Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 11 Nov 2014.
Dual-core, 64-bit, 85GFLOP/s in 9W.
What uses do these development boards serve? I keep thinking kiosks and signs. Although perhaps they're a bit overpowered for the former.
Low power embedded x86 system development . You use the dev board to test out the capabilities, with the intention of building a complete integrated system down the road .
That's how it worked traditionally anyway; of course there's the hobbyist/modder aspect to it these days, in order to compete with the Raspberry Pi. Think totally custom HTPC: custom-build, or 3D print, your own case from scratch which houses a tiny PC running whatever OS/software you please. I highly doubt the gaming performance of the GPU would be up to much, but it'd make an excellent Steam Home Streaming client.
Using an x86 processor gives you a hell of a lot of software/OS flexibility. EDIT: Not to mention the standards it supports like OpenGL, OpenCL, DirectX, etc...
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