The Raspberry Pi sort of kicked off a revolution in low-power, barebones mini-computers. But the Raspberry Pi is a really low-power device with a 700 MHz ARM11 processor.
Over the past few years we’ve seen a number of other options with more powerful hardware. The Gizmo 2 is one of the latest… and it’s one of the few to sport an AMD processor with support for Windows Embedded, Linux, or other operating systems.
You can buy the Gizmo 2 from Element14 for $199.
This little computer is positioned as a device for developers looking to build platforms for digital signage, set-top-boxes, game systems, point-of-sales machines, thin clients, or other applications. You can probably use it to build a low-power home computer, but that’s not really what it’s designed for.
The Gizmo 2 comes from the same folks who brought us last year’s Gizmo Explorer Kit. The new model is about the same size, but has a more powerful processor, USB 3.0 support, and a few other improvements.
Specs include a 1 GHz AMD GX-210HA dual-core processor, AMD Radeon HD 8210E graphics, 1GB of RAM, HDMI output, a microSD card slot, mSATA connector, Gigabit Ethernet, 3 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 connectors, and additional USB headers as well as GPIO, SPI, UART, and other developer pins.