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IoT survey offers MinnowBoard Max SBC prize

Apr 29, 2014  |  Rick Lehrbaum
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An IoT survey targeting attendees of this week’s Embedded Linux Conference offers a MinnowBoard Max SBC giveaway, but anyone interested can participate.

Intel and CircuitCo introduced a smaller, faster model in the hacker/maker-oriented MinnowBoard SBC line — the MinnowBoard Max — earlier this month. The tiny open SBC features an Atom E3800 SoC, revised I/O, and both Android 4.4 and Linux support. During this week’s Embedded Linux Conference, Intel is running an Internet of Things (IoT) survey primarily targeting ELC attendees, which number about 500, but Intel’s rep at ELC assured us that anyone interested can enter the ELC IoT survey for a chance to win a MinnowBoard Max.



Intel’s IoT survey offers a MinnowBoard Max prize
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The MinnowBoard Max steps up from the earlier board’s Intel E640 processor to an E3800 (Bay Trail-I) SoC which is faster, offers better graphics, and uses less power. Initially, the Max will be offered in two models: either with a single-core E3815 clocked at 1.46GHz (5W TDP), or with a dual-core E3825 clocked at 1.33GHz (6W TDP). Despite its name, the Max is actually smaller than the original, with a more IoT-friendly 3.9 x 2.9-inch footprint.



MinnowBoard Max top from two angles, and bottom showing white high-speed expansion connector
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Other key changes from the original MinnowBoard include RAM support beyond 1GB (the Max’s design supports 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB), double the SPI flash (8MB), and substitution of a microSD slot for the original MinnowBoard’s on-board NAND flash. Plus, a pair of SATA ports have also been added, enabling storage-intensive applications.

 
Where’s the survey?

LinuxGizmos readers who wish to participate in Intel’s ELC-week IoT survey, and be entered into the drawing for a MinnowBoard Max SBC, may do so here. But note: the survey closes at 5:00PM Pacific Time on May 16. The winner will be notified via email during the week of May 19, and the MinnowBoard Max will be available in June, says Intel.
 

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