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Fedora Aarch64 on the SolidRun HoneyComb LX2K

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Almost a year has passed since the HoneyComb development kit was released by SolidRun. I remember reading about this Mini-ITX Arm workstation board being released and thinking “what a great idea.” Then I saw the price and realized this isn’t just another Raspberry Pi killer. Currently that price is $750 USD plus shipping and duty. Niche devices like the HoneyComb aren’t mass produced like the simpler Pi is, and they pack in quite a bit of high end tech. Eventually COVID lockdown boredom got the best of me and I put a build together. Adding a case and RAM, the build ended up costing about $1100 shipped to London. This is a recount of my experiences and the current state of using Fedora on this fun bit of hardware.

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SolidRun CuBox-M is a 2 inch i.MX8M mini PC with Android

  • SolidRun CuBox-M is a 2 inch i.MX8M mini PC with Android and Linux support

    SolidRun’s new CuBox-M is a tiny computer stuffed into a cube-shaped box that measures 2″ x 2″ x 2″.

    The little is powered by either a dual-core or quad-core NXP i.MX8M ARM Cortex-A53 processor, features support for AI, machine learning, and natural language processing, and support for Android or Linux.

Ultra mini-PC with i.MX8M Plus starts at $99

  • Ultra mini-PC with i.MX8M Plus starts at $99

    SolidRun’s 50 x 50 x 50mm “CuBox-M” mini-PC runs Android 11 or Linux 4.9 on NXP’s NPU-equipped i.MX8M Plus along with up to 8GB LPDDR4, 8GB eMMC, HDMI 2.0, 2x USB, and GbE with optional PoE.

    SolidRun has announced the latest in its line of 8-cubic-inch CuBox ultra mini-PCs and the first enclosed computer we have seen based on NXP’s AI-enabled i.MX8M Plus. The CuBox-M Micro Desktop Computer sells for $99 or $120 with a PoE option, both with the quad-core i.MX8M Plus.

This cube-shaped Raspberry Pi alternative can run both Android

  • This cube-shaped Raspberry Pi alternative can run both Android and Linux

    The CuBox-M is a micro desktop computer, much like the Raspberry Pi, that’s stuffed into a cube-shaped box that’s small enough to fit in your palm.

    Designed by Tel Aviv-based SolidRun, the CuBox-M measures just 2″x2″x2″, but still packs enough juice to make it usable for all kinds of uses, from IoT to edge computing.

    "Not everyone working on Arm-based IoT software wants an exposed SBC (single-board computer) lying on their desk with wires hanging out of it. Sometimes a software developer or machine learning researcher just wants a streamlined system to test their product on, be it an Android application or a new Edge-based AI inference algorithm," said SolidRun's chief systems architect Jon Nettleton.

SolidRun CuBox-M 2-inch Arm Linux/Android mini PC packs a 2.3

  • SolidRun CuBox-M 2-inch Arm Linux/Android mini PC packs a 2.3 TOPS AI accelerator

    SolidRun first introduced the tiny CuBox Arm Linux mini PC in 2011, with the device based on a Marvell Armada 510 dual-core Armv7 processor, and followed in 2013 with the launch of the CuBox-i family powered by Freescale i.MX 6 single to quad-core Cortex-A9 processor.

    The company moved to NXP i.MX 8M processor in 2018 with the introduction of CuBox Pulse, and now they’ve introduced their first Cubox mini PC with a built-in AI accelerator. Meet CuBox-M mini PC powered by NXP i.MX 8M Plus quad-core Cortex-A53 processor with a 2.3 TOPS NPU.

CuBox-M: A tiny mini-PC that supports machine learning

  • CuBox-M: A tiny mini-PC that supports machine learning, natural language processing, Android and Linux

    SolidRun has announced a mini-PC that rivals the size of devices like the LarkBox. While the latter runs on an Intel processor, SolidRun has equipped its mini-PC with an NXP i.MX 8M processor, along with up to 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The CuBox-M is available in two variants, although both have a quad-core i.MX 8M Plus chipset and 8 GB of eMMC flash storage.

    The cheapest of the two costs US$99 and comes with 1 GB of RAM, with SolidRun charging US$160 for 4 GB of RAM and Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connectivity. All models come with a Gigabit Ethernet connection though, and two USB 3.0 ports for connecting peripherals. Meanwhile, an HDMI 2.0 port handles video output; SolidRun has included a microSD card reader and a micro USB port, too.

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