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[Updated: Dec. 25, 2015] — Linaro has launched an open-source spec for ARM SBCs called “96Boards,” first available in a $129 “HiKey” SBC, featuring a Huawei octa-core Cortex-A53 SoC. Linaro, the ARM-backed not-for-profit engineering organization that has aimed to standardize open source Linux and Android software for Cortex-A processors, is now trying to do the same thing for hardware. Linaro, which is owned by ARM and many of its top system-on-chip licensees, has launched 96Boards.org, a cross between a single board computer hacker community and an x86-style hardware standards organization.
Marvell and Action Technology are also prepping 96Boards-compatible products. (See farther below for more on the CE spec, the HiKey board, and the Marvell news.)
The 96Boards initiative will offer a series of specs for small-footprint 32- and 64-bit Cortex-A boards “from the full range of ARM SoC vendors,” says Linaro. The specs will support the mobile, embedded, digital home, networking, and even server segments. It will target software developers, t...