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.
And it talks to the hard drive:
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.