Intel’s Sharks Cove is a single-board computer aimed at Windows and Android developers. It has an Intel Atom Z3735G processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, HDMI output, and a range of input and output options including USB, GPIO, UART, and other pins.
Essentially it’s like a Raspberry Pi or Arduino for folks that want to develop and test software with Intel’s chips rather than ARM-based processors.
It’s also more than 8 times the price of Raspberry Pi. Sharks Cove boards are now available for pre-order for $299.
Intel and Microsoft unveiled the Sharks Cove platform in April, but didn’t reveal the price tag at the time.
$299 isn’t actually a bad price for a developer-centric piece of hardware that will probably be produced in limited quantities. But at a time when you can buy a fully functional Windows tablet for $199 or an ARM-based developer board at a small fraction of the price, the Sharks Cove board does start to seem a bit expensive. The price is probably a sign that Intel doesn’t expect its product to appeal to amateurs and hobbyists the way that the Raspberry Pi and some other single board computers have.