SolidRun, a custom developer board maker like Raspberry Pi and BBC Micro Bit, has developed the first micro-system that can run a full-fledged Windows 10 Operating System called the SolidPC SoM IB8000.
This $139 chip will be cost-effective device compatible with Linux, Android and now Windows. In the DIY PC segment, this is a huge leap, as a lot of software developed for running on small robotics and applications can now be run through Windows, making development easier. The Raspberry Pi could technically run Windows 10’s IoT Core version but not the entire OS. The BBC Micro Bit couldn’t even do that.
The board runs some pretty impressive hardware – an Intel Atom E8000 processor that is capable of outputting to 4K. It also gets a smooth 8 Gigabytes of RAM and up to 128GB of flash storage. Windows requires 16GB of storage if it’s planned on being used as a peripheral for the TV to stream. So memory won’t be an issue there. This Micro System on a module is fully equipped to take on the task of outputting those visuals and also functional for running any tinkering software for those who like to invent.
It will further benefit techies who need a solution on the cheap side for compact and capable connectivity through Gigabit Ethernet ports, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, including IR receivers. Of course, not to forget the WiFi and Bluetooth antennas. Now imagine all that in just a 53mm by 40mm area. A PC in a pocket.
If SolidRun uses Intel’s new line of ultra-compact CPUs like the Apollo chipsets, it’ll be a pretty complete solution for a PC alternative. Now although module is available for the above mentioned price, it won’t come pre-installed with Windows 10. That will have to be bought separately. But that’s just as good, because the PC isn’t just meant for that. It’s meant for people to use for their own smart home set up and remote controlling for robotics purposes. It can boot Linux just as well without a hitch so there’s no real drawback here. The option of being able to boot up Windows 10 does seem like a promising proposal.
Internal hardware is becoming increasingly small by the day. Imagine fitting in an SD card reader in it and being able to use SanDisk’s latest 1TB SD card offering. It could also fit in the same housing and provide access to a library of media. The possibilities are endless.