You may have heard a few things about the Raspberry Pi, a low-cost small form-factor computer system that was originally designed to be used by school children in the UK to learn coding and computer basics. It didn’t quite work out that was however, as the hobbyist market latched onto the little PC and sent its sales rocketing into the distance. Now, Microsoft and Intel are about to have a go at something similar to what Raspberry Pi has done.
Meet the Sharks Cove, a developer board created by Microsoft and Intel that can be used to create applications and software for both Android and Windows systems. Microsoft looks to be setting the Sharks Cove up as a dev tool, which isn’t surprising considering the $300 price tag, but the specs for the board may indicate that the hobbyist crowd will also get into the act by using it as a compact PC – media or otherwise.
The Sharks Cove will ship with an Intel Atom Z3735G processor (up to 1.88GHz), 1GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage. HDMI connections will be supported and Intel’s HD Graphics will also be a part of the board. There is a range of connectors for various developer uses but these could easily be co-opted into something a bit more commercial in the right hands.
Oh, and each board will be shipping with a full version of Windows 8.1 installed. That might explain some of the price tag as well.