NanoPC launched a $69 mini-PC and $67 SBC based on a quad-core Samsung Exynos4412 SoC, with SD, HDMI, USB, camera, and Ethernet, and running Linux and Android.
In many cases, there’s not much difference between a single board computer and a mini-PC based on the same SBC. In the case of the fanless, Linux- and Android-ready NanoPC-T1, the difference is worth about two bucks. The open source SBC costs only $67 while the mini-PC costs $69. The SBC ships with its own 5V/2A power supply, designed as a default for U.S. customers, as well as a power adapter and a USB cable. Both prices do not count shipping and handling from NanoPC’s Chinese headquarters. Individual customers and resellers are both said to be welcome.
NanoPC-T1 with case
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The 100 x 60mm NanoPC-T1, which is not to be confused with Foxconn’s $465 Intel Core i7 based, NanoPC AT-7700 , or with AMD’s ultra-thin new Nano PC home theater media player, is the first product from NanoPC.
NanoPC points to the Odroid-U3 as its closest competitor. Both products offer Samsung’s quad-core Exynos 4412 system-on-chip, but the Odroid-U3 uses the faster 1.7GHz 4412 Prime instead of the NanoPC-T1’s 1.5GHz 4412 SoC The Odroid-U3 also offers twice the RAM of the 1GB T1, provides four USB ports rather than three, and throws in a heatsink.
Two detail views of the NanoPC-T1
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Like the Odroid-U3, the NanoPC-T1 provides HDMI, Fast Ethernet, and audio ports. It has a touch-ready LCD interface, which does not appear to be listed for the Odroid. Although the Odroid-U3 costs $7 less than the NanoPC-T1 SBC, that price is only for individual units sold for personal use. The U3 case costs $4 instead of $2. (They both appear to be made of plastic.)
Bonuses for the NanoPC-T1 include its 4GB of eMMC flash compared to an empty socket on the Odroid-U3. It also adds CMOS and MIPI camera interfaces, and for those who care, it supplies a full SD slot on the flip side of the board instead of a microSD slot.
The NanoPC-T1’s FAQ has an unfinished section that has questions, with no answers, including one about a camera board. Presumably, this ribbon-cabled option is coming soon. In addition, a NanoPC resources page lists schematics for LCD displays, which presumably will become available as options. These include 4.3-, 5-, 7-, and 8-inch displays. Wireless 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth modules will also be offered as options.
NanoPC-T1 with typical peripherals
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The NanoPC-T1 is supported with source code for Linux + Qt, Ubuntu Linux 12.04, and Android 4.2.2, both onsite and on a DVD. Full hardware schematics are said to be coming, and there’s already considerable documentation, as well as forums.
Specifications listed for the NanoPC-T1 include:
- Processor — Samsung Exynos 4412 (4x Cortex-A9 cores @ 1.5GHz); Mali-400 GPU
- 1GB DDR3 RAM (32-bit)
- 4GB eMMC flash
- SD slot
- Display — HDMI 1.4 out port (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels); LCD TFT interface, supporting RGB888 mode, LVDS adapter and capacitive and resistive touchscreens
- Wireless — optional 3G WCDMA, WiFi, and Bluetooth expansion modules
- Networking — 10/100 Ethernet port
- Other I/O:
- 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- Micro-USB OTG port
- 3.5mm audio in/out jack
- CMOS camera interface
- MIPI interface (supports HD)
- 4 x TTL UARTs
- 2x digital sensor inputs
- GPIO1 — UART, SPI, I2C, 20x GPIOs, power signals, etc.
- GPIO2 — UART, 2x GPIOs, SDIO, USB 2.0 host
- Other features — RTC battery; 2x user buttons; 2x LEDs; AT88SC0104C-SH encryption chip
- Power — DC 5V/2A input
- Weight — 50 g (SBC)
- Dimensions — 100 x 60mm (SBC)
- Operating systems — Linux + Qt; Ubuntu Linux 12.04; Android 4.2.2
NanoPC says it’s also currently developing a NanoPC-T2, which will be based on a slower Cortex-A8 Samsung S5PV210 (“Hummingbird”) SoC. It should be ready by August, possibly for a price as low as $50, says the company.
The NanoPC-T1 is available now in SBC form for $67. The $69 case version is due later this month. More information and links to sales may be found at the NanoPC website.