¿R-Pi -=vs=- A-Pi?

A few months ago I was excited to come across a piece of hardware comming in as a contender to challenge the chokehold Raspberry Pi seemed to be forming on the market. The major selling point was seeing the name Intel included. I recall seeing the Edison board at an electronics store 6 or 7 years ago, but the reviews I read told me my funds would be better spent elsewhere.

With the new raspberry pi 4 dropping, I was wondering if anyone has had the pleasure of playing with both of these, and how they stack up.

I gotta say, that I like the fact that the Atomic has quite a few different models for devs.

Base specs are pasted below


  • Genuine Intel Atom x5-Z8350 quad core with 2M Cache. Runs up to 1.92GHz with a 480MHz GPU. Eats RPi for dessert. Beats some desktops.
  • Loaded with memory: 2GB DDR3L-1600, 16GB eMMC, SD slot for adding more - up to 256GB
  • Full HDMI port with Intel HD Graphics & primary audio out
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports
  • Fast dual band WiFI b/g/n/ac 2.4 & 5GHz WiFi RT5572 IPX connectors on board
  • Bluetooth 4.0 CR8510
  • Gigabit hardwired RJ45 Ethernet RTL8111G
  • Peripheral 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 & battery
  • JST style connectors on top and a 26-pin header for power & GPIO below.
  • Runs on 5V. Typically 4-15 watts.
  • Legitimate licensed BIOS boots from SD, USB, or Ethernet. Linux comes preloaded… Yes, it’ll run Win10 32 or 64.
  • Large full breakout shield available with screw terminals for easy wiring, or order just the CPU and provide your own wiring.

Raspberry Pi 4

Raspberry Pi 4 specs

  • SoC: Broadcom BCM2711B0 quad-core A72 (ARMv8-A) 64-bit @ 1.5GHz
  • GPU: Broadcom VideoCore VI
  • Networking: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless LAN
  • RAM: 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • GPIO: 40-pin GPIO header, populated
  • Storage: microSD
  • Ports: 2 × micro-HDMI 2.0, 3.5 mm analogue audio-video jack, 2 × USB 2.0, 2 × USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, Camera Serial Interface (CSI), Display Serial Interface (DSI)
  • Dimensions: 88 mm × 58 mm × 19.5 mm, 46 g

Originally I was excited about the Atomic Pi, but I think this video showed me it might not be everything I am looking for in a SBC.

Seeing the side by side size comparison, combined with the odd GPIO power supply might be a bit of a deal breaker indeed.

I looked into the LattePanda that he mentioned, carries quite the price tag, but the titan case looks sleek.

Unfortunately, the boards themselves seem to bounce from 200 - 400. Unfortunately my funds top out at 25 schmeckles when it comes to my toy projects right now.

Thanks for throwing that up there.

Edit: Found a $90 version on the site. Still a bit high, but wouldn’t want someone who skims the post to next the idea based on the numbers I have up.

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