List of 39 Low Cost Linux Friendly Boards and Products

Dmitry (omgfire), one of my awesome readers, compiled a great tabular list of Linux friendly boards and products that sells for less than $300 US (usually less than $200). This list includes technical details such as the processor, GPU, memory, NAND flash, connectivity, ports, supported Linux distributions… as well as availability and pricing information.

There are currently 39 Linux devices in total. The vast majority are ARM based boards, but he also included 2 x86 products by VIA, but those are relatively pricey ($265 and up).

Here’s a summary list with SoCs used, links to blog posts and product pages (if available), as well as price information.

35 USD Raspberry Pi Broadcom BCM2835

Raspberry Pi Board Model B

    • Raspberry Pi Model B – Broadcom BCM2835 (ARM11) – Blog post (That’s my first post about the R-Pi last year, and the board is much different now) -  Product page – Price: $35 + shipping
    • Rikomagic MK802 – Allwiner A10 (Cortex A8) -  Blog post -  Price: $70 to $80 inc. shipping
    • Mele A1000 – AllWinner A10 (Cortex A8) – Blog postProduct page – Price: $70 + shipping to $100 (inc. shipping)
    • Rhombus-Tech A10 EOMA-68 - AllWinner A10 (Cortex A8) – Blog postProduct page – Price: $15 (Estimated BOM Cost only)
    • Gooseberry board - AllWinner A10 (Cortex A8) – Product page – Price: 40 GBP + shipping
    • A13-OLinuXino – AllWinner A13 (Cortex A8) – Blog postProduct page – Price: 40 Euros (without Wi-Fi) or 50 Euros (Wi-Fi version)
    • VIA APC – Wondermedia WM8650 (ARM11) – Blog postProduct page – Price: $49 + shipping
    • VIA ARTiGO A1200 - VIA Eden X2 (x86) -  Product page – Price: $310 + shipping
    • VIA ARTiGO A1150 – VIA Eden X2 (x86) – Product page – Price: $265 + shipping
    • BeagleBoard Rev. C4 – TI OMAP3530 (Cortex A8) – Blog posts (articles related to Beagleboard) -  Product page – Price: $125 + shipping
    • BeagleBoard-xM – TI DM3730 (Cortex A8) – Product page – Price: $149 + shipping

Beaglebone

    • BeagleBone – TI Sitara AM3359 (Cortex A8) – Blog postProduct page- Price: $89 + shipping
    • PandaBoard – TI OMAP4430 (Cortex A9) – Blog posts (articles related to Pandaboard) -  Product page – Price: $174 + shipping
    • PandaBoard ES - TI OMAP4460 (Cortex A9) – Blog postProduct page – Price: $189 + shipping
    • Cotton Candy – Samsung Exynos 4210 (Cortex A9) – Blog postProduct page – Price: $199 + shipping
    • CuBox – Marvell Armada 510 (ARMv7 architecture like Cortex-A) – Blog postProduct page – Price: $135 + shipping
    • Hawkboard – TI OMAP-L138 (ARM9) – Product page – Price: $161 + shipping
    • ISEE IGEP v2 – TI DM3730 (Cortex A8) -  Product page – Price: 188 Euros + shipping
    • ISEE IGEP COM Proton – TI DM3730 (Cortex A8) – Product page – Price: 160 Euros
    • ISEE IGEP COM Module – TI DM3730 (Cortex A8) – Product page – Price: 164 Euros
    • Gumstix Overo series – TI Sitara and OMAP processors (Cortex A8) – Blog postProduct page – Price: $115 to $229 + shipping
    • Origen Board – Samsung Exynos 4210 (Cortex A9) – Blog postProduct page – Price: $199 + shipping .By the way, it seems the Quad core version is coming in Q3 2012.
    • Ionics Plug Nimbus – Marvel Kirkwood 6281 (ARM9) – Product page – Price: $99 + shipping
    • Ionics Plug Stratus – Marvel Kirkwood 6281 (ARM9) – Product page – Price: $139 to $145 + shipping
    • SheevaPlug dev kit (Basic) – Marvel Kirkwood 6281 (ARM9) -  Product page – Price: $101.99 + Shipping
    • GuruPlug Standard – Marvel Kirkwood 6281 (ARM9) – Product page – Price: $103 + Shipping
    • GuruPlug Display – Marvell ARMADA 168 (ARMv7 architecture) – Product page – Price: $199 + Shipping
    • DreamPlug – Marvel Kirkwood 6281 (ARM9) – Blog post -  Product page – Price: $163 + Shipping
    • D2Plug - Marvell PXA510 -Product page – Price: $253 + shipping
    • Trim-Slice series - NVIDIA Tegra 2 (Cortex A9) -Product page – Price: $213 – $338 + Shipping
ST Ericsson Nova A9500 Development Board

