The marketplace has been flooded with Raspberry Pi for a while now, most are massively expensive and the “$35” Raspberry Pi, well actually it’s about $50 landed in Australia.. For a true $35AU single board computer you should check out the Orange Pi range of single board computers. These little baby’s give the Raspberry Pi a run for it’s money and are well worth a look. This article, I’ll focus on the orange Pi PC 2.. It’s an open-source single-board computer. It can run Android 4.4, Ubuntu, Debian, Raspberry Pi Images.
If your interested in playing with (or you have a serious project), they are available on BANGGOOD. At the time of writing they are $33.52AU delivered.
For this price point it has everything including 40 Pins Header,compatible with Raspberry Pi B+. Three USB2 ports, a 100/1G Ethernet port, although good luck actually getting giggle bit performance.
A H5 High Performance Quad-core 64-bit Cortex-A53, with an Integrated multimedia acceleration engine, Hardware Java acceleration, Integrated hardware floating-point co-processor and has 1GB DDR3 SDRAM.
The GPU is a High Performance Hexa-core Mali450, providing full scene over-sampled 4X anti-aliasing engine with no additional bandwidth usage, It supports the industry standard OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1/1.0, OpenVG 1.1, EGL, pumping out 40 GFlops, with a pixel fill rate greater than 2.7GPixel/s.
The board supports a TF cards upto 64Gbytes and has onboard NOR flash of 2MB.
It can run Android 4.2, Android4.4, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Raspbian, ArchLinux,openSUSE, OpenWrt, and other OS systems. Checkout the Orange Pi website for further information about this
A CSI input connector Camera, supporting an 8-bit YUV422 CMOS sensor interface,with CCIR656 protocol for NTSC and PAL. Supports the SM pixel camera sensor .Video capture is possible up to 1080p@30fps.
Video Outputs include the standard HDMI with HDCP, CEC, and integrated CVBS. Unlike most simultaneous output of HDMI and CVBS is supported.
Unlike the Pi, the Orange PI has DC input for can power and a power switch. Unfortunatly the USB OTG port doesn’t supply power.
As already mentioned, they are available on BANGGOOD. At the time of writing they are $33.52AU delivered.
Orange Pi™ is a trademark of the Shenzhen Xunlong Software CO., Limited