When comparing The Parallella Board vs Lattepanda, the Slant community recommends Lattepanda for most people. In the question“What are the best single-board computers?” Lattepanda is ranked 11th while The Parallella Board is ranked 12th. The most important reason people chose Lattepanda is:
Lattepanda has a USB 3.0 port available.
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Pro Amazing performance because of the Epiphany coprocessor
The Parallella Board makes use of the Epiphany III coprocessor which is invisible to the OS unless directly addressed through its APIs. It currently boasts 32 gigaflops from its 16-core variant with a promise of 100 gigaflops for a 64-core model which will be available in the future.
Pro Great board for programmers to experiment on different platforms
The Parallella is a great board for programmers to experiment programmin on ARM, FPGA and the Epiphany architecture in one compact package.
Pro Completely open source
Parallella uses open source hardware. The drivers are released as open source as well. All the details about the board designs and schematics can be found on GitHub.
Pro Ships with open source development tools geared towards Epiphany development
Parallella ships with several open source tools geared towards developing for the Epiphany architecture. Some of these tools include a C compiler, Eclipse, OpenCL SDK/compiler and runtime libraries.
Pro USB 3.0 available
Lattepanda has a USB 3.0 port available.
Pro Can function as a day-to-day PC
Lattepanda comes with a full Windows 10 installation. While by no means a powerhouse it can easily deal with daily tasks such as checking email, editing documents and browsing the web.
Pro Integrated WiFi and Bluetooth
WiFi and Bluetooth are integrated on the board so your USBs are available for other peripherals.
The Lattepanda has a Arduino-compatible coprocessor for any projects which involve an Arduino.
Pro HDMI plus LCD and touch ports
On the LattePanda you have the choice of the HDMI output for a normal style monitor screen or you can buy the little 7" LCD and if you wish, the touch-screen option which means you free up the HDMI feed for other tasks such as playing a movie file etc.
This also gives you the option of not having to plug in a USB keyboard because the LattePanda will default to providing a touch-screen keyboard style interface via the combination touch-screen and LCD.
Pro Tablet mode enabled (by code)
With the Atom Cherrytail, you could attach the board to a touchscreen to create an ultimate Surface Pro experience (except for the fact that it doesn't have a camera).
Pro Can fit most Raspberry Pi cases
Since it's almost the same size a the Raspberry Pi 3, it can fit inside most of the cases built for the Pi.
Pro Faster than most other single-board computers
The 64-bit Intel Atom system-on-a-chip used in the LattePanda board offers greater processing power in comparison to ARM-based single-board computers.
Pro Full Windows 10
Comes pre-installed with a full edition of Windows 10, including powerful tools such as Visual Studio, NodeJS, Java, Processing, and more.
Pro System installed on internal flash
System is installed on eMMC rather than an SD card like other SBCs. This means no extra physical components are required in order to get the computer to boot.
Con Not great for media streaming
The Parallella board was built to give everyone access to a mini-supercomputer. It's strength lies in the Epiphany which makes it great for parallel computing and image processing, unfortunately it's not good with media (audio and video) streaming.
Con Requires dedicated software development
Since it uses a different architecture than most boards, out-of-the-box software is not compatible with it. Instead, there's a huge GitHub repository with official ports of popular software compatible with the Parallella Board.
Con Only Windows 10 is officially supported
While it may work with other OSes such as Linux or Android, it has no official images for these operating systems and may have compatibility issues.
Con Throttles due to poor heatsinks
This thing throttles down to 400 MHz due to poor cooling thus making it useless without some knowledge of computer building and modification.
Con No support for HDMI-CEC
When you connect it to a TV or projector it sometimes requires extra manual settings on the output device, such as for viewing 3D. Also, you can not control the player on this board with your TV or projector remote via HDMI-CEC.