[time-nuts] RPi/ beagle bone-like computer without video

jimlux jimlux at earthlink.net
Thu Dec 1 06:55:48 EST 2016

On 11/30/16 11:08 PM, Chris Albertson wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 12:42 PM, jimlux <jimlux at earthlink.net> wrote:
>> I'm looking for a small linux single board - similar to RPi or Beaglebone
>> Black, but don't need the HDMI, or video stuff.
>> Preferably without weird connectors, and available for wide temperature
>> ranges (it's for a data logger/collector in the field)
> Does it really need to run Linux?   If you can give up Linux then there are
> MANY ARM Cortex M SBCs that are tiny and run on literally micro amps and
> sell for under $5.   You can run a very small-footprint RTOS on the Cortex
> M that can do "hard" real-time as well is some multitasking and even
> network.

Yes.. Theres a bunch of software to run on it that already exists, and 
needs Linux.

> If you really need Linux and it needs to be small and low cost and low
> power, then look at the "Pi Zero".  It is a very small Pi that sells for
> only $5.   It has video but just don't plug in the cable.

The Pizero and Pi A are about the same power: 400 mW with Wifi off, idle;

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