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The Libre Computer Solitude is a Raspberry Pi lookalike that’s powered by an Amlogic S905XD3 quad-core ARM Cortex-A55 processor with Mali-G31 MP2 graphics and a 1.2 TOPS AI accelerator.

It’s available for purchase from LoverPi, which is selling a model with 4GB of LPDDR4 memory for $45. There’s also a slightly cheaper 2GB model, but it’s currently out of stock.

Not only does the Libre Computer Solitude look like a Raspberry Pi Model 3 B+, but it has a Raspberry Pi-compatible 40-pin GPIO header, which means it should work with most cases or add-ons designed for that computer.

But unlike most Raspberry Pi computers, the Solitude has an interface for optional eMMC 5.x flash storage modules, and an IR receiver.

It also has a set of ports that includes:

  • 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • 4 x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Type-C (for power and data)
  • 1  Gigabit Ethernet (with optional Power over Ethernet support)
  • 1 x microSD card reader
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio

The little computer can be used with a 5V/3A USB-C power supply, and Libre Computer says it only consumes about 5 watts under full load or 1.5 watts at idle.

Other features include a 4-lane MIPI-DSI display connector, a 2-lane MIPI-CSI camera connector, 16MB of SPI Nor flash storage and support for upstream Linux and u-boot software. Libre Computer offers a bunch of GNU/Linux distros and other operating systems for download, including Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Raspbian, Armbian, LibreELEC, CoreELEC, Lakka, and Android images.

Despite its low price tag, Libre Computer is positioning the Solitude as a platform that should have some long-term  support. The company plans to continue offering this hardware design for at least 10 years, while providing software support for at least 15 years.

via LinuxGizmos

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  1. Encore une entreprise Chinoise qui se cache sous un nom comme “libre”. Il n’y a rien de libre en Chine. Je préfère de loin les Raspberry.

    1. Pourtant ils sont ceux qui font le plus.
      Leur choix technologiques et leur support est en avance, ils participent au pilotes du noyau.

      1. I tried to reply much the same in French but for whatever reason the comments software didn’t see fit to publish it 🤔 😕

  2. For only $45! I’m very impressed.
    If I was younger and more able, I’d definitely be tempted.

  3. I still think the Pi 3 had a better port selection than the 4+. A single full-sized HDMI port is significantly more convenient that two mini ports that need dongles. I don’t think I’ve ever plugged in a second monitor. (And they didn’t even use the same mini port as the pi zero, so I had to get different dongles!)

    So, good job Libre Computer!

  4. A company that has not been around for 10 years is offering 10 years of hardware availability and 15 years of software support? Also, they are highly dependent on Amlogic and other component providers to supply them for 10 years. Do they just apologize in 5 years if Amlogic no longer supplies this part, or do they maintain an inventory (lifetime supply) of all board components?
    I don’t doubt their intent, just their ability to deliver.

    1. They actually fund serious upstreaming/mainline-first efforts – for example the open source NPU driver on the Alta has just been accepted into Mesa and will hit mainline when it ships in a couple of months.

      The A311D is used by Khadas, Radxa etc. and the S905D3 will no doubt feature in many an Android TV box.

      1. Yeah the team are doing great work on the software side compared to more known brands and for the pricing their SBCs offer good value!

        We should be congratulating them for these releases and not questioning them just because they’re not as well known as RaspberryPi.

        1. Indeed! And it’s pretty rare to see companies actually investing in open source driver development, especially when their profit margin on such products will be pretty low. Libre Computer also state that they put in place extensive QC processes (I don’t know whether they’re ISO9001 certified), which will only add to their manufacturing costs.