The ZimaBlade's fundraising campaign on Crowd Supply was a triumph. Initially aiming for $50,000, the campaign garnered a substantial $457,449, mirroring the tech community's enthusiasm for this new hardware. The successful fundraising not only exemplifies the trust and interest surrounding the ZimaBlade but also sets a promising precedent for its future in the market.
As soon as we saw the cyberpunk branding, we knew that the Zimablade would be a winner!
At the core of the ZimaBlade are its robust technical specifications. It offers two variants: a dual-core model housing an Intel Celeron processor and a quad-core version for those needing an extra kick in processing power. The RAM customisation feature is a standout, allowing users to choose from 8GB to 16GB of RAM. Furthermore, it houses an integrated 32GB eMMC for storage, addressing the previous ZimaBoard's lack of internal storage.
- dual-core option (3760): Intel® Celeron with 2.2 GHz Turbo Speed
- quad-core option (7700): Intel® Celeron with 2.4 GHz Turbo Speed
- Intel® AES New Instructions
- Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
- Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
- Memory: SODIMM slot, compatible with 16 GB DDR3L RAM
- Storage: Integrated 32 GB eMMC
- Network: 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet
- 1 x 4K MiniDP @ 60 Hz
- 1 x board-to-board eDP interface
- Up to 700 MHz
- Intel® Quick Sync Video
- Intel® Clear Video HD Technology
- Intel® Clear Video Technology
- PCIe: 1 x PCIe 2.0, four lanes
- 1 x USB Type-C (data + power + display)
- 1 x USB 3.0
- 2 x USB 2.0
- SATA: 2 x SATA 3.0
- Power: 45 W USB Type-C power adapter
- Thermal: 6 W TDP with passive cooling
- Dimensions: 107 mm x 80 mm x 23 mm
- Enclosure: Custom injection molded polycarbonate (opaque and transparent), aluminum alloy heatsink, and four black silicone feet
- Software: Pre-installed Debian-based CasaOS with streamlined Docker experience. Fully compatible with Windows, Ubuntu, Debian, Raspberry Pi OS, CentOS, OpenWrt, pfSense, Android, LibreELEC, and more.
Casa OS: Simplifying Docker
A notable feature is the ZimaBlade's Casa OS, designed to simplify Docker installations for users, removing the need for in-depth technical understanding. This feature is particularly appealing for those looking to delve into different Docker configurations without the associated steep learning curve.
In this weeks Electromaker show, Ian highlighted various community engagements, including reviews and project showcases by tech enthusiasts. Notable mentions include Don's review, who has already set up a NAS server with the ZimaBlade, showcasing its versatility.
In a collaborative gesture, the team at Zimablade have organized a giveaway to celebrate the successful fundraising campaign. Participants have the chance to win a ZimaBlade Advanced Kit, which includes several essential accessories to kickstart their projects. Check out the video below and leave a comment to enter the draw:
The future is looking bright for the 'Zima' family
The ZimaBlade’s journey from concept to a well-funded reality illustrates the potential it holds. Its technical specifications coupled with the growing interest from the community make it a noteworthy entrant in the single-board computer arena. As the tech world eagerly awaits more from IceWhale Technology, the ZimaBlade is already carving its niche, promising exciting developments in the near future.