The LattePanda Mu Packs an Intel N100 Processor Into a Compact Computer-on-Module

"The LattePanda Mu demonstrates superior CPU performance compared to the Raspberry Pi 5," the company says of its creation.

Gareth Halfacree
2 months agoHW101

Embedded electronics specialist LattePanda has announced a new device in its family of compact x86-architecture computing gadgets: the LattePanda Mu, a "micro x86 compute module" built around Intel's N100 processor.

"I am filled with confidence and passion for this innovative product. LattePanda Mu is not just a micro x86 compute module; it is a breakthrough design solution that offers users unlimited customization possibilities," claims LattePanda Mu product manager WangBo of the new design.

"With its powerful computing performance, GPU capabilities that surpass traditional options, and flexible thermal design power range, it becomes the ideal choice for various applications and performance needs. The customization options of the LattePanda Mu allow users to design carrier boards according to their requirements, providing perfect solutions for diverse application scenarios."

Built around the 64-bit Intel Processor N110, the LattePanda Mu has four cores running at up to 3.4GHz, 8GB LPDDR5 with in-band error correcting code (IBECC) support, and an optional 64GB eMMC module for on-board storage. Between the edge connector and other ports, it offers a single Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) 1.4 output and three HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.4 outputs of which any three can be active simultaneously, four USB 3.2 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports two SATA 3.0 ports, nine PCI Express 3.0 lanes, and up to 64 general-purpose input/output (GPIO) pins including four UART and four I2C buses.

As a computer-on-module (COM), the LattePanda Mu isn't usable as a single-board computer; instead, it requires a carrier board — an while LattePanda has come up with its own designs, the LattePanda Mu Lite Carrier and Full-Function Evaluation Carrier, it's also making reference designs available as KiCad projects for makers to design their own carriers. This, the company claims, is made easier by the choice to integrate "the most intricate components" on the module itself to simplify carrier board design.

The LattePanda Mu is now available to order on the DFRobot store at $149 for the first 100 orders, a discount from a planned $190 retail price, including the LattePanda Mu with no eMMC storage, the Lite Carrier board, and an active heatsink and fan assembly but no power supply; a bundle with the Full-Function Evaluation Carrier is available for $200, an early-bird discount from a planned $240 retail price.

More information on the LattePanda Mu is available on the LattePanda website.

Gareth Halfacree
Freelance journalist, technical author, hacker, tinkerer, erstwhile sysadmin. For hire: freelance@halfacree.co.uk.
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