This morning I went off to the post office to pick my new new Pixie Pro – making sure that the tax man got his share and that the post office got their rip-off “handling fee” of £8 – yes that’s £8 pounds not dollars. Not that you have any alternative but to let them “handle” the package. You’d think the government would give them some of the duty or VAT!
Anyway I digress with my deep-seated dislike of being ripped.. Opening video – well, you have to have an opening video..
The Pixie Pro – so firstly – this is NOT one of the cheapest small PC boards indeed for the cost of it you could buy 2 or more of the others – but then it is not just another Raspberry Pi!
My Pixie Pro came with a HONKING great heat sink – which bearing in mind that my Orange Pi could cook eggs, is a welcome addition. This will end up in Spain with me where it gets very warm and so a cool running board is a good start.
Taking a look at the specification, not 512meg of 32 bit RAM, not one gig but 2GB of 64-bit DDR3 RAM!! The processor offers a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 running at 1Ghz plus 2D and 3D GPUs. The wireless interface is described as state of the art, offering 802.11b/g/n/ac. Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS and mobile broadband interfaces. Not your average Pi then.
No, I’m not finished – Gigabit Ethermet, PCIe, SDIO, 2 MIPI, SATA II, RGB555, USB2.0 HS, CAN, SPI, 2 Uarts, 2 I2c and several GPIO ports.
I’m done now.
So there it is – a veritable powerhouse – but is it any good – that will be the subject of my next related blog – you can have as much power as you like but without the software - what use is it? Now, normally I tend to put Debian on these things but I’m half inclined given the claims above, to start with Android. Until the next time.