Snowball PDK Lite

  • Snowball - ST-Ericsson Nova A9500 (Cortex A9) - Blog postProduct page – Price: 144.84 € – 322.57 € + shipping
  • i.MX53 Quick Start Board – Freescale i.MX53 (Cortex a8) – Blog postProduct page – Price: $149 + shipping
  • Pineriver H24/MiniX – AllWinner A10 (Cortex A8) – Blog postProduct page – Price: $77 inc. shipping
  • Smallart UHOST – AllWinner A10 (Cortex A8) – Blog post (Oval Elephant HDMI stick based on UHOST) -  Product page – Price: $89 (512MB), $95 (1GB)with shipping
  • Genesi Efika MX Smarttop – Freescale i.MX515 (Cortex A8) – Product page – Price: $129 + shipping
  • Embest DevKit8600 – TI Sitara AM3359 (Cortex A8) – Product page – Price: $189 + shipping
  • Embest SBC8018 – TI Sitara AM1808 (ARM9) – Product page – Price: $99 + shipping
  • Embest SBC8530 – TI DM3730 (Cortex A8) – Product page – Price: $199 + shipping
  • Embest DevKit8500D - TI DM3730 (Cortex A8) – Product page – Price: $199 + shipping

The list is obviously not exhaustive (this would include hundreds of boards), but this still pretty good. Bear in mind, that is also included some recently phased out boards (e.g. Hawkboard) and devices (e.g. Genesi Efika MX Smarttop), but you might get one of those second hand on eBay or similar sites.

You can download Dmitry’s PDF file that shows side-by-side comparison of 5 devices at a time.

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  1. Dmitry
    June 26th, 2012 at 19:49 | #1
  2. Nikolay Nikolaev
    June 26th, 2012 at 20:24 | #2

    Hey, thanks.
    That’s surely useful.

  3. Onebir
    June 26th, 2012 at 22:21 | #3

    The Gooseberry’s GBP40 (ie USD~60, not GBP60) + USD<~5 shipping.

  4. June 26th, 2012 at 22:23 | #4

    @ Onebir
    Oups… Post updated.

  5. Onebir
    June 26th, 2012 at 22:24 | #5
  6. Dmitry
    June 27th, 2012 at 00:20 | #6

    Added DMP eBox to the list. It is x86 (i586), but smaller and cheaper than VIA. Unfortunately, Vortex86MX does not support CMOV command.
    http://omgfire.narod2.ru/SBC_comparison41.pdf

  7. max
    June 28th, 2012 at 10:59 | #7

    excellent post.

  8. Dmitry
    June 29th, 2012 at 14:59 | #8
  9. noxo
    July 1st, 2012 at 03:09 | #9

    good reading.. one could also consider buying cheap 1st-2nd gen Android phone (HTC G1 ~20GBP). then practice kernel/ firmware internals by compiling/modding AOSP for it :)

  10. July 1st, 2012 at 09:05 | #10

    @ noxo
    I’ve given up playing with AOSP for now, because you need a pretty powerful (or new) machine to build it in a decent amount of time. So I’m just playing with Linux/Kernel stuffs until I buy a new machine.

  11. July 17th, 2012 at 02:51 | #11

    I can’t find the GTA04 smartphone development board.

    It is another plattform worth mentioning here, featuring UMTS, Wifi, Bluetooth, Touchscreen and a LOT of sensors.
    Having direct serial access and the opportunity to flash it with any OS you like, replacing the default Debian GNU/Linux.
    It’s a very powerfull device, which could as well be used a you daily smartphone if you put it into a case.

  12. July 17th, 2012 at 09:21 | #12

    @ slyon
    I did not know about this interesting platform, but at 666 Euros, I would not call it “Low Cost”.

  13. Adrian
    July 17th, 2012 at 13:04 | #13

    Maybe the ALIX series (AMD Geode processor) of boards is as well interesting, see http:\\www.pcengines.ch

  14. July 17th, 2012 at 14:52 | #14

    @ Adrian
    Thank for that, around $100 for x86 boards that’s a pretty good price.

  15. Tom
    July 19th, 2012 at 15:12 | #15

    Carambola is a small low cost (22$) board that runs openwrt: http://www.8devices.com/

  16. July 19th, 2012 at 15:19 | #16

    @ Tom
    Thanks for that (Looks like it’s 22 Euros however). It’s funny, because I’ve just posted an article about a $23 openWRT router 5 minutes ago :)

  17. crxz0193
    July 27th, 2012 at 21:30 | #17

    A9-Quadcore at price of BeagleBoard – with AOSP ICS :

    $129 – ODROID-X SAMSUNG Exynos4412 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 1.4GHz http://www.hardkernel.com

  18. July 27th, 2012 at 22:33 | #18

    @ crxz0193
    Yes very interesting board, I wrote about it (http://www.cnx-software.com/2012/07/11/hardkernel-odroid-x-low-cost-exynos-4412-quad-core-cortex-a9-development-board/), but never update this post.

    I’ll have a low cost board page soon with what I consider to be the best 10 Linux boards.

  1. July 2nd, 2012 at 15:02 | #1
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