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10 US readers' choice single-board computers under $200

05 Feb 2015  | Cabe Atwell

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Single-board computers have become a maker's and an engineer's best friend. It is now the preferred development board by hobbyists and professionals alike for prototyping as well as tinkering. But what exactly is an SBC and why is it so popular among makers?

A single-board computer is just that—a complete computer built on a single board. They can be fairly large like Nvidia's Jetson TKI or incredibly small like the iMX233-OLinuXino-Nano and are popular development tools that, for the most part, are incredibly cheap.

Makers and engineers often use SBCs as an affordable alternative over notebooks and desktops to design everything from home automation to robotics or just about anything that can be imagined. In this slideshow, we'll take a look at some of the SBCs for under $200 that have been suggested by EE Times' readers of this Top 10 Single-Board Computers Under $200. Pete220 is one such reader and his alternatives such as ZedBoard's MicroZed development board.

The MicroZed ZedBoard

MicroZed development board

ZedBoard's MicroZed development board features Xilinx Zynq-7020 SoC that packs two Cortex-A9 processors. (Source: ZedBoard)

The MicroZed ZedBoard is based on the Xilinx Zynq-7020, which packs two ARM Cortex-A9 cores, 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 128MB of QSPI flash storage along with a microSD card interface. The board also features 100 user I/O headers, which are inactive in stand-alone mode but, when plugged into a carrier card, automatically conforms to what the card's programming. ZedBoard's MicroZed SBC is one of the more higher priced boards topping out at $199 but its rich in features.

Click on the following pages for more information on each board.


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