HummingBoard Is A Dual-Core, Upgradeable Rival To The Raspberry Pi

HummingBoard Is A Dual-Core, Upgradeable Rival To The Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is undoubtedly a flexible device for the hobbyist and even if you’re not really into fiddling about with a credit-card sized computer, you can’t help but admire its staggeringly high levels of raw nifty. If you’ve been holding out though for something more powerful with better features, you might want to check out SolidRun’s “HummingBoard”.

Yes, that’s HummingBoard. The video above steps through the majority of the device’s compelling features — powered USB, the option for dual-core and gigabit Ethernet to name a few — but you can find a complete run-down on SolidRun’s website.

The one that catches the eye though is the ability to upgrade both the processor and memory at a later date. Depending on how much the components cost though, you might just be better off purchasing a refresh, which will certainly include fixes, tweaks and new features along with beefier parts.

On the other hand, it might open the doors for third-parties to manufacture components and that’s definitely a plus.

The cheapest option will set you back $US44.99 — which excludes a power adaptor and microSD card — and is roughly the same price as a Model B Pi. If you want all the bells and whistles, you’ll need to fork out at least $US100. For shipping to Australia, add an extra $US20 for the economy option, or $US42 for postage via EMS.

HummingBoard – Powerful Linux Single Board Computer [SolidRun, via Engadget]


  • At the low end, it’s probably also worth considering the BeagleBone Black. For US$55, you get a 1Ghz Cortex-A8 (hardware floating point, so able to run Ubuntu), 512MB of RAM, 4GB of builtin storage (no need for an SD card) and 100Mbps Ethernet.

    The HummingBoard i2/i2eX are clearly more powerful, but they are also further from the Raspberry Pi price point.

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