VoCore: Computer which is smaller than a SDcard

 

VoCore Linux Computer

[Image source: vocore.io]

As the time is passing by, mini computer boards are getting more and more popular. Single board computers like Raspberry Pi, CHIP, OrangePi etc. are being endorsed by makers and DIY enthusiasts to create new innovations

If you are a tech loving person then you must have heard of raspberry pi and its glory. Everyone loves Raspberry Pi because of it’s small size design, many DIY hacks and a very low cost. Sure it cannot run the latest games, but it is very affordable and extremely helpful in developing nations. Okay, i talked enough about the Raspberry Pi. Now what if you needed even smaller computer? VoCore is the answer. This smaller than a regular SDcard Computer is all you need for you next automated garage door ( only if you are planning to build one :p )

VoCore is an Open source project which runs OpenWRT based on linux. With this tiny device you can build your own WiFi router, automation system and much more. The computer is much more like a very tiny Raspberry Pi, Just like the Raspberry Pi the VoCore is also a single board computer, which means SoC, WiFi modem, USB ports etc. are on a single printed circuit board.

In more simpler language, you’ll be able to use this computer as a standalone device or use it as an embedded component of your larger system. It comes with included Dock that extends to connect USB and Ethernet ports to improve the functionality of the computer.

Technical specification of the VoCore:

This tiny piece of tech has 32MB SDRAM, and 8MB SPI Flash. It provides many interfaces like 10/100M Ethernet, USB, UART, I2C, I2S, PCM, JTAG and over 20 GPIOs.

  • Ralink/ Mediatek 360 MHz RT5350 processor based on MIPS architecture
  • Integrates a 802.11n MAC, baseband, radio, FEM & 5-port 10/100Mbps Ethernet switch
  • On Board WiFi adapter
  • openWRT linux

The open source nature of the VoCore means that you will get its full hardware design and source code. This will allow you to control every part of this tiny Linux computer.

Originally written by kalpesh.

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