f you’ve played with a Raspberry Pi, a Pine 64, or an Intel Edison, then you’ll find the LattePanda a familiar form factor. It’s a USB-powered board (be warned, you’ll need a 2W USB PSU to drive the LattePanda) with Ethernet, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, HDMI video, and a set of GPIO ports that are driven by the built-in Arduino. Fire it up, and you’re presented with a full-Windows experience, not the single app model of Windows 10 IoT Core.
That’s because the LattePanda isn’t using an ARM or an Edison processor: it’s a full quad core Cherry Trail Atom processor, with 2GB or 4GB of memory, and a ATMega32u4 co-processor that handles the Arduino-compatible features, along with 20 GPIO connections for your sensors and actuators.
Imagine a single board computer like the Raspberry Pi, but one that runs Windows 10 and gives you an Arduino-compatible system and GPIO pins too. The LattePanda sounds a bit like my Arduino Yun on steroids, boasting HDMI support and 2GB of RAM. The LattePanda sounds quite interesting and quite useful for those of us seeking to bridge the gap between Arduino and Windows.
Click through to the original article for the Pros and Cons discovered with the LattePanda in this ZDNet review.