Single-board computers are getting so cheap that you can pick up a CHIP or Raspberry Pi Zero for under $10. But you’ll have to pay a little more if you want a model that can run Windows. That doesn’t mean you’ll have to pay

For example, Newegg sells the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop for $99. Want something a little more hacker-friendly? The LattePanda is a new single-board PC with an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor, Windows 10 software, and support for up to 4GB of RAM. It also has an Arduino-compatible co-processor and GPIO pins.

The team behind the project are launching a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising money to deliver the first Lattepanda units in a few months.

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The first 100 people to request a LattePanda can snag one for a pledge of $69. After that the price for an entry-level model goes up to $79.

For that price you get a 3.5″ x 2.8″ computer board with an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and Windows 10 32-bit software pre-loaded.

A pledge of $129 or more gets you a LattePanda Enhanced edition, which has the same processor and basic design. But the Enhanced version comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and Windows 10 64-bit.

Both models have HDMI ports, a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, microSD card slot, audio jack, and Ethernet port. There’s a micro USB port for power.

The LattePanda has an Atmega32u4 co-processor for Arduino features, serial ports, and a touch screen connector.

The team is also offering a Starter Kit pack that includes a a 7 inch display, HDMI cable, and micro USB cable when you make a pledge of $99 (for the basic model) or $149 (for the enhanced model).

If all you want is a fully functional Windows PC that doesn’t cost a lot of money, you might be better off with something like a Kangaroo. But if you’d rather have serial connectors, GPIO pins, and Arduino support than a case, the LattePanda looks like an interesting option.

Note that while this board is more hackable than most single-board, Windows-compatible computers, there are limitations: the RAM and eMMC storage are soldered to the motherboard. While you can add additional storage with a USB device or microSD card, there’s no way to upgrade the RAM.

The developers plan to begin shipping the first units to backers of the campaign in February.

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8 replies on “LattePanda is an Arduino-friendly $79 Windows 10 mini PC (crowdfunding)”

  1. This is better than Adruino, in terms of features, performance and even price-wise!

  2. The Latte team… Heh!
    I’m in for the 64 bit, 4/64GB version when this launches. I’m debating on the 7 inch display for $20 more.

    I wonder how the PC and Arduino processors are connected? Is it a typical USB type connection?

    1. Most likely yes. I wonder why did they decide against using Arduino-compatible headers. All the shields could have been used immediately.

    1. Imagine if they knocked $25 off the price. For a measely (compared to Super Bowl ad prices) $250,000 Microsoft could offer 10,000 units of these for around $50. Or, knock off $50 and sell 5,000 of them for $25.

      Imagine that. For $25, you could decide between a big meal or a fully functional Windows 10 desktop computer.

      1. Only Microsoft is pretty happy with it’s desktop share. It needs Windows smartphones and tablets. The hackerspace is much too small to make a grab for and is already full with all the Arduinos, Raspberries and Propellers with decades old open-source communities around them. That would be hard to build around a closed source alternative that is pretty expensive when compared to a $5 Arduino or $50 RasPi (or $5 RasPi, if you will). Also most hackers will say this device is a bit over-the-top in raw power for most projects. This could be ideal for some hand-held game-emulator projects or home-theater fun, but already too power-hungry to put on a drone or something. They could just release it cheaper sans OS, and a set of Linux drivers (if needed) thou, and everyone can install whatever on it.

        1. but they aren’t offering a clean version…which of course is what many of us want, right?

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