[LAU] Small instrument hardware module
jeremy at autostatic.com
Tue Oct 21 11:39:21 UTC 2014
On 10/21/2014 12:46 PM, Patrick Shirkey wrote:
>> Nice devices but are they fanless?
> No, but they are very quiet.
Bummer, I wouldn't trust on a device that has fans for on stage use.
>> They also seem to be fairly big, I
>> guess a Cubieboard is 4x as small as a NUC board. But I haven't really
>> compared the measurements yet so I could be wrong.
> This particular model has a slightly larger case. The other models are not
> as tall. The physical size is approx 10x10x4cm so they are very portable
> and the solid aluminium casing is very robust.
> Cubieboards are also very good units but they have some drawbacks too.
> They are not as powerful as a Celeron and they require cross compiling
Not entirely true, most of the software is readily available in the
repositories. If you need unpackaged software or newer versions of
software you need to recompile, yes. I've got a toolchain set-up for
this (an ARM chroot with everything installed needed for Debian
packaging) and it would also be possible to do this on the device
itself. But indeed, on a x86 machine it's not as trivial as building
stuff for x86 itself.
IIUC, they also don't support the same amount of memory.
No idea ;) Never checked that actually since most devices I know don't
come with memory slots or memory chips that can be piggybacked.
> As a stand alone device the NUC's can do very well as a relatively low
> cost processing unit. For the same form factor you can also get an i5
> chipset. I'm not sure if they have released the i7's yet but they are
> probably just around the corner. The top end i5's are very close to the
> same speed as an i7.
Yeah, I'm definitely going to check them out, such a device would be
awesome as a multimedia player. So thanks for the info!
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