Another low cost solution for QLC+

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Massimo Callegari

Another low cost solution for QLC+

Post by Massimo Callegari » Sun Dec 07, 2014 12:42 am

After a few days of research, I ended up doing another experiment to offer you QLC+ users another low cost solution to run your lights.

I have written an extensive article about it with an overview and some techy bits to help you understand the various shades of this alternative.
Hope it helps !

Feel free to comment here if you have questions or opinions about it.

Santiago Benejam Torres

Another low cost solution for QLC+

Post by Santiago Benejam Torres » Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:51 am

The pcDuino3 Nano looks great, low power comsumption and more powerful than RPi.

I recently bought this [mini-ITX motherboard](http://www.pccomponentes.com/asrock_q1900_itx.html) to make/renew an HTPC.
There are less powerful boards that are a bit cheaper. These motherboard comes with built in processor, you must only add memory and a case. But are cheaper than many other motherboard + processor solutions. Maybe this motherboards are a good option too.
I installed Ubuntu 14.04 in a few minutes and all devices are working without problems.

Massimo Callegari

Another low cost solution for QLC+

Post by Massimo Callegari » Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:05 pm

Hi Santiago, yes, there are plenty of so called "mini PC" alternatives
(e.g. http://www.solid-run.com/shop/)

But:
- in general they are expensive
- the more you get close to the "PC" world, the slower is the boot process
- they don't usually have the typical IO of embedded devices (GPIO, I2C, SPI, etc...)

Basically the whole point of my research is:
- stick around $35
- full support for QLC+ (including Qt5 audio/video)
- boot as fast as possible for standalone solutions (around 30 seconds is ideal)

Massimo Callegari

Another low cost solution for QLC+

Post by Massimo Callegari » Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:39 am

Wow, I think I have just found the next step after PcDuino3 !

http://www.hardkernel.com/main/products ... &tab_idx=1

Funny the sentence "Don't put up with the slow single core computer anymore." ... with a purely anonymous reference to the Raspberry Pi ! :)

Start shipping Dec 16th. Gonna see if I can get one soon and then I'll let you guys know how it goes.

Massimo Callegari

Another low cost solution for QLC+

Post by Massimo Callegari » Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:25 pm

Ehm...it's the same one I posted 5 days ago :)

Santiago Benejam Torres

Another low cost solution for QLC+

Post by Santiago Benejam Torres » Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:29 pm

Oops! Sorry. I had not seen the previous link. ;-)

Zeph

Another low cost solution for QLC+

Post by Zeph » Thu Jan 01, 2015 5:10 pm

Here are my experiences with the new HardKernel ODROID-C1 and QLC+:
[ODROID-C1](https://sourceforge.net/p/qlcplus/discu ... /e26fcf30/)

David Robarts

Another low cost solution for QLC+

Post by David Robarts » Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:56 pm

While the ODROID-C1 looks like it will be a nice upgrade from a RasberryPi for many QLC+ users, for anyone interested in the pcDuino (I could see someone getting creative with the arduino style headers), I did find a page on kernel building for it: http://www.pcduino.com/how-to-build-kernel-for-pcduino/

Also it looks to me like Ubunto 14.04 for pcDuino has been built. http://www.linksprite.com/?page_id=864

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