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LattePanda is a fully functional single board windows 10 PC for <$100

I have a "fun project" at work where I have to interface with a USB 3.0 device and integrate it into a stand-alone network so we can interface with that device remotely.  problem is, I can't spend a lot of money doing it, I'm ending up paying out of pocket for whatever I test with because the person funding the project will not supply me with anything, even $30 devices to test the system functionality. USB2.0 will not work, and 3.0 will but I don't know of any Ethernet switches that use both USB and RJ-45.

I ran into this cool toy and I will be looking into something that is already produced since I need this system up a month ago, not a year from now, however it is a cool system.

"The first 100 people to request a LattePanda can snag one for a pledge of $69. After that the price for an entry-level model goes up to $79.

For that price you get a 3.5″ x 2.8″ computer board with an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and Windows 10 32-bit software pre-loaded.

A pledge of $129 or more gets you a LattePanda Enhanced edition, which has the same processor and basic design. But the Enhanced version comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and Windows 10 64-bit.

Both models have HDMI ports, a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, microSD card slot, audio jack, and Ethernet port. There’s a micro USB port for power.

The LattePanda has an Atmega32u4 co-processor for Arduino features, serial ports, and a touch screen connector.

The team is also offering a Starter Kit pack that includes a a 7 inch display, HDMI cable, and micro USB cable when you make a pledge of $99 (for the basic model) or $149 (for the enhanced model)."

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I like the name. :)

Is it right to think of this as Raspberry Pi for Windows people?

it's a bit more specialized than Pi and definitely more powerful on its own. I had met with a lot of drawbacks to using Pi for my application however if you want to automate a system, build a machine or hack/ browse safely, Pi is great... not so strongly suited for stand alone applications such as running a USB3.0 device and streaming the data real time on gigabit Ethernet  at about 200 Mbps apparently.

Ah, Pi is super cheap whereas Panda has lots of bells and whistles. 

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