9 itsy-bitsy, teeny-weenie computers
No, they're not bikinis, but just as exciting
By Howard Wen | Network World US | Published: 17:35, 23 July 2012
There’s a 'tiny' revolution unfolding in the personal computer industry led by the Raspberry Pi, which has become so popular that it’s difficult to buy one right now. The idea of small computers is being driven by hardware hackers and hobbyists. Here are eight products, and a project in development, that are leading the effort to make PCs small enough to slip into your pocket.
Rhombus Tech is a community interest company working to design and distribute free development tools for the 1.2 GHz Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 (used in the aforementioned A1000). And they also have a more ambitious goal: Designing a GPL-compliant tiny computer. The form factor will be the Embedded Open Modular Architecture, most commonly referred to as EOMA-68 (the number 68 refers to the number of pins on its interface connector), which is similar in size to the antiquated PCMCIA card format that measures at a range of thinness from 3.5, 5.5 or 8 mm. The Rhombus Tech team is considering three different versions, using either the Allwinner, AMD Series G, or AM3358 processors