We have seen a series of Linux-based SBCs the last few months, like the next-gen BeagleBone AI, maker boards from Google and Nvidia, to mention just a few. The SBC market is booming right now, infact a recent Global Market Insights report projects that the SBC market will grow from $600 million in 2018 to $1 billion by 2025. The new trend of IoT and AI-enabled edge computing, gives rise to new boards being rolled off. Let’s see the top 10 boards to look forward for 2019.
This is the latest of Aaeon’s line of community-backed SBCs which taps Intel’s 8th Gen Whiskey Lake-U CPUs, and maintains 15W TDP with performance boosted up to quad-core, dual threaded configurations.
The SBC enables up to 16GB DDR4, 128GB eMMC and offers 4K displays via HDMI, DisplayPort, and eDP. It also features SATA, 2x GbE, 4x USB 3.0, and 40-pin “HAT” and 100-pin GPIO add-on board connectors. Mini-PCIe and dual M.2 slots are available. The dual M 2 slots supports wireless modems and more SATA options, they also support Aaeon’s new AI Core X modules, that offers Intel’s latest Movidius Myriad X VPUs for 1TOPS neural processing acceleration.
Nvidia has announced a low-end Jetson Nano compute module which is a smaller (70 x 45mm) version of the old Jetson TX1. It enables 4x Cortex-A57 cores and has a lower-end 128-core Maxwell GPU. The module offers 2GB and 8GB of RAM and flash. It supports 4K video and the GPU offers similar CUDA-X deep learning. It costs $99, supported by a forum and other community resources. It has 40-pin GPIO, an M.2 slot, GbE with Power-over-Ethernet, HDMI 2.0 and eDP links, and 4x USB 3.0 ports.