This week the Raspberry Pi Foundation launched the Compute Module 3, a tiny computer-on-a-module that looks like a stick of laptop memory. The $30 Compute Module 3 has a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor and 1GB of RAM and it’s aimed at developers looking for a small, cheap, low-power computer to power their hardware projects.
Want a similar PC-on-a-module with twice as much memory? Then there’s the SOPINE A64, which is coming in February for $29 and up.
This module comes from PINE64, the same company working on an upcoming ARM-based laptop called the Pinebook.
The SOPINE64 features an Allwinner A64-ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor with Mali-400MP2 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and a microSD card slot for storage.
PINE64 also offers an optional baseboard with USB, HDMI, and other connectors. You can buy the baseboard for $15 or buy a Baseboard + SOPINE A64 bundle for $35.
The SOPINE A64 on its own is priced at $29, which is a buck less than the price for a Compute Module 3, but there are a few key differences. While the two products have similar processors, the SOPINE64 uses an Allwinner chip rather than a Broadcomm CPU and PINE64’s model has 2GB of RAM rather than 1GB. But it also lacks any built-in storage, which makes it more like the $25 Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Lite.
Another key difference: there’s a large developer community working on Raspberry Pi-compatible software. While the SOPINE64 is said to support Android and Ubuntu, you’ll probably find that the Raspberry Pi model is better supported.
via CNX Software