BeagleV – The first affordable RISC V Computer

A brief introduction to RISC V RISC-V is a very new architecture being introduced in 2010 by the University of California Berkeley. Although RISCV CPU’s aren’t overly powerful (yet!) they are very power efficient and they are very open in terms of licencing. Anyone can design, manufacture and sell RISC-V CPU’s without any licencing costs.…… Continue reading BeagleV – The first affordable RISC V Computer

Over:Board – Raspberry Pi CM4 ITX Motherboard

The Over:Board is an IO board for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. It is designed to use a standard PC ATX power connector and features a full size PCI-E 16x slot although its only running at 1x bandwidth and unfortunately it is not compatible with a GPU. The Over:Board It breaks out the following…… Continue reading Over:Board – Raspberry Pi CM4 ITX Motherboard

Nano Pi Neo2 NAS enclosure – a small Linux home Server/NAS

Introduction Whilst the FriendlyArm Nano Pi Neo2 isn’t the latest or greatest SBC on the market it has a huge benefit in that a aluminium 2.5″ NAS enclosure exists for it. The NAS board connects over the boards GPIO ports exposing a SATA backplane over a JMicron JM20329 USB to SATA bridge. Paired with the…… Continue reading Nano Pi Neo2 NAS enclosure – a small Linux home Server/NAS

The GL-MT300N A $20 hackable Linux Router

Introduction The Gl.iNET GL-MT300N is a $21/£19 travel router designed for WIFI on the go. The device runs a custom version of OpenWRT that is easily replaced with a standard release of OpenWRT making this device an ultra cheap hackable Dual NIC router/SBC. Specs The Gl-MT300N is powered by a MediaTek MT7628AN SoC featuring a…… Continue reading The GL-MT300N A $20 hackable Linux Router

9 Raspberry Pi alternatives in 2021: Hackboard, Zimaboard, RockPi, ODROID and more

Need a SBC for a project? Checkout my recommendations for Raspberry Pi Alternatives in 2021 below. HackBoard 2A very small but powerful x86 SBCBuy Now at Crowd Supply!More InfoZimaBoardSmall but Mighty, dual NIC x86 SBC Designed specifically to be used as a home server.More at ZimaboardMore InfoRock Pi4A powerful Hex Core ARM based SBC sharing…… Continue reading 9 Raspberry Pi alternatives in 2021: Hackboard, Zimaboard, RockPi, ODROID and more

IcepeakITX ELBRUS-8CB ITX MotherBoard

ELBRUS MCST History Before we look at the IcepeakITX ELBRUS-8CB motherboard lets first look at the history of Elbrus. Elbrus CPU’s have been around for a very long time although unless you’re from Russia you’ve likely never heard of them. They were first released in the early 1970’s and used in the Soviet space program,…… Continue reading IcepeakITX ELBRUS-8CB ITX MotherBoard

ZimaBoard – A $70 Single Board Home Server

If anyone would like to ask ZimaBoard any questions directly please post them in the comment section below and I will ask them to reply. Running a home server on a SBC isn’t anything new, I’ve personally been doing it since the release of the Raspberry Pi Model B in 2012. However no SBC has…… Continue reading ZimaBoard – A $70 Single Board Home Server