Undoubtedly, the Raspberry Pi is one of the maximum references in the world of single-board computers (SBC). The single board computers They have become popular thanks to projects of this type, which promote access to computing with low-cost components. In fact, the possibility of having a fully functional PC that fits in the palm of the hand means that certain barriers are being broken more and more easily. And there comes the new PICO-TGU4, by AAEON.
It is an SBC almost as small as a Raspberry Pi, but capable of offering beastly power. This is because comes equipped with 11th generation Intel Core chips (Tiger Lake). Logically, that difference in performance is not gratuitous.
According to the AAEON online store, the PICO-TGU4 with i3 processor costs 615 dollars, while the variant with an i5 reaches US $ 949. The company also promotes an i7 version, although it does not appear for sale at the moment. On the other hand, the price of the new Raspberry Pi 4 B in the United States starts at a modest $ 35 for the 2 GB RAM version. Meanwhile, the 8GB variant is not inaccessible at US $ 75.
AAEON PICO-TGU4, a Raspberry Pi-style SBC that boasts great power
Other outstanding specifications of this new single board computer are the LPDDR4x RAM memory up to 32GB and support for storage via the SATA III interface. It also incorporates ports for ethernet connectivity, USB 2.0 and 3.2, and HDMI.
But that’s not all, as this Raspberry Pi-style miniPC also boasts two expansion slots. One is the M.2 2280 that supports “next-generation AI accelerators.” The other is the Mini PCIe, to add extra storage, Bluetooth or WiFi.
Without a doubt, we are talking about a spectacular SBC. It is more than clear that the AAEON PICO-TGU4 points to a use that does not resemble the Raspberry Pi at all. But if you’re looking for an ultra-compact computing solution, you might find it here, as long as you’re willing to spend $ 600 to $ 1,000 for the hardware. On the other hand, its creators recommend accompany it with a cooler and a heat sink, which are logically sold separately.