Parallella Desktop Computer Board Price Drops to $99 (Temporary)

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Parallella “super computer” board with Xilinx Zynq-7010 ARM+FPGA SoC and Adapteva’s 16-core Epiphany coprocessor may have started at $99 uring their Kickstarter campaign, but once the board became more broadly available, price started at $119 for the microserver version, and $149 for the desktop computer version which adds a micro HDMI port, a micro USB port, and some expansion I/Os. But to get rid of some stock, the company has decided to temporary decrease the desktop version price to $99 on Amazon.

Parallela Desktop Board
Parallela Desktop Board

Let’s remind us of the desktop computer board specifications:

  • SoC – Xilinx Zynq Z7010 dual-Core ARM Cortex A9 with 512KB L2 Shared Cache + Artix-7 FPGA with 28K logic cells
  • Coprocessor – 16-core Epiphany-III processor
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – micro SD slot + 128Mb quad SPI flash
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000M Ethernet
  • Video Output – 1x micro HDMI
  • USB – 1x micro USB host port
  • Expansion I/O – 2 eLinks (Ephiphany Links) + 24 GPIO pins
  • Dimensions – 86.36mm x 53.34mm

If you’d like more details about the board, and what can be done with it, I invite  you to check out Parallella website, and its Wiki on eLinux.org.

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Sander

I checked a few sites, but I couldn’t an answer: is there any ready-to-use software that uses the 16 cores of the Parallella board? For example ‘unrar’ or some other software that can do parallel processing?

agumonkey
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Ha, they include a fully sized heatsink. It’s now official the original one was undersized. I’d love to buy just that heatsink …

onebir
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onebir

Wonder if this means the 64 core boards are coming out soon?

agumonkey
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@onebir their communication hints at new products but too vague to tell if it will be the 64core planned originally.

Jibril
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Jibril

agumonkey :
Ha, they include a fully sized heatsink. It’s now official the original one was undersized. I’d love to buy just that heatsink …

not only this new larger heatsink…also a fan on it is highly recommended.

anon
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anon

Does their Amazon shop ship internationally? I got an impression that no.

Jibril
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Jibril

@cnxsoft
should be so…but from real users of Parallela’s forum – Hardware problems and workarounds isn’t so (https://parallella.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=1973)

ben
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In case anyone is interested, the founder/ceo of Parallela was recently on the amphour podcast. He talks many things about the design, the kickstarter campaign, plans for the future, etc. A good listen!
http://www.theamphour.com/254-an-interview-with-andreas-olofsson-adatevas-ampliative-abacus/

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@Jibril
Even with such a large heat sink ? The tiny one they gave at the last minute required a fan for sure. I hoped that having a full sized heat sink would cancel the need for a fan.