ZimaBoard is a hybrid of Single Board Computer (SBC) and Micro Server exclusively designed for makers, DIYers and hackers.
While Raspberry Pi with the recent Pi 400 devices bets everything on the entry-level desktop and media box market, ZimaBoard focus on server solutions. The makers even term is the more specific “single board server” instead of the usual “single board computer”.
With dual Gigabit Ethernet, 6 GB/s SATA, and USB 3.0 ports this pint-sized powerhouse is ideal for NAS, VPN, Smart Home or software router applications. Thanks to its computing performance and the 4K Mini DisplayPort, it not only makes a nice media server, but can stream hi-res video and audio too.
The fanless design and 6W TDP means it won’t be interrupting your auditory enjoyment with the whirring of blades either. A PCIe 2.0 x4 port rounds out the ample expansion options.
ZimaBoard is launching two models: ZimaBoard 216 and ZimaBoard 832. The base one is equipped with Intel Celeron N3350 Dual Core 1.1-2.4GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 16 GB eMMC of storage.
The second one is instead equipped with a more poweful Intel Celeron N3450 Quad Core 1.1-2.4GHz processor, 8GB of RAM and 32 GB eMMC of storage.
Even if we don’t know the name of the distribution yet, it comes with Linux pre installed. However it is officially compatible also with Windows, OpenWrt, pfSense, Android and LibreELEC.