My EspressoBIN board is up

Marvell and Globalscale Technologies developed a new single-board computer called the EspressoBIN (website). Unlike any other cheap SBC I am aware of, it has:

  • 3 ethernet ports
  • a SATA port

In other words, it’s perfect to act as a home router with an attached hard drive that runs apps. Now, where have we heard that before? Ah yes, Indie Box and UBOS.

I have been very eager to get my hands on it, and backed the project on Kickstarter. Last week I received the board, and now it’s up, running
Arch Linux ARM for now.

EspressoBIN with drive

And it talks to the hard drive:

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 20.44.32

So it’s all very nice. Except the SATA power. As you can tell from the picture, I had to misuse a 1-male-to-2-female splitter in order to be able to connect: all SATA power adapters I have are male, and the EspressoBIN connector is male, too! A mistake? Intentional? I don’t know but have posted to their forums to find out.

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