Intel ships cheap open source PC

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Intel ships cheap open source PC

Intel has launched its first "open-source" PC, the £130 ($A220) , Atom-powered MinnowBoard, produced in partnership with CircuitCo.

The MinnowBoard features a motherboard fitted with a 1GHz Atom E640 processor with integrated graphics. It comes with 1GB of RAM and 4MB flash memory, and supports HDMI, USB, microSD for more storage and Ethernet. It runs the Angstrom Linux distribution.

There's also the option to add expansion boards - dubbed "lures" - to boost connectivity options or input/output.

The PC has drawn comparisons with the Raspberry Pi, though that's cheaper at around £30.

Intel's embedded Linux engineer, Scott Garman, said the PC was ideal for hobbyists, students and pros making embedded apps. He added the hefty memory would allow developers to make "memory-intensive" apps involving databases, high-level programming languages and more.


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