This week Intel announced some rather shocking news. Its maker board family, i.e.: Edison, Galileo and Joule will be discontinued by the end of 2017.
As an alternative to these boards there are limited options available in the market today. However, we find that the UP family
, x86-based professional maker boards is able to fit the position very well. CPU, graphic power and operating system support from the UP family namely; UP, UP Squared and UP Core, generally perform better than Intel maker boards. This is especially true from a cost perspective, as UP boards with 1GB RAM/16GB eMMC start to sell from $89. This is definitely a highlight when you begin to compare apples with apples.
It is almost effortless to switch to UP or UP Core for any project that was developed using Joule and the ZR300 camera. The reason is because the Intel RealSense team has officially validated their R200 and ZR300 camera with UP and UP Core. Our video link displays how UP Core works with ZR300 camera by using Intel SLAM library.
UP and UP Core are committed to product longevity till the end of 2020 and UP Squared is here to stay till 2024. Since AAEON, the manufacturer, is used for its embedded market support, it remains possible to extend the product lifespan for sizable projects with an additional commercial arrangement.
We’ve put together a specification comparison so you may get acquainted with the UP family. We are here to help you choose the right board for your development. At UP, we strive to bring the best service to our clients, always!