Software 8 Frequently Asked Questions About Single Board Computers February 6, 2019/ By:jake/ No Comments The world of the electronic hobbyist was transformed on the day the first single board computer made its appearance. Most of the SBCs don’t require additional storage or the thick jungle of power cables to function. They don’t even need fans to keep them cool. It is simple that SBCs are good news. But to the first-time buyer, they can be confusing. Are you one too? Would you like to be able to tell an SBC apart from an MCU but can’t? We understand. Hence this list of most frequently posed queries regarding SBCs is at your disposal: Q1. Are SBCs and MCUs the same? Not always. The easiest way to recognize an MCU (Microcontroller Unit) is to determine what its function is. Most of them are constructed from an embedded system that houses an entire computer on a single chip. You will find one in your television’s remote control. It doesn’t consume much power or require an operating system. The remote will keep sitting dormant for a long time. MCUs today can be found everywhere – even in the latest IOT edge devices! Q2. What is a bramble? Is a Cluster of SBCs better than a single one? A bramble is a cluster of Raspberry Pis. Why should you consider buying or building one? While the stacked Raspberry Pis or other SBCs won’t perform at lightning speed, they are useful to coders. They help them in problems of latency and network reliability in their work. A small cluster is ideal to test potentially faulty code before it can be deployed. Q3. Which SBC is considered the most powerful single board computer worldwide? With its Intel-powered x86 Quad Core, UDOO X86 is considered one of the most powerful 64-bit Linux/Android/Windows computer in the market. It has an Arduino 101-compatible module and is highly affordable to both the average consumer and developers. The UDOO X86 is also a good media player. Q4. Which low-Cost SBC that plays 4K Video would you recommend? The Odroid C2 has a 64-bit, quad-core Amlogic S905. The SBC has a 1.5 Ghz quad-core CPU and Mali-450 GPU. It allows 2 Gbytes of storage in its DDR3 SDRAM and is fitted with Gigabit Ethernet that transfers data much more speedily. Besides this, it comes with HDMI 2.0 4K/60Hz display and an Infrared Receiver (IR) for those who also want a remote control. It stays cool due to its large heatsink and transfers your data at an increased speed due to the eMMC 5.0. It also retains your SD card images. Go here for details about its software support. Q5. What should I look for in an SBC? A. Start with its processor. Intel and ARM are the main central processing unit (CPU) architectures that are available to you. Decide between the two, depending on how much processing power you will need while the SBC maintains its temperature. The next thing to check is the SBC’s memory. While most of them have 32GB memory, how much you’d need will be determined by the applications you run. If you don’t need as much memory room, look for options that have lower power needs to save some money. The SBC I/O devices should support your network’s needs. You may choose an SBC with a traditional serial port or one with the latest USB 3.0. Alternatively, there are options that also have Ethernet and SATA. Keeping the SBC power options aside, your choice must offer a good tradeoff against its cooling needs. Q6. Which is the best SBC for an operating system? The Flint OS is supported by Google’s Chromium OS, so all your apps and services are housed in the cloud. There is also the option to download many other apps from the Google Play Store. Several accounts that come to us via our own user experience indicate that Flint boots faster as compared to other OS. That is why it is great for creating a netbook. Q7. Which SBC is best for gaming? A. The ODROID-XU4 is best for gaming because its cooling system has both a heatsink and a fan. When your activities put too much load on the CPU, the fan begins to operate. This is in direct contrast with the other SBCs where the fan runs constantly and must be purchased separately. Many of them don’t have a power supply routed properly to the fan, or are too complicated to set up. See above for other specs of the ODROID family of SBCs. Q8. I want to start blogging about Embedded Single Board Computer. What do I need to know? Here are some blogging guidelines for the first-timers: Tell it like a story and don’t exceed 300-500 words at first. Once you have a handle on it, write longer blogs. The body of your blog is well-suited for links. Use good ones like those leading to the ARM CC documents, stories, and landing pages. Your headline should be the star of your blog. Make it compelling; try writing 25of them before you find the right one! Adopt a conversational tone but remain authoritative to show you know your SBCs. Authenticity is crucial, so avoid blatant marketing. Pick a potential question and write your blog around it. Your readers have limited time, so give them an answer and don’t waste it! Promote your post on social media channels after it is up. Do you have other SBC queries for us? Then drop them down in the comment section, and we will get right on it!