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I don't know enough about this but how do these devices compare to the Sipeed MAIX devices [1] I saw mentioned on HN the other day? They seem to both support TensorFlow Lite but that's where my ability to understand their capabilities end.

[1] - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sipeed-maix-the-world-fir...




The risk with crowd funded chips is support and longevity. The reason that the Raspberry Pi wins every time against technically superior competition is that it's well supported and there are reasonable supply guarantees.

The same goes for big companies of course. Intel has a habit of releasing Iot platforms and then killing them. Let's hope the TPU lasts a bit longer.

As for a comparison, it's impossible to say until Google releases benchmark information on the edge TPU, or some kind of datasheet for the SOM.


Given Google's tendency to kill products and shift priorities rapidly, I think building a product or service dependent on a supply of their hardware is probably a pretty risky choice.

I definitely have been shocked how fast Intel maker boards have come and gone though. It feels like Intel has written them off before anyone's tried to build a project using one. I have one sitting around here somewhere that's never so much as been powered on.


It's very hard to beat the traction that the Pi has. I think because it's explicitly targeted towards people without any embedded experience, there's been a lot of pressure to make things work and to make the documentation somewhat organised.

Intel made some nice little boards, but there wasn't much publicity and actually getting started with them wasn't easy at all because the docs were buried. They were usually modules designed for integration, not standalone devices.

With the Pi you can buy a kit, plug in the SD card and boot ot desktop in minutes.




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