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News Intel announces Bay Trail MinnowBoard Max

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 1 Apr 2014.

  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    That is the greatest news since a long time. Hope a version housnig the quad core E3845 will see the light. Been eyeing on 3.5" and Epic form-factor SBC from compagnies like Kontron but that's way more expensive.

    Even the size is perfect ! My keyputer will finally comes true me think.

    Edit: Just one thing .... does it have HDMI (or at least LVDS) ?

    Self-Answer: It does have micro-HDMI http://www.minnowboard.org/meet-minnowboard-max/
     
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    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Aye, which I'm guessing is a sacrifice made to reduce the board footprint; the far larger original MinnowBoard I've got sat on my desk 'ere has a full-size HDMI port.
     
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    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    micro-HDMI is nice and full x86-64 will be perfect for assle-free Linux. It only lacks Power-Over-Ethernet :D

    Edit: the 2x 13pins header carries I²S audio signals .... that board is god-sent !
     
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    Don't get too excited: compatibility for the original MinnowBoard was bunk, with only Intel's own Yocto-based Linux booting correctly thanks to an esoteric 32-bit UEFI implementation. Sure, you could download board support packages and roll your own - but compared to the Gizmo, which just booted whatever Linux distro I threw at its USB ports, no questions asked - it was a nightmare.

    Now the MinnowBoard Max is 64-bit, so it *may* be more Gizmo-like in its approach - but I'd certainly wait for a review before assuming you can stick Ubuntu or the like on there.
     
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    Sure, I never buy without reading several reviews :). I still can save for a small SBC from Kontron or the likes.
     

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