MICROSOFT has jumped on the mini development board train, with its new Sharks Cove board presenting a rival to Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone.
The diminutive Sharks Cove measures 4 by 6 inches, but costs $300 as compared to the Raspberry Pi's $35 average asking price. However, it packs features such as a Bay Trail 1.3GHz CPU, 1GB RAM and 15GB of internal storage.
The development board also integrates a 3.5 mm stereo jack and one HDMI port along with a USB 2.0 port, although there is no Wi-Fi or Ethernet onboard.
Sharks Cove is targeted for Windows development, specifically Windows hardware and driver development, so there is an image of Windows 8.1 bundled with the board.
But Microsoft says the board also supports Android development. The pins onboard allow connection of various peripherals and controllers for development needs.