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Raspberry Pi alternative: Khadas pitches $50 VIM3L as 4K home theater PC

A guide to Raspberry Pi in 60 seconds The potential of this fully functional, ridiculously inexpensive little computer is limited only by your imagination.

Its not too late to join the Raspberry Pi bandwagon.
Khadas has opened up pre-orders starting at $50 for its new Raspberry Pi rival, the Khadas VIM3L, which is aimed at home theater PC enthusiasts.  Hardware Hardware to consider adding to your 2020 IT budget More weird but super useful tech gadgets Back to school: 9 gadgets every student needs Best travel tech: Cables, chargers, batteries, and more (ZDNet YouTube) The best alarm clocks of 2019 (CNET) Top desktop-as-a-service providers (TechRepublic) The VIM3L computer comes with Android 9.

0 Pie pre-installed and runs on the Amlogic S905D3 processor with 4K support up to 60 frames per second. Its available for pre-order for $49.99 or as with a CoreELEC HTPC (Home Theater PC) kit including a transparent enclosure, heatsink, Wi-Fi antennas, and remote control for $69.99. Both prices include worldwide shipping.

The board runs on an Amlogic S905D3, a four-core Arm Cortex A55-based CPU, and includes 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 16GB of eMMC flash. It also has Bluetooth 5.0 support, as well as Gigabit LAN, HDMI, USB-C, and USB 2.0 ports. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, launched in June, comes with up to 4GB memory for $55, twice the RAM offered by the Khadas VIM3L.

  However, the new Khadas board also sports a neural processing unit machine-learning accelerator with 512kB internal L2 cache and a 1MB system workspace buffer. Khadas says the NPU supports all the big deep-learning frameworks, including TensorFlow and Caffe.  The price of $49.99 for the board alone and $69.

.99 with the kit is available in the early-bird selling phase from September 3 and is estimated to ship.....

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