Windows 10 Powered, Arduino And RasPi Compatible
If you love the idea of the Raspberry Pi but even the new models just don’t have the processing power you need you should pop by Ars Technica for a look at Seeed Studio’s impressive ChromeBox sized Odyssey. The heart of the system is a four core, four thread Celeron J4105 which can hit 2.5GHz and contains Intel’s UHD 600 graphics along with 8GB LPDDR4 and 64GB of eMMC storage. It ships without a case, but you can pick up Seeed’s re_computer case for $20 if you don’t have one already in mind.
The connectivity options are impressive, there are a pair of Intel I211 1Gbps ethernet ports, a SATA port, an M.2 PCIe 2.0 x4 and an SD card reader to expand your local storage, the USB plugs include two Type A USB 2.0 and a single USB 3.1 as well as a USB 3.1 type-C. It doesn’t stop there however, as there is a second B-key M.2 port, a slot for a SIM card and both a 40 pin Raspberry Pi-compatible GPIO and a 28 pin Arduino header with an Arduino co-processor attached.
While the model Ars reviewed came with Windows 10 Enterprise, you can opt to skip the OS in favour of your own and also save a bit of money too, although at $250 it is already quite a deal. With all of these inputs paired with a decent Celeron processor there is little limitation on what you could do with this the Odyssey. You could turn it into a router, a small file server or even a media server for 1080p content and possibly even some 4K content.
The little device seems like what you'd get if a Chromebox and a Raspberry Pi made sweet, sweet love—it's a Celeron-powered all-in-one system-on-chip (SoC) board, sold without a case, with Raspberry Pi-compatible GPIO headers and an Arduino coprocessor for more hardware-based maker projects.