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Atomic Pi Brings Intel to Single-Board Computers

(Image credit: Digital Loggers)

The onslaught of single-board computers continued last week with the debut of Atomic Pi, a product from Digital Loggers that combines the small form factor of a Raspberry Piwith an Intel Atom processor, ostensibly because the company believes it can offer better pricing and performance that way.

Atomic Pi features a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8350 with a 2M cache, a 480MHz GPU and 1.92GHz maximum clock speed. According to Digital Loggers, that "eats [Raspberry Pi] for dessert" and also "beats some desktops." Additionally, it features 2GB DDR3L-1600 memory, 16GB eMMC storage complemented by an SD card slot with support for up to 256GB of additional storage, HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports; as well as Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4 and Wi-Fi.

Other specs include:

  • 9-axis inertial navigation sensor with compass BNO055 
  • Secondary XMOS audio output with class-D power amp
  • TTL serial debug and expansion serial ports up to 3.6Mbps
  • Real time clock and battery
  • JST-style connectors on top 
  • 26-pin header for power and GPIO underneath 

Atomic Pi also features a "legitimate licensed BIOS" that can boot from SD, USB, or Ethernet-connected storage. Digital Loggers said that Linux comes pre-loaded and that Atomic Pi will also run the 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 10 (hopefully the experience is better than it is on a Raspberry Pi). More information about the Atomic Pi is available via an FAQ page on the company's website, a user forum and a dedicated subreddit.

Digital Loggers offers multiple configurations of the Atomic Pi. The base version only includes the board and costs $34. The next model up adds support for a 2.5mm PSU at $39, and another model offers a large breakout board with screw terminals for $49. The company also bundled the Atomic Pi as a Full Developers Kit featuring cameras, a power supply and two Atomic Pi boards for $95 or 24 of the single-board computers for $696.

Atomic Pi is sold via the Digital Loggers store as well as Amazon (opens in new tab). (With Prime shipping, for those who can't wait to get their itty-bitty computer.) The base model is sold out on Amazon, but the Digital Loggers store appears to have everything but the Full Developers Kit in stock.

Nathaniel Mott
Nathaniel Mott

Nathaniel Mott is a freelance news and features writer for Tom's Hardware US, covering breaking news, security, and the silliest aspects of the tech industry.