Video: The Making of Intel's $200 open-source MinnowBoard

Posted by Trent Nouveau

The $200 MinnowBoard - developed by Santa Clara and CircuitCo Electronics - is a motherboard that measures 4 inches (10.16 centimeters) by 4 inches, sans casing.

As previously discussed on TG Daily, the MinnowBoard is the first open-source PC to hit the market with an Intel x86 processor. Indeed, the board’s schematics and design files are published and can be replicated under a Creative Commons license.

Nevertheless, the MinnowBoard is more expensive than ARM or Arduino boards and employs older hardware, such as a 1GHz Intel Atom E640 processor from 2010. However, the MinnowBoard is still significantly cheaper than most x86-based PCs and will likely appeal to devs interested in coding and testing commercial apps before they go live.

Key MinnowBoard hardware specs include 1GB of DDR2 memory, an HDMI port, Gigabit ethernet, USB ports and a micro-SD slot for expandable storage.

The MinnowBoard is currently available from a number of online retailers including Digi-Key, Farnell, Mouser Electronics and Newark.