Edited by tkaiser at Wed Jun 24, 2015 09:03 |
Now that they released some informations a first attempt to see where we are now confuses me:
- Guitar: SoM with S500 SoC, quad core Cortex-A9R4 CPU, 1GB/2GB DDR3 and 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB eMMC, no SATA, just 100 Mbits/sec Ethernet, "40 Pin Header, 28×GPIO, some of which can be used for specific functions including UART, I2C, SPI, PWM, I2S, ADC, FM-IN"
- Bass: SBC with S900 SoC, quad core Cortex-A53 with up to 1.4 GHz CPU with PowerVR G6230, 1GB DRAM, 8GB eMMC, no SATA, no Ethernet, "40 Pin Header, 32×GPIO, some of which can be used for specific functions including UART, I2C, SPI, PWM, PCM"
- Piano: single/dual/quad core i.MX6, 1GB/2GB DRAM, 8GB eMMC, SATA (where?), Gbit Ethernet (limited to 470 Mbits/sec as usual with i.MX6), PCIe 2.0 x1, "Raspberry Pi Model B+ Port interface"
The strength of BPi/Pro were both SATA and Gbit Ethernet and some compatibility to RPi due ported WiringPi lib and so on. Since all the new boards also feature a 40 pin header I thought "great, LeMaker will assure RPi GPIO compatibility on all these new boards as well". But since the "Bass" is just a board following the 96boards specs (they require a "Low profile 40 way female header for maker/community use" using 1.8V) that's not the case.
3 very different devices that need an enormous amount of work to be done (applies to the SBCs based an Actions Semi SoCs -- i.MX6 is well supported and matches Banana's feature set the most... for 3-4 times more bucks if not even more).