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Are there any SBC with Intel CPU that is smaller and lighter than the NUC?

asked 2020-04-06 20:22:51 -0500

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Hi, compared with Intel NUC, are there any smaller and lighter SBC (with or without case is OK) with Intel i5/i7 CPU that can run ROS well on small and light battery? When in an autonomous robot, being able to run for about 10-20 minutes is OK.

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Unfortunately I'm not aware of any SBC that is smaller / lighter than an Intel NUC while having an i5/i7. I can only recommend the Udoo X86 which runs on intel celeron / pentium with a similar size footprint as the intel NUC. However, it is less power hungry (used it personally for an autonomous robot with good ROS support like any x86 desktop). But usually the most power consuming item on the autonomous robot is the motors, not the SBC. However, depending on your use case, it may have too little computational power. Maybe you could provide your use case? Is x86 a requirement? ARM based processors can be even more power efficient if you require low power consumption.

hashirzahir gravatar image hashirzahir  ( 2020-04-07 00:40:26 -0500 )edit

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answered 2020-04-07 01:11:28 -0500

Other options:

  • Anything baring the "ITX-Mini" standard, you'll find a thousand different vendors / options. Lighter since no casing, not footprint small
  • UP boards - there's a proversion that has a I3/5/7 options, I don't know on weight - check with the vendor
  • Googling the tech "mini PC i7" will give you a number of fanless small compute modules from a bunch of vendors
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