Mini-PC

  • The latest version Raspberry Pi mini computer is now over a year old, so an update is long overdue. The Raspberry Pi foundation has just announced the next generation Pi, which represents a significant upgrade and now offers makers the choice of 1, 2 and 4 GB flavors of memory.​
  • ​Israel's CompuLab has launched the third generation of its fanless, rugged Airtop mini-PC, with more memory capacity, more connectivity options and Intel's 9th gen Core CPU running the show.​
  • Revealed at the Embedded World expo in Nuremberg, Germany, last week, the BeagleBone AI has been developed to fill the gap between small single board computers and bigger, more powerful industrial computers.
  • ​Though many alternatives are available, the Raspberry Pi computer boards are probably the most well known and widely used in the maker community. Hardkernel recognizes that there's a strong market for more powerful, more capable and more expensive boards. The Odroid N2 ticks all of those boxes.​
  • The latest ProArt Series mini computer from Asus has been developed for content creators, packing lots of power into a shapely skin that turns its back on the sharp-angled boxy design that's common in small form factor computers.
  • The Raspberry Pi Foundation says that a version 3 upgrade to its A+ cut-down computer board first introduced in 2014 has been one of its most frequent requests from makers. With the Pi 3 Model B+ now shipping, the Foundation has filled that gap with the all-new Pi 3 Model A+.​
  • ​When you think of home-brewed computer projects, Raspberry Pi or Arduino may be the first maker boards to spring to mind. But Hardkernel has been selling ARM-based single board computers for a good while and has now revealed the Odroid H2, its first built on Intel's x86 architecture.​
  • ​China's Libre Computer has hit Kickstarter for an alternative to the Raspberry Pi Zero called La Frite. Essentially a smaller version of the company's Le Potato computer board, the 2.5 x 2.2 inch (6.4 x 5.5 cm) development board is aimed squarely at makers on a tight budget.​
  • ​Despite being great space-savers, All-in-One computers have been getting bigger and bigger over the years. Shuttle's new P20U bucks that trend and shrinks the touch display down to tablet size for a machine that's being aimed primarily at point-of-sale applications rather than tiny student digs.​
  • Not all small form factor computers can handle modern PC games, but Intel says its latest NUC mini-PCs can do just that, with an 8th Generation Core processor and AMD graphics making it possible to run 1080p games such as League of Legends, Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.​
  • ​If you're short of space or are looking for something small to run your looped retail sales promo instore, fanless mini computers are ready to meet your needs. Shuttle has announced the XPC Barebone DL10J which can run 24/7 and be optioned to include 4G LTE.​
  • Israel's CompuLab has updated its mini computer for lovers of the Linux operating system. Again collaborating with the Linux Mint team, the Mini 2 represents the fourth generation of its MintBox line of small form factor fanless computers for silent operation and plenty of connectivity options.​