Clockwork Pi, maker of the Nineteen Eighties inpsired DevTerm (opens in new tab) retro laptop with a thermal printer module, has revealed its subsequent venture: the uConsole (opens in new tab). Described by the agency’s founder as a “fantasy console”, it takes the identical core modules because the DevTerm, which means you might have a alternative between Raspberry Pi (opens in new tab), Arm, or RISC-V (opens in new tab) innards.
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Wanting reasonably just like the offspring of a graphing calculator and a BlackBerry in a chunky retro casing, the uConsole contains a five-inch IPS display with a 720p decision. There is a 74-key backlit QWERTY keyboard, which incorporates gamepad-style route and face buttons plus a mini trackball, and a brand new ClockworkPi v3.14 revision 5 mainboard which connects to an array of ports on the aspect together with USB 2.0, USB-C for charging, Micro SD, Micro HDMI, and a headset socket. There is a 40-pin GPIO, a MIPI display interface, and a Mini PCI-E connector for an extension module. There’s built-in Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0 too.
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Just like the DevTerm, the uConsole is constructed round a sequence of modules that plug into the Core board. The Core board contains a SO-DIMM port suitable with Raspberry Pi Compute Module CM3 and Compute Module 4 through an adapter. Similar to DevTerm there are different processor selections for the Core board. These alternate options take the type of Clockwork’s personal Arm-based modules (the A-04, with a quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU, a Mali GPU, and 4GB of DDR3 RAM, or the A-06 which provides a dual-core Cortex-A72 for a complete of six cores, upgrades the GPU, and makes use of 4GB of DDR4 RAM). Then there’s the RISC-V module, the R-01, which solely has one core, no GPU, and 1GB of DDR3. This final module is described as not being for learners.
The extension module that optionally sits within the Mini PCIe socket is a 4G/LTE communication board, which may obtain at as much as 50Mbps relying on the sign energy and availability in your location. It has a normal SIM card slot, its personal headphone jack, and an interface for twin audio system.
The uConsole makes use of two rechargeable 18650 LiPo batteries that aren’t included within the bundle. Software program assist is spectacular, as not solely does it tie in to the Raspberry Pi ecosystem, however Clockwork Pi has its personal Clockwork OS based mostly on Debian Buster, and it has been examined with Debian and Ubuntu too.
The mini laptop is out there for pre-order (opens in new tab) on the Clockwork Pi web site, beginning at $139 for one with an R-01 module, as much as $209 for the extra highly effective (and helpful) A-06 bundle. You may as well purchase the uConsole and not using a core module, although we suspect you received’t get a passable computing expertise from it. Alternatively, you may make your individual casing by 3D printing, as the required information will likely be made out there on GitHub below the GPL v3 license.