MinnowBoard – Open source computer powered by Intel Atom processor

           Open source software and hardware projects are new and innovative all over the world. Developers are contributing a lot for open source projects and most of the those projects really come out well. Some of the successful open source projects are Linux OS, Parallella etc. Intel is another company to join in the list of open source contributor by developing MinnowBoard, an opensource computers powered by Intel atom processor. 

MinnowBoard is a x86 computer architecture based computer powered by Intel atom processor from MinnowBoard .It is the first x86 architecture based open source computer with great leap ahead in open source projects. MinnowBorad supports Intel’s hyper-threading and virtualization technology which enable the software developers to push  themselves towards high level software projects. MinnowBorad also includes regular IO ports such as USB, SATA etc which enable the developers to make use for computer accessories like webcam, external sound card, Bluetooth devices etc.

MinnowBoard – Open source computer powered by Intel Atom processor
Technical Specification
Intel Atom E640 (1GHz, 32bit)
Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600
1/8 inch jack line Input and Output
Input/Output Ports
1 Micro SD
1 SATA2 3Gb/sec
2 USB ports
Micro USB-B connector
Serial (UART 0) to USB conversion (mini-USB-B port)
Gigabit EthernetRJ-45 connector
Other  IO ports
8 Buffered GPIO pins
2 Experimenter GPIO Controlled LEDs
4 Experimenter GPIO switches
4.2 inches x 4.2 inches
Operating System
Angstrom Linux Distribution (Yocto Project v1.3 Compatible)

Since the board is based on x86 architecture, we can install any 32bit operating system which makes MinnowBoard a complete computer. MinnowBoard  also includes PC standards such as PCI Express, SATA and USB which makes the board to integrate with many common devices. MinnowBoard  is available for $199 USD.

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