In the last twelve months or so several somewhat inexpensive single-board computers have burst onto the market, and of those was the pcDuino from Linksprite. This has now evolved into the pcDuino v2, and Linksprite have sent us an example which is the topic of our review. The pcDuino v2 is billed as the “mini PC + Arduino”, a combination with much promise. Out of the box it runs a version of Ubuntu 12.04 on Linaro12.07, or can also run Android Ice Cream Sandwich if so desired.
The pcDuino v2 is a single-board computer like many others, however with some interesting additions – the most interesting being the Arduino-shield hardware connections and pcDuino v2 Arduino development environment. We’ll first run through the pcDuino v2 as a Linux computer, and then delve into the Arduino-compatibility. But first, our test board… which arrived safely in a neat box: