Quantum Engineering is gearing up to launch a single-board computer (SBC) designed for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system — and offering optional 4G or 5G cellular connectivity.
"Hackboard is a new SBC that was designed from the ground up to be one of the most powerful and affordable Windows-capable, Intel-based computers ever," the company claims of its design. "With optional 4G or 5G connectivity, it is ideal for students, teachers, families, makers, and hobbyists alike."
"Our goal is to help more people connect to information — and to one another — be it from home, from the office, or from school. Hackboard is a reliable, high-performance platform that is well suited to a large and diverse set of possible projects."
Full specifications for the board, which is considerably larger than Arm-based rivals like the Raspberry Pi 4, have yet to be released. The company has, however, confirmed it plans to use a dual-core 64-bit Intel Celeron processor running at up to 2.8GHz, 4GB of DDR4 memory, and 64GB of eMMC storage with M.2 expansion. The board also includes three USB 3.0 ports, a 40-pin general-purpose input/output (GPIO) header, HDMI 2.0, and headphone connectivity, along with the aforementioned optional cellular connectivity.
Quantum Engineering positions the board as being ideal for everything from entertainment projects, including media servers and games consoles through to home automation and Internet of Things (IoT) projects.
More details, and a link to be notified when the campaign goes live, can be found on the Crowd Supply project page.