Chinese electronics manufacturer LattePanda, which released two generations of single-board computers powered by Intel CPUs, has taken the cover off its latest product, the LattePanda 3 Delta. twitter account (opens in new tab) And last year’s Kickstarter campaign.
It’s no surprise to discover that the board uses an Intel CPU. Arduino Leonardo (opens in new tab) coprocessor. This unusual addition is an ATmega32u4 (a RISC-based microcontroller) with built-in USB, which appears to the attached computer as a keyboard and mouse, and a virtual COM port.
Slightly larger than the Raspberry Pi at 125 x 78 x 16 mm (4.9 inches x 3.1 inches x 0.6 inches), the 3 Delta can run desktop versions of both Linux and Windows. The Celeron N5105 (4 Jasper Lake cores, 4 threads, 10W power consumption at 2.9GHz) is backed by 8GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC. An M.2 NVME SSD can be inserted into one of the slots, while the other slot is compatible with SATA drives or mobile data modems. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 onboard, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, 3 USB 3.2 Type-A ports (one of which is 10Gbps Gen 2), Type-C port for power (there is another 12v input), data, and DisplayPort. There is also a 3.5mm audio/mic jack.
GPIO pins are located on both sides of the board, with 3.3v and 5v power outputs on one side and Arduino and BIOS pins including RS232, USB 2, I2C, audio, and system control pins on the other side . The CPU needs active cooling, so a board with a fan header on one end and a shroud-like blower cooler looks like the inside of a small graphics card or an old Mac Mini.
If you have the ability to run Windows (I tend to put a lightweight Linux distribution such as Mint’s Xfce Edition). (opens in new tab) The possibilities of what you can do with this board are endless, especially considering its compatibility with Arduino and 4K touchscreens. However, it may not be completely silent as it requires active cooling.