Back in the chilly month of December 2015 Pine64 launched their Kickstarter campaign. Hoping to raise funding to help bring their new single board. The Pine A64, from prototype to manufacture for distribution. After a successful campaign raising over one million dollars, many times the original Kickstarter target of thirty two thousand dollars, the Pine A64 went into production.
Pine A64 1GB version
Now a year has passed since the Pine A64 launch, what has the last 12 months from launch, been like for this original take on the single board computer market?
This post is an introduction of sorts for the Raspberry Pi 3, the latest in the range of Raspberry Pi single board computers from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The goal of the Raspberry Pi Foundation like the BBC Micro:bit, was to provide school children with a low cost easy to use computer, to promote the teaching of basic computer programming in the class room. Though the appeal of a low cost highly flexible computer stretches a lot further than just the school room, with makers the world over utilising the Raspberry Pi in a huge number of projects.
The first Raspberry Pi launched on the 29th February 2012 with an ARM v6 Broadcom CPU, clocked at 700 MHz, 256 MB of on-board RAM, a 3.5 audio jack and only one USB port. Though this didn’t stop the original Raspberry Pi A selling out in the first few hours and over 100,000 pre orders being taking on the very first day.
The Original Raspberry Pi board.
The BBC Micro:bit is the spiritual successor to the very famous BBC Micro, a computer created back in the 1980s by the British Broadcasting Corporation and Acorn Computers. With the idea of providing the resources for British school children to help learn how to code. This original initiative helped not only an entire generation of coders learnt their art but also help in the blossoming of the UK video game scene, with a lot of the early developers noting that the access to the BBC Micros worked as a gateway into languages.
BBC Micro:bit board front face