>>> Are there any other boards or chipsets I should be considering? >> I'm also using A20-based boards for the same kind of use you describe >> and for the same reasons, and while I haven't yet felt a need to replace >> them, I've noticed the ESPRESSObin as a candidate for successor. >> It's not very much more powerful, OTOH. > Thanks for the link, though that board does not look competitive in 2020. It > is no better in price or performance than the A20-based boards where when > they where released 5 years ago. Right now the only benefits I see are the > three network ports, and possibly the very small size & low power > requirements for some use cases.
As I said, it's not much more powerful than an A20. I think it is a bit better, tho: - AFAIK the SATA doesn't suffer from the write bottleneck of A20's (tho this bottleneck has presumably been somewhat fixed in Linux-5.3) - The CPUs are slightly faster. - It comes with PCIe. > Also it looks like there is no mainline kernel support. Oh, really? I thought a big selling point was its mainline support "from day one" more or less. At least, I see a arch/arm64/boot/dts/marvell/armada-3720-espressobin.dts already back in 4.16. Stefan