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High-performance Raspberry Pi alternatives

Want a high-performance single-board computer for a project? Here are some of the very best currently available.
Huawei HiKey 960
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Huawei HiKey 960

The Huawei HiKey 960 is essentially a PC running Android.

At a whopping $239 it's not cheap, but it certainly has the horsepower to handle whatever task you want to throw at it.

  • Kirin 960 SoC Quad Core ARM (4 x 2.3GHz ARM A73 cores, and 4 x 1.8GHz ARM A53 cores)
  • ARM Mali G71 MP8 GPU
  • 3GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • 32GB of UFS flash storage

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Udoo Quad

A $135 quad-core board that's just as at home running Android as it is Linux.

  • Freescale i.MX 6 ARM Cortex-A9 quad core 1GHz CPU
  • Vivante GC 2000 + Vivante GC 355 + Vivante GC 320 GPU
  • Integrated accelerators for 2D, OpenGL ES2.0 3D and OpenVG
  • Atmel SAM3X8E ARM Cortex-M3 CPU (same as Arduino Due)
  • RAM DDR3 1GB
  • 76 fully available GPIO: 62 digital + 14 digital/analog
  • Arduino-compatible R3 1.0 pinout
  • HDMI and LVDS + Touch2 Micro USB (1 OTG type a+b)

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Arduino INDUSTRIAL 101
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Arduino INDUSTRIAL 101

A $40 Arduino that's idea for integration into a commercial or industrial product.

  • Atheros AR9331 processor
  • 64MB of RAM
  • 16MB of flash storage
  • USB 2.0

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Banana Pi M3

Banana Pi M3 is a super charged single board computer with an Octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM. It also features Gigabit Ethernet, 2 USB, SATA, WiFi, Bluetooth, and HDMI connection. It can run on a variety of operating systems including Android, Lubuntu, Ubuntu, Debian, and Raspbian.

  • Octa-core 1.8GHz CPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 8 GB eMMC flash storage
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth onboard

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cloudBit
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cloudBit

The easiest way to create internet­-connected devices - no programming, soldering or wiring required. IFTTT support allows it to connect with any web service, like Facebook, Gmail and Twitter, or hardware like NEST and Philips HUE.

All for just $59.95.

  • Freescale i.MX23 ARM926EJ-S processor
  • 64MB of RAM
  • 802.11b/g/n

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Parallella
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Parallella

The Parallella computer is a high performance, credit card sized computer based on the Epiphany multi-core chips from Adapteva. Starting at $99, the Parallella can be used as a standalone computer, an embedded device or as a component in a scaled out parallel server cluster.

  • 16-core Epiphany RISC SOC
  • Zynq SOC (FPGA + ARM A9)
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1GB SDRAM
  • Micro-SD storage
  • Up to 48 GPIO pins
  • HDMI, USB (optional)

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Intel Edison with Kit for Arduino

At around $92, the Intel name doesn't come cheap, but this Arduino-compatible board is turning out to be a popular choice.

  • Dual-core, dual-threaded Intel Atom CPU with a 32-bit Intel Quark microcontroller
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of flash storage
  • Integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Support for Yocto Linux, Python, Node.js and Wolfram

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    PixiePro
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    PixelPro

    The PixelPro features a i.MX6Q Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 running at 1.0 GHz, with 2D and 3D GPUs and an embedded 2GB 64-bit DDR3 RAM, which means that it is capable of running rich multimedia applications, embedded web servers, digital entertainment systems, industrial control systems, and high definition video.

    At $129.95, the PixelPro is not cheap, but you get a lt of power for the cash.

    • Freescale i.MX6Q SoC Quad Core ARM Cortex-A9 up to 1GHz
    • 2GB of RAM
    • WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • PCIe x1
    • USB 2.0

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