Transfer over, Raspberry Pi—Framework has begun transport its standalone Mainboard for fanatics to design their very own single-board computer systems primarily based on highly effective Intel Core processors.
Framework’s glorious modular laptops had been initially designed to permit clients to combine and match parts, one thing that’s comparatively uncommon in a laptop computer. Framework’s Mainboards definitely stay as much as that very best, as they can be utilized to interchange and improve an current Framework laptop computer.
However don’t assume for a minute that Framework supposed to cease there. On Friday, Framework launched a pair of 3D-printable reference designs, together with a VESA mount holder that lets you connect the Mainboard to a monitor or a TV, in addition to a small-form-factor (SFF) case. Framework additionally posted a complementary GitHub repository of CAD and electrical documentation. They’re all open supply, a tacit encouragement so that you can remix and modify the designs as you see match.
Every of the three Mainboards embrace a soldered-on CPU (a Core i5-1135G7, Core i7-1165G7, or a Core i7-1185G7) and vary in value from $449 to $799, although the Mainboards are presently discounted by as much as $250 on the Framework retailer for U.S. clients. You’ll want to produce your personal reminiscence and a USB-C energy adapter. You may also purchase extra storage and different choices through the Framework retailer, too.
And there’s extra to return. “All of it is a place to begin for a broader set of open supply Mainboard documentation to allow creation of totally suitable third-party Mainboards sooner or later,” Framework stated in a weblog publish.
This could all sound pretty acquainted to the DIY group: Raspberry Pi sells its personal single-board computer systems, and leads a supporting group to assist train coding and associated initiatives. Framework stated Friday that it has established a Linux compatibility web page to assist clients discover an applicable Linux distro to be used with the Framework boards. It’s additionally gifting away 100 free Core i5-1135G7 Mainboards to those that apply and submit a possible mission concept for the Mainboard itself.
The one catch to this point is that the brand new Mainboards are solely accessible within the U.S. and Canada, with the UK, Germany, France, Eire, the Netherlands, and Austria coming quickly.
Naturally, the Raspberry Pi group is richer and way more effectively established. Its basis, nevertheless, depends on a comparatively low-performance ARM processor. The Framework Mainboards have the potential to be a, err, framework for a way more highly effective Intel-based SFF PC, and supply an intriguing possibility for the DIY group.