39 low-cost boards for embedded Linux application development starting with Raspberry Pi. Want the list?

Thanks to Google+, I just found this very interesting list of 39 low-cost development boards supporting embedded Linux development. Most of these boards cost less than US $200 and many of them cost less than US $100. The list was published on CNX Software’s Web site, which supplies more details on each board such as the price.

Here’s the product list, including the processors used on the boards:

  • Raspberry Pi Model B – Broadcom BCM2835 (ARM11)
  • Rikomagic MK802 – Allwiner A10 (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • Mele A1000 – AllWinner A10 (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • Rhombus-Tech A10 EOMA-68 – AllWinner A10 (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • Gooseberry board – AllWinner A10 (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • A13-OLinuXino – AllWinner A13 (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • VIA APC – Wondermedia WM8650 (ARM11)
  • VIA ARTiGO A1200 – VIA Eden X2 (x86)
  • VIA ARTiGO A1150 – VIA Eden X2 (x86)
  • BeagleBoard Rev. C4 – TI OMAP3530 (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • BeagleBoard-xM – TI DM3730 (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • BeagleBone – TI Sitara AM3359 (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • PandaBoard – TI OMAP4430 (ARM Cortex-A9)
  • PandaBoard ES – TI OMAP4460 (ARM Cortex-A9)
  • Cotton Candy – Samsung Exynos 4210 (ARM Cortex-A9)
  • CuBox – Marvell Armada 510 (ARMv7 architecture)
  • Hawkboard – TI OMAP-L138 (ARM9)
  • ISEE IGEP v2 – TI DM3730 (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • ISEE IGEP COM Proton – TI DM3730 (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • ISEE IGEP COM Module – TI DM3730 (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • Gumstix Overo series – TI Sitara and OMAP processors (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • Origen Board – Samsung Exynos 4210 (ARM Cortex-A9)
  • Ionics Plug Nimbus – Marvel Kirkwood 6281 (ARM9)
  • Ionics Plug Stratus – Marvel Kirkwood 6281 (ARM9)
  • SheevaPlug dev kit (Basic) – Marvel Kirkwood 6281 (ARM9)
  • GuruPlug Standard – Marvel Kirkwood 6281 (ARM9)
  • GuruPlug Display – Marvell ARMADA 168 (ARMv7 architecture)
  • DreamPlug – Marvel Kirkwood 6281 (ARM9)
  • D2Plug – Marvell PXA510 (ARMv7 architecture)
  • Trim-Slice series – NVIDIA Tegra 2 (ARM Cortex-A9)
  • Snowball – ST-Ericsson Nova A9500 (ARM Cortex-A9)
  • i.MX53 Quick Start Board – Freescale i.MX53 (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • Pineriver H24/MiniX – AllWinner A10 (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • Smallart UHOST – AllWinner A10 (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • Genesi Efika MX Smarttop – Freescale i.MX515 (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • Embest DevKit8600 – TI Sitara AM3359 (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • Embest SBC8018 – TI Sitara AM1808 (ARM9)
  • Embest SBC8530 – TI DM3730 (ARM Cortex-A8)
  • Embest DevKit8500D – TI DM3730 (ARM Cortex-A8)

I think there’s probably some significance to the overwhelming presence of ARM processor cores in these boards. There are only two x86-based boards on this list, although there are undoubtedly more such boards that could be included.

The reason for pointing these boards out is because they are the symptom of a trend. These and similar boards are educating a growing force of embedded programmers who will understand Linux much better than any other embedded OS. To me, the existence of these boards marks a real transition in the development of embedded applications at all but the lowest levels where there’s perhaps no OS at all.

If you know of other boards that belong on the list, please feel free to leave a comment.


About sleibson2

EDA360 Evangelist and Marketing Director at Cadence Design Systems (blog at https://eda360insider.wordpress.com/)
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2 Responses to 39 low-cost boards for embedded Linux application development starting with Raspberry Pi. Want the list?

  1. Phil says:

    Toradex Colibri should be included here, it’s a fabulous device for Linux / OpenGL ES development and deployment,

  2. I have created another list of low cost ARM boards. It’s in tabular form making it easy to compare the boards. It can be found here: http://socialcompare.com/en/comparison/low-cost-arm-boards
    or through my blog: http://blog.avishorp.me/2012/09/cheap-arm-boards-compared.html

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