PINE64 Is A Simple, Affordable, Expandable Palm Sized 64 Bit Quad Core Computer

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As computers get smaller and more powerful, more options are starting to surface for palm sized computers which can be used for a number of DIY projects. The latest to be unveiled, the PINE64 and PINE64+, launches on Kickstarter today and promises a more simple, affordable, and expandable computing solution.

Starting at just $15USD, the PINE64 is a 3.125 x 5″ 64 bit Quad Core computer which runs Android Lollipop 5.1.1 or Linux, features a 1.2GHz Quad Core CPU, 512MB RAM, 4K HD video, Bluetooth 4.0, and much more. The small board will allow DIY users to build a computer, tablet, gaming device, use it in their connected homes, and just about anything else they can think up.

“PINE64 set out to create a simple, smart and affordable computer that gives people access toward making their next big idea come to life.” said Co-Founder Johnson Jeng. “We provide a powerful 64 Bit Quad Core single-board computer at an exceptional price and remain compatible with multiple open source software platforms to build a community of creativity and innovation.”

The 3.125 x 5” $15 PINE64 board includes:

  • 64 Bit Quad Core ARM Cortex A53 1.2 Ghz CPU
  • Dual core Mali 400 MP2 GPU
  • 512MB DDR3 SDRAM
  • MicroSD slot supports up to 256GB expansion
  • 10/100 Mb Ethernet port
  • (2) USB 2.0 hosts
  • 4K high-definition video playback
  • 4K x 2K HDMI port and multi-channel audio output
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with 802.11BGN connectivity optional
  • 3.5mm Stereo Output mini-jack with microphone support
  • Built-in 3.7V Lithium Battery Charging Circuit
  • Hardware security enables trustzone security system, Digital Rights Management (DRM), information encryption/decryption, secure boot, secure JTAG and secure effuse

At $19, PINE64+ includes 1GB DDR3 memory, optional system upgrades, a 5 Megapixel camera port, 4 lanes MIPI Video Port and a Touch Panel Port.

The miniature supercomputers are scheduled to ship in early February for backers, with an early bird stocking stuffer option for those looking to surprise loved ones with a printable certificate to let them know their gift is only a short wait away.

Are you going to be backing the PINE64? What will you use it for if you do get one? Let us know what you think about the specs and options in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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PINE64: $15 Palm-Sized 64 Bit Quad Core Computer Built For Affordable Innovation 

PINE64 Single-Board 64 Bit Supercomputer Launches on Kickstarter to Make Your Next DIY Gadget More Simple, Affordable and Expandable

Fremont, Calif., Dec. 9, 2015 – In an age characterized by rapid growth of technology, a fully-functioning, programmable computer is still a luxury for many. To make innovation more affordable, PINE64 announces Kickstarter availability of a powerful 3.125 x 5” 64 Bit Quad Core supercomputer starting at $15. The versatile single-board computer is an open source platform for both hardware and software, while capable of running today’s most advanced 64 Bit version of Android Lollipop 5.1.1 and Linux. PINE64 is the foundation to build your next computer, tablet, gaming device, connected home, 3-D printer or anywhere your creativity takes you.

Developed to work with multiple modules and software, PINE64 is a simple solution for cheap DIY projects, and exploration into coding and programming. Build your own computer, 3D Printer control panel, video game console, 4K streaming media player, robotics project, connected home device, and more. Use the open-source platform to scratch out codes or make the next game-changing innovation.

“PINE64 set out to create a simple, smart and affordable computer that gives people access toward making their next big idea come to life.” said Co-Founder Johnson Jeng. “We provide a powerful 64 Bit Quad Core single-board computer at an exceptional price and remain compatible with multiple open source software platforms to build a community of creativity and innovation.”

Under the hood, the 3.125 x 5” $15 PINE64 board includes:

  • 64 Bit Quad Core ARM Cortex A53 1.2 Ghz CPU
  • Dual core Mali 400 MP2 GPU
  • 512MB DDR3 SDRAM
  • MicroSD slot supports up to 256GB expansion
  • 10/100 Mb Ethernet port
  • (2) USB 2.0 hosts
  • 4K high-definition video playback
  • 4K x 2K HDMI port and multi-channel audio output
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with 802.11BGN connectivity optional
  • 3.5mm Stereo Output mini-jack with microphone support
  • Built-in 3.7V Lithium Battery Charging Circuit
  • Hardware security enables trustzone security system, Digital Rights Management (DRM), information encryption/decryption, secure boot, secure JTAG and secure effuse

At $19, PINE64+ includes 1GB DDR3 memory, optional system upgrades, a 5 Megapixel camera port, 4 lanes MIPI Video Port and a Touch Panel Port.

For those looking for a more familiar experience, PINE64 can be purchased optionally with the latest Android software built in, or you can upload the latest version of Linux. Out of the box, Android Lollipop 5.1 gives you immediate access to over 1.6 million apps on the Android market ready to download in a few clicks. Connect to a keyboard, mouse and display through a variety of ports and run popular apps including Angry Birds, Minecraft, office productive software and web browsing. Add a camera to stay connected on social media with Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and more.

The miniature supercomputers are scheduled to ship in early February for backers, with an early bird stocking stuffer option for those looking to surprise loved ones with a printable certificate to let them know their gift is only a short wait away.

You can pre-order PINE64 and PINE64+ on Kickstarter, starting at $15. For more information visit www.PINE64.com.

About PINE64

PINE64 is a simple, affordable and expandable 64 Bit single-board supercomputer. Build your own computer, 3D Printer control panel, video game console, 4K streaming media player, robotics project, connected home device, and more at an exceptional price. The platform is fully open source to build a community where the sky is the limit. Software applications include but not limited to Android 5.1, Ubuntu Linux, openHAB, OpenWRT, XBMC and more. PINE64 comes from the combination of two constant variables – Pi and Euler’s Number e and 64 comes from our 64 Bit computing power. Visit www.pine64.com for more information.

  Source: Kickstarter
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