La Frite: A Libre ARM SBC For $5, 10x Faster Than The Raspberry Pi Zero
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 12 October 2018 at 06:21 AM EDT. 50 Comments
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The folks at the Libre Computer Project who have successfully released the Tritium, Le Potato, and other ARM SBCs while being as open-source friendly as possible have now announced La Frite.

La Frite is a low-end offering with their 512MB model shipping for just $5 USD or the 1GB version for $10... In other words, aimed squarely at the Raspberry Pi Zero and intended for IoT use-cases and other purposes.

The $5 ARM SBC is said to be 10x faster than the Raspberry Pi Zero plus having real HDMI, Ethernet, and USB ports.


La Frite has four ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit cores, 512MB / 1GB DDR4 RAM, ARM Mali graphics, two USB 2.0 ports (no USB3), and Ethernet. The GPIO header arrangement is similar to the Raspberry Pi Model A+.

The Libre Computer Project plans to begin shipping this $5+ ARM board beginning in November. More details on Kickstarter.
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