The Thunderberry5 SBC

8-Core, Qualcomm-Powered SBC Set to Tackle Raspberry Pi, Options Embedded RP2040

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The market is stuffed with Raspberry Pi clones that promise to be sooner, cheaper or have extra ports. Nonetheless, most of those single-board computer systems use low-cost processors from lower-end manufacturers resembling RockChip and Mediatek. A brand new participant, the Thunderberry5, makes use of a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, the identical model discovered in lots of main model telephones, tablets and Arm-powered laptops.

An upcoming board from French firm MakeMyBoard, Thunderberry5 claims to be “the primary Raspberry Pi-like SBC based mostly on Qualcomm AI-CPU” and powering the present is a Qualcomm QCS610 Snapdragon. The Kryo 460 Octa-core CPU is powered by two Gold 2.2 GHz cores, and 6 Silver 1.8 GHz cores. That appears like it might be sooner than the 1.5 to 1.8-GHz CPU within the Raspberry Pi 4 B, however we would not know for positive with out testing.

The SoC’s Qualcomm AI Engine (AI Stack and Neural Processing Engine) supplies the ability for common AI duties, making the board an attention-grabbing platform for machine studying and robotics. Graphics duties are carried out by an Adreno 612, clocked at as much as 845 MHz. Thunderberry5 comes with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB of eMMC 5.1 on which the OS selections are presently Android 10 or Yocto embedded Linux. 

(Picture credit score: Make My Board / Luigi Grasso)

The curveball with this board is the embedded RP2040 microcontroller. An embedded microcontroller is not new. We have now reviewed Seeed’s Odyssey and LattePanda 3 Delta, every of which had an Intel CPU and an Arduino appropriate Atmel microcontroller. However, that is the primary board that we have now come throughout to characteristic the RP2040 as an embedded microcontroller. 

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