The PineA64 Is A $15 High-Performance Raspberry Pi Alternative

The PINE64 board is a $15 quad-core 64-bit 1.2GHz computer with 512MB of RAM, which is quite a bit of power at a very low price. The project has already met (and exceeded by a factor of nearly four) its crowdfunding financial goal, and it only launched today.

PINE64

PINE64

According to the Kickstarter campaign:

PINE A64 is not only a computer, it is a super affordable 64-bit high performance expandable single board computer (SBC).  Whether you are an IT professional, electronics hobbyist, student, teacher, hacker, inventor, or just someone who wants to have more flexibility to increase their productivity at work, the PINE A64 is a computer board made for everyone.  Enjoy more fun and entertainment at home with endless possibilities.

SPECS AT A GLANCE

  • 64-bit Quad-core 1.2Ghz ARM Cortex-A53 processor
  • MALI400 GPU with two processing cores
  • 4k video output through HDMI
  • 512MB of RAM (the 64+ version of the board offers 1GB)
  • On-board circuitry for battery charging
  • Built-in realtime clock
  • 2 USB ports
  • 10/100 ethernet (gigabit on the 64+)
  • MicroSD storage
  • Runs Linux or Android
  • 5″×3.125″
  • Curiously absent from the campaign page are details regarding GPIO and other, low level buses

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The board comes in three different models, with users paying more for things like more memory and connectivity. At the time of this writing, the campaign had raised $107,652, quite a bit more than the funding goal of $31,416, and it still has 44 days to go. Estimated shipping for the device is January 2016, so those that buy it won’t have to wait long before they have one in their hands.

This sweet little computer is available to “pre-order” via Kickstarter right now.