Cubieboard Sets Sights On Raspberry Pi With Indiegogo


It’s only been a year or so since the world first started salivating over the Raspberry Pi.  Not only over the potential of the Pi, but the value as well.  We have seen plenty of clones since, but this device is the first one to really outshine the Pi is every way conceivable.  The Cubieboard is packing to following specifications:

  • 1G ARM cortex-A8 processor, NEON, VFPv3, 256KB L2 cache
  • Mali400, OpenGL ES GPU
  • 1GB DDR3 @480MHz
  • HDMI 1080p Output
  • 10/100M Ethernet
  • 4GB Nand Flash
  • 2 USB Host, 1 micro SD slot, 1 SATA, 1 ir
  • 96 extend pin including I2C, SPI, RGB/LVDS, CSI/TS, FM-IN, ADC, CVBS, VGA, SPDIF-OUT, R-TP..
  • Running Android, Ubuntu and other Linux distributions

From the project’s indiegogo page:

What can cubieboard be used for

Lightweight Linux Desktop – With USB mouse and keyboard and HDMI monitor to cubieboard, you can use it as a light weight linux desktop. Cubieboard support most of the ARM linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Arch ARM Linux, Puppy etc.

Android TV – Connect wifi dongle and the wireless air mouse to cubieboard, and HDMI output to TV. You can enjoy Android with Youtube, Netflix and many more apps on cubieboard.

NAS – Cubieboard can drive 2.5 inch hard disk, you can use it as a home network file server.

Home Automation – There are 96 pin expansion headers on cubieboard, most of them can be used as GPIO. With network access, you can control a lot of things.

Given the addition of a SATA port, this is one of the first Pi clones with the potential to make a big splash as a NAS device for your home network.  That said, we would happily pay an extra 10 bucks for gigabit.

The other big difference between this device and the Pi is the price.  You get what you pay for, and with a $49 price tag it’s easy to imagine this as a bigger and better alternative to the Pi, which retails for a strict $25 and $35 dollars.  This makes us infinitely curious what $100 will buy us…

Source | Indiegogo

About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.
  • dave

    No ADC, no DAC, no interest! Doing real work means sensing and controlling things, which means an ADC and a DAC are required, not optional!


    • Connie New

      Well it is likely that some of the 96 pins available have PWM I/O…in any case having a i2c interface implies relatively easy to add DACs DACs and port expanders etc. Competition with raspberry pi however will not come with performance or price or features…it will come with mindshare…this the Raspberry Pi has loads of

      • techie9 techie9

        IMO Cubieboard will be a strong contender to Rpi. Believe it or not but it does packs a neat and heavy punch in terms of functionality.
        Also, the availability of 96 Pins Header is like having access to holy grail of I/O. They can br re-programmed by editing the config file(for more info please check the cubieboard’s google forums page).

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