Whatever the reasoning is behind naming popular SBCs after fruits and vegetables along with enigmatic words (Nano, Pi, Omega, etc.), one thing’s for sure, they are designed well and feature hardware capable of handling any task thrown at them. Case in point, Libre Computer Project’s La Frite: Open Source Fries development board, which is loosely based on the Raspberry Pi A+ (similar GPIO arrangement), yet packs greater hardware.
LCP’s La Frite is the miniature version of the company’s flagship Potato SBC, equipped with a quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 SoC, with a Mali-450 GPU (2 geometry/3 pixel), up to 1Gb of DDR4 RAM, and 128Mb SPI NOR. Rounding the board out is HDMI 4.1 (1080p out), 100Mb Ethernet, USB 2.0 Host/OTG, IR sensor, and a 40-pin GPIO header.
As with most other comparable SBCs, La Frite can take advantage of a fist full of operating systems, including Ubuntu, Debian, LibreELEC, Lakka, RetroPie, and Android 8 (Oreo), among a host of others.
Libre Computer Project is currently crowdfunding the La Frite on Kickstarter and comes in several flavors depending on the price point, which reads like a fast food menu. $5 nets you an early small order of Fries (La Frite 512Mb), $10 grabs an early large order of Fries (La Frite 1Gb), ending with the most expensive $35, which provides a small meal with a large order of Fries (La Frite 1Gb with several extras).