This miniPC looks like a Raspberry Pi, but it is based on the Intel Core 11th Gen and is much more powerful (and expensive)

The prodigious Raspberry Pi has been demonstrating for years what it is capable of, but during all this time alternatives of all colors have not happened. One of the last is the one that Aaeon raises with his PICO-TGU4, a miniPC that at first glance appears to be very similar but actually only shares that “raw design” with the RPi.

In fact, this miniPC has 11th Gen Intel Core processors and up to 32GB RAM, something that turns them into true process beasts in a format that deceives. What does not deceive is its price, and the version with the Core i5 costs 949 dollars. With that money one can buy a few Raspberry Pi 4s.

Looks are deceiving

Of course, the approach of both products is very different: while the Raspberry Pi are perfect in fields such as education or makers, this miniPC is rather oriented to serve as a server or as a small workstation in which, for example, work with applications in the field of artificial intelligence and Edge Computing, say its creators.

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Aaeon is a subsidiary of ASUS, and with this proposal of course raises a miniPC capable of giving a lot of room for maneuver. It can be found with 11th Gen Intel Core G i3, i5 and Celeron processors (with integrated graphics and HDMI 2.0b output), as well as configurations with up to 32GB of LPDDR4x RAM.

Two expansion ports are added to this: the M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 that allows you to connect both SSDs and “AI accelerators”, and also a “Mini Card” slot that we can use to add extra storage, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity or more options. The board, by the way, has a TPM 2.0 chip, which will theoretically allow Windows 11 to be installed on it.

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We have two Ethernet ports (one 2.5 GbE and one GbE) and two USB-A ports with USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface, but to them are added another six USB connections (two of them USB 3.2 Gen 1 and another four USB 2.0) on the motherboard. We also have two unique RS-232 serial ports and a headphone jack, an 8-bit GPIO port and an I2C / SMBUS port to further expand the versatility in the connectivity section.

That enormous power does not come cheap, of course. The Core i3 version is $ 615, and the Core i5 version is $ 949., something that of course makes it clear that we are very far from the orientation of the much more modest Raspberry Pi. They may be alike in format, but certainly not in everything else (and that’s a good thing).

Via | ZDNet
More information | Aaeon


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