Hackboard 2: A single-board computer that supports Windows 10 and is compatible with the Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi ecosystem may be the go-to for single-board computers, but there are many other options out there. One such option is the Hackboard 2, which has launched on crowdfunding website Crowd Supply. According to the Hackboard website, the company wanted to deliver 'a small, low-cost, Windows-powered and Intel-based computer for children, parents, and educators who wouldn't normally be able to afford one'.
Accordingly, the Hackboard relies on an Intel Celeron N4020 dual-core processor that can boost up to 2.8 GHz. Additionally, the device has 4 GB of DDR4 RAM, 64 GB of eMMC flash storage and two M.2 slots with NVMe connectivity for adding more storage. The Hackboard 2 also has an HDMI 2.1 port, along with a 30-pin eDP interface for connecting an external screen, a 6-pin touchscreen interface, a 3.5 mm combined headphone and microphone jack and a 5-pin stereo connector.
Moreover, there are three USB 3.0 Type-A ports available, and a 40-pin GPIO header that makes the Hackboard 2 compatible with the Raspberry Pi ecosystem. The connectivity does not stop there, either. The Hackboard 2 includes 4G, 5G, Bluetooth, Ethernet and Wi-Fi. 4G and 5G connectivity is achievable through NVMe modules, which must be ordered in addition to the board itself.
The Hackboard 2 can now be ordered on CrowdSupply from US$99 for the Ubuntu version. The Windows 10 edition costs US$140, but there are other options from which to choose. Hackboard hopes to begin delivering the Hackboard 2 from April 30, 2021.