The Banana Pi BPI-M4 Zero is a tiny computer board or single board computer with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, 2GB LPDDR4 memory, 8GB eMMC flash memory, and a familiar form factor: it’s about the same size and shape as a Raspberry Pi Zero and even features a 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible header.
The latest version of Raspberry Pi Zero has micro USB ports, BPI-M4 Zero has USB-C ports. Although both single board computers are equipped with Cortex-A53 processors, the Raspberry Pi 2 Zero W is equipped with a Broadcom BCM2710A chip clocked at 1 GHz, and the BPI-M4 Zero is equipped with an Allwinner H618 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. The same chip is used in another Raspberry Pi Zero clone – Orange Pi Zero 2W.
Banana Pi BPI-M4 Zero received the following ports and connectors:
- 1 x mini HDMI 2.0a;
- 1 USB Type-C OTG port supporting 5V/3A input voltage;
- 1 x USB Type C;
- 1 microSD card reader;
- 1 24-pin FPC (1 USB 2.0, 1 Ethernet 100 Mbps, 1 IR);
- 1 x 40-pin connector;
- 1 Wi-Fi 5 and BT 4.2 module.
The board has two status LEDs, a wireless antenna, and two hardware keys, including a reset button.
The Banana Pi BPI-M4 Zero measures 65 x 30 mm. The price has not yet been announced.
Cleaners in London discovered two copies of the world’s first mass-produced personal computer, Q1, under the rubble of boxes.
London-based waste collection company Just Clear discovered two computers under boxes during another house cleaning. It turned out that these were the very first production PCs.
The company’s employees did not know what they had found, and could not even find the information on the Internet. But the head of Just Clear turned to specialists, who determined that the cleaners had discovered two copies of the Q1 computer from the Q1 Corporation. They were released in 1972, and only a few copies were delivered to the UK. This PC is based on an Intel 8008 processor and also has 16 KB of memory.
The two PCs are currently on display at a technology exhibition at Kingston University in Surrey. They will later be sold at auction.
L-shaped computer power supply from a renowned manufacturer. Lian Li presented a line of unusual Edge power supplies
Lian Li has introduced a series of Edge computer power supplies that stand out for their extremely unusual shape.
As you can see, these blocks have a protrusion on which all the main power connectors are located. This L-shape makes it easier to access the connectors in a number of cases. Lian Li herself says that she created such blocks specifically for two-chamber cases. However, the manufacturer adds that its new product will be compatible with most other cases on the market.
In addition to the usual power connectors, the unit has a USB hub for expanded access to internal USB ports on the system board.
The first-born of the line will be the flagship unit with a power of 1300 W with an 80 Plus Platimun certificate, but then more affordable ones with an 80 Plus Gold certificate and a power of 850 and 1000 W will appear.
Gaming laptop running Linux. Juno Computers introduced Saturn 17 v5: 165 Hz, 10-core Core i7-13620H, GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop and Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
The British manufacturer of laptops, mini-PCs and tablets introduced a new laptop model called Saturn 17 v5. This model runs Linux: the buyer can choose Ubuntu 22.04 LTS or Ubuntu 23.10 as the pre-installed OS.
The Saturn 17 v5 is equipped with a 10-core Core i7-13620H. RAM capacity – 16, 32 or 64 GB, SSD – 512 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB (there is also a second M.2 slot).
The screen is characterized by a diagonal of 17.3 inches, a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and a frame rate of 165 Hz. The basic version has a 3D accelerator Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop, more expensive versions have a GeForce RTX 4060 or GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop.
The cost of the Saturn 17 v5 in the basic configuration with a GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of flash memory is $1,400.
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