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New $29 Pine64 computer takes on Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3

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NewsHubRaspberry Pi’s new Compute Module 3 has serious competition coming its way from the maker of the Pine64 board computer.
The new SOPINE A64 64-bit computing module is a smaller version of the popular US$15 Pine64 computer.
It was announced the same week as the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3, which is a smaller version of the popular namesake board, was released.
At $29, the SOPINE A64 roughly matches the price of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3, which ranges from $25 to $30. The new SOPINE will ship in February, according to the website.
The SOPINE A64 can’t operate as a standalone computer like the Pine64. It needs to be plugged in as a memory slot inside a computer.
But if you want a full-blown computer, Pine64 also sells the $15 SOPINE Baseboard Model-A, which “complements the SOPINE A64 Compute Module and turns it into a full single board computer,” according to the company.
The $29 SOPINE A64 will plug into a memory slot of the $15 baseboard to form a full-blown computer.

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