first_imgAt $199, it’s easy to dismiss the Gizmo Explorer as an overpriced Raspberry Pi alternative. That would be true if it was built as a competing device, which it’s not. The Gizmo is built by Sage Electronic Engineering, a company that specializes in embedded devices. Its goal is to deliver hardware that allows others to rapidly develop marketable products — a much different aim than that of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.It’s also important to note that the Gizmo Explorer utilizes an x86-compatible processor. That’s a major differentiation, and it gives the Gizmo software flexibility that the Raspberry Pi can’t yet match. In addition to being able to run just about any Linux distribution under the sun, this board can handle Windows, Androidx86, and probably even OS X if you don’t mind a little tinkering — which you don’t if you’re going to buy this board.The “Gizmo” is the main board, which runs a 1GHz AMD G-T40E Dual Core with an integrated Radeon HD6250 GPU and 1GB of RAM. The lack of an HDMI port here is a bit of a concern, but it’s not a major one since the board is a better fit for projects like kiosk computing. VGA should be sufficient in most cases. There’s a single SATA port available for hooking up a hard drive, two USB ports, and RJ45 Ethernet. Sage also includes an expansion IO board, which is where the “Explorer” comes from in the name. Sage also throws in a power brick, network and USB cables, an alphanumeric keypad, and a JTAG development tool with 20 hours of trial use.For DIY embedded projects where x86 is a must, the Gizmo is a nice option to explore. If ARM will suffice, the Raspberry Pi or one of the recent Exynos-based boards are more frugal options.More at ExrtemeTech and CNX Softwarelast_img

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