toggle

AAPL Stock: 110.37 ( -1.97 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Microsoft opens pre-orders for Sharks Cove Windows development board

updated 10:49 am EDT, Tue July 29, 2014

Sharks Cove takes after Raspberry Pi as SoC board with external connections

Microsoft has worked with Intel and CircuitCo to create a Windows development board in a similar vein to the Raspberry Pi. Available to pre-order, the Sharks Cove is a System-on-Chip "Windows compatible hardware development board" meant to help developers work on software and drivers for smartphones, tablets, and other devices with a similar architecture.

At the heart of Sharks Cove is a quad-core Intel Atom processor with a 2MB cache, Intel HD graphics, and a clock speed of up to 1.88GHz, supported by 1GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage. While it includes standard connections for USB 2.0, HDMI, micro USB, a headphone jack, and microSD, with Wi-Fi and Ethernet via USB, it also includes GPIO, I2C, I2S, UART, SDIO, and MIPI interfaces for development with external components.



Unlike the Raspberry Pi, the Sharks Cove is relatively expensive at $299, but Microsoft claims this also covers the cost of a Windows 8.1 image and utilities required for it to function on the board. It is also supported by the Windows Driver Kit 8.1 for Visual Studio Express, with both the driver kit and the Windows image also available free with a valid MSDN account.

"This marks a major milestone in our work, and we're all pretty excited about it," writes Microsoft employee Michael Fourre, adding "this board is the product of a lot of collaborative effort amongst various groups."




by MacNN Staff

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

Blue Yeti Studio

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics ...

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...

MSI Geforce GTX 970 100ME

When Nvidia announced a new line of video cards in September 2014, many people thought things would continue to be business as usual i ...

toggle

Most Commented