Hackboard, a Texas-based startup has launched a campaign on Crowdsupply for Hackboard 2, which is a new single-board computer (SBC) designed from the ground up to be one of the most powerful and affordable Windows-capable, Intel-based computers ever. The SBC features optional 4G or 5G connectivity, and it is ideal for students, teachers, families, makers, and hobbyists alike. Unlike the Raspberry Pi, Hackboard 2 is based on a powerful Intel processor capable of running Windows, and unlike other Intel-based SBCs, Hackboard 2 is incredibly affordable. The Hackboard 2 features a dual-core 1.1GHz/2.8GHz Celeron N4020, with a 6W TDP from the second wave of Gemini Lake RefreshSoCs. The SBC also ships with 4GB DDR4 and 64GB eMMC and provides M.2 B- and B/M-key slots. For low-power expansion, the SBC features a 40-pin GPIO header which is compatible with Raspberry Pi HATs. Python is pre-installed for hacking the GPIO. The board also features a GbE port, 802.11ac with Bluetooth 5.1, and 3x USB 3.0 ports.
Hackboard 2 is a reliable, high-performance platform that is well suited to a large and diverse set of possible projects. Application of the Hackboard 2 includes:
- Entertainment systems like media servers, game consoles, and digital audio hubs
- Home automation controllers and smart-home peripherals like IoT appliances and security systems
- Sensor gateways such as industrial monitors and controls
The standard version of Hackboard 2 features preinstalled Windows 10 Pro, a full-featured version of Windows that retails for more than the price of Hackboard 2 itself, and also comes preinstalled with the powerful Python programming language for accessing Hackboard 2’s GPIO.
There is a limited edition version of Hackboard 2, which is preinstalled with Ubuntu Linux and it will be available only during the Crowd Supply campaign. The hardware is identical, but it features Linux instead of Windows. The Hackboard 2 Starter Kit features everything you need to hook up Hackboard 2 to your own monitor or TV and be productive right away. It includes a Hackboard 2 with Windows 10 Pro, a 12 VDC / 3 A international power supply, a heatsink, two board-mountable antennas, a protective ABS plastic case, a 1080p USB 2 video camera, and a wireless keyboard with integrated trackpad, all slim and lightweight enough to take on the go. Optional 4G and 5G cellular modems are available separately.