We’re lucky sufficient to have an enormous alternative of single-board computer systems earlier than us, not simply these with a bare-metal microcontroller, but additionally these able to working fully-fledged normal objective working programs similar to GNU/Linux. The Raspberry Pi might be the very best identified of this latter crop of boards, and it has spawned a bunch of rivals with equally fruity names. With a complete cornucopia to select from, it takes a bit greater than evoking a berry to catch our consideration. The shape elements have gotten established and the same old SoCs are fairly nicely lined already, present us one thing we haven’t seen earlier than!
[Marcel Thürmer] could have managed that feat, together with his Blueberry Pi. On the face of it that is simply But One other SBC With A Fruity Pi Title, however what caught our consideration is that in contrast to all of the others, that is one you may construct your self in order for you. It’s totally open-source, but it surely differs from different boards that launch their information to the world in that it manages to maintain building inside the realm of what’s potential on the bench fairly than the pick-and-place. He’s finished this by selecting an Alwinner V3, an SoC initially produced for the motion digicam market that’s accessible in a readily-solderable TQFP bundle. It’s a alternative that has allowed him to drag off one other constructor-friendly feat: the board is just two layers, so it gained’t break the financial institution to have it made.
It’s honest to say that the Allwinner V3 (PDF) isn’t essentially the most highly effective of Linux-capable SoCs, but it surely has the benefit of built-in RAM to keep away from extra tough soldering. With solely 64Mb of reminiscence, it’s by no means going to be a powerhouse, but it surely does pack onboard Ethernet, serial and parallel digicam interfaces, and audio in addition to the same old interfaces you’d count on. There isn’t any video help on the Blueberry Pi, however the chip has LVDS for an LCD panel, so it’s not inconceivable to think about one thing could possibly be put collectively. In the meantime, all you could know concerning the board may be discovered on its GitHub repository. There isn’t any helpful OS picture to obtain, u-boot directions are offered to construct your personal. We suspect when you’re the form of one who is constructing a Blueberry Pi although this will likely not current an issue to you.
We hope the Blueberry Pi receives extra curiosity, develops a wider neighborhood, and turns into a board with a stable footing. We like its achievement of being each a strong platform and one that’s inside attain of the house constructor, and we stay up for it being the topic of extra consideration.