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The CI20 - Deal or No Deal?

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If you haven’t heard already, chip designer Imagination has announced their new board, the Creator CI20.

So what does the CI20 have that the Raspberry Pi doesn’t?

The CI20 boasts a more powerful processor, as well as more RAM and storage. Obviously, with a new competitor on the market, it’s safe to assume Raspberry Pi will be able to meet (and likely exceed) these specs in the near future.

The more impressive feat is that the CI20 will have built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, something none of the other competitors, including Raspberry Pi, can offer.

The only drawback is the price. Launching in January, the CI20 will cost $65 USD, almost twice the cost of the Raspberry Pi. Sure, the performance will be an appealing sell for some (especially Android developers), but it’s unlikely the board will catch on to the extent Raspberry Pi has.

If you’re curious, here are the specs, taken from Imagination’s Press Release:

  • Processor: 1.2 GHz dual-core, MIPS32-based Ingenic JZ4780 SoC, 32kB L1 I- and D-cache, 512kB L2 cache
  • FPU: IEEE754 Floating Point Unit, XBurst MXU
  • Multimedia: PowerVR SGX540 GPU, hardware-accelerated video playback up to 1080p at 60 fps
  • Memory: 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 4 GB flash memory, 1 x SD card
  • Audio: AC97 audio, via 4-pin input/output jack and HDMI connector
  • Camera interface: ITU-R BT.645 controller
  • Connectivity: 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Display: 1 x HDMI up to 2K resolution
  • USB: 1 x USB host, 1 x USB OTG device
  • I/O peripherals: 2 x UART, 25 x GPIO, 2 x SPI, I2C, ADC, expansion headers, 14-pin ETAG connector
So what do you think? Is this something you'd be interested in? Or is the Raspberry Pi here to stay? Share your thoughts below.

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