RPi Zero clones ?

Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by AA7EJ, Dec 5, 2018.

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  1. AA7EJ

    AA7EJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Unfortunately I cannot post this without mentioning the "Raspberry foundation" name , so usual disclaimer -
    I do not work for them nor it is my intend to advertise their product here.

    Run into annoying snag coding for RPi Zero - the ARM processor used is not "cross compiler" friendly.

    Found something called "Banana Pi" - again no advertising intended - same physical format , similar processing abilities , but DIFFERENT processor.

    My HAM RADIO project - VNA - was designed for Zero physical format so that is the limiting factor.

    So far I found very little about actual usage of BPi , so I am looking for anybody who is technically familiar with this piece of hardware.
    Or with any other clones of similar properties , but NO Arduino , please.

    I do not need advise where to get BPi.

    73 Shirley
  2. KX4OM

    KX4OM Ham Member QRZ Page

    "Top five Raspberry Pi Zero Alternatives" is a Duckduckgo.com search return, and some use ARM, but a different version from the Pi Zero. Also, some do not use ARM. There is always FPGA, if you really want to go deep: Design yourself an SDR from scratch; PA3FWM did. Surely FPGA and Verilog HDML can handle a VNA homebrew project.

    Ted, KX4OM
  3. AA7EJ

    AA7EJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks Ted.
    There are many other sites , some with "pro /con evaluation".
    This all basically supports my "opinion" that good project specification is a must to avoid "mishaps" like I am experiencing.

    But my excuse is - it is hard to cover every base.

    73 Shirley
  4. KX4OM

    KX4OM Ham Member QRZ Page

    There is an article on Hackaday today about ARM that includes compiling. See the comments.

    Ted, KX4OM
  5. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I like twisting my ARM :)

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