MaaXBoard Mini: Raspberry Pi alternative with extensive software support and DDR4 RAM is now available
With the MaaXBoard Mini, Embest has taken the form factor of a Raspberry Pi and equipped it with a 14 nm NXP i.MX 8M Mini quad-core processor. The NXP i.MX 8M integrates four ARM Cortex-A53 cores that can clock up to 1.8 GHz, an ARM Cortex-M4F real-time core, a Vivante GCNanoUltra 3D GPU and GC320 2D graphics.
It is worth noting that the MaaXBoard Mini does not have an HDMI output, so MIPI DSI is the only option for outputting video from the board. Embest has also included 2 GB of DDR4 RAM, an eMMC socket for up to a 64 GB drive and a microSD card reader. There are also four USB 2.0 Type-A ports and a single USB Type-C port that only delivers a 5V power input. Embest has included a 40-pin header too, that is compatible with the Raspberry Pi ecosystem.
Additionally, the 85 x 56 mm board features several buttons and LEDs, along with a Gigabit Ethernet connection, Wi-Fi 5 connectivity and Bluetooth 4.2 support. A MIPI-CSI interface is available for connecting a camera, also.
The Embest MaaXBoard Mini retails for US$72.50 and is compatible OSes, such as Linux distributions like Android, Debian and Yocto. The board can boot Windows 10 IoT Core for added versatility.