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 been designed specifically for this purpose. That is until now! The ZimaBoard is a SBC designed to be used for server applications and is available in two different configurations:
|Spec||ZimaBoard 216||ZimaBoard 832|
|CPU||Intel Celeron N3350||Intel Celeron N3450|
|RAM||2GB LPDDR4||8G LPDDR4|
|Onboard Storage||16GB eMMC||32GB eMMC|
|HDD/SSD||2x SATA 6.0 Ports||2x SATA 6.0 Ports|
|LAN||2x GbE Ports||2x GbE Ports|
|USB||2x USB 3.0 Ports||2x USB 3.0 Ports|
|PCI-E||1x PCIe 2.0 4x||1x PCIe 2.0 4x|
|Display||1x Mini Display Port 1.2||1x Mini Display Port 1.2|
|Dimensions||120 x 74.5 x 25 mm||120 x 74.5 x 25 mm|
The ZimaBoard is small, fanless and very low powered with its 6w Apollo lake CPU making it perfect as a lightweight home server.
Both models should be able to run any x86 compatible OS and will be shipped with a Linux distro out of the box. As the apollo lake CPU features AES-NI and the board features 2x Gb NIC’s it will make a great software router running the likes of pfsense and as the board supports 2x SATA 6 ports it will also make a good NAS although the lack of ECC memory could cause issues with ZFS backed NAS distributions such as FreeNas.
Both models will soon be available to back on kickstarter priced at $69.90 and $129.90 respectively.
ZimaBoard appears to be a trading name of Icewhale Technology Limited – The same company that brought us the Latte Panda.
You can join the waiting list Here.
I am in constant contact with ZimaBoard and wish them luck in the kickstarter campaign! All going well I should have a ZimaBoard in for review early next year!
The ZimaBoard goes live on Kickstarter tomorrow: