

It all started with A Kickstarter project which has now smashed its target.

PINE A64 is not only a computer, it is a super affordable 64-bit high performance expandable single board computer (SBC).  Whether you are an IT professional, electronics hobbyist, student, teacher, hacker, inventor, or just someone who wants to have more flexibility to increase their productivity at work, the PINE A64 is a computer board made for everyone.  Enjoy more fun and entertainment at home with endless possibilities.

PINE64 is Expandable

Add different hardware interfaces to your PINE A64 as you see fit. Depending on whether you pick the PINE A64 or PINE A64+, the PINE A64 ships defaults with two USB ports, HDMI output, 3.5mm Audio/Mic Output, ethernet port, and two I/O expansion buses. On the more advanced PINE A64+ model, you will receive three additional ports to add optional accessories such as: camera module, touch panel module, and the LCD Panel port.

PINE A64 is Versatile

Add a keyboard and mice and turn PINE A64 into a full Android 5.1 computer to run Chrome Browser, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, or even watch your favorite shows on YouTube.

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It is pretty easy to understand the appeal of the PINE64 board: It is fast and it is cheap. However, the most interesting aspect of the board is not its low cost, it is that this board can output 4K video through HDMI and supports H.264 and H.265 decoding. That makes this board one of the most impressive, inexpensive options for anyone looking to implement high resolution video in their project.

The capability for such high resolution output and processing comes from the two (yes, two) graphics processing cores on MALI GPU. Just like in laptops and desktops, single board computers use GPUs to optimize and handle the computations necessary for video playback, which ultimately lessens the load on the main processor to trivial levels. However, it is not typical for single board computers to have GPUs with multiple cores.

SPECS AT A GLANCE

  • 64-bit Quad-core 1.2Ghz ARM Cortex-A53 processor
  • MALI400 GPU with two processing cores
  • 4k video output through HDMI
  • 512MB of RAM (the 64+ version of the board offers 1GB)
  • On-board circuitry for battery charging
  • Built-in realtime clock
  • 2 USB ports
  • 10/100 ethernet (gigabit on the 64+)
  • MicroSD storage
  • Runs Linux or Android
  • 5″×3.125″
  • 46 dedicated General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) pins
  • UARTS, 2 I2C buses, 2 SPI buses, I2S audio, SPDIF out, IR receiver

So there is a project we expect to start seeing in peoples cabinets very soon for their arcade projects, have you done this already with this awesome pocket rocket, if so get in touch!

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