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Copy and Flash A number of SD Playing cards and USB Drives with Balena’s EtcherPro

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Balena, the corporate behind the Etcher picture flashing software, just lately launched a progress report on their EtcherPro — knowledgeable SD duplicator and flashing docking station. The duplicator has been in growth for practically a 12 months, however Balena is at present taking a look at a deployment date for the machine in April or Might of this 12 months.

The EtcherPro means that you can copy a micro SD card, SD card, USB drive, and exterior exhausting drives to 16 locations in a single go. (📷: Balena)

For these not within the loop, the EtcherPro is a standalone SD duplicator and flashing machine that may copy photos to bulk SD playing cards, micro SD playing cards, USB drives, and exterior exhausting drives to 16 locations in a single move. Furthermore, the platform helps flashing firmware for SBCs outfitted with eMMC, such because the Raspberry Pi Compute Module and BeagleBone Black.

The EtcherPro is ready to flash the Raspberry Pi Compute Module and different eMMC units. (📷: Balena)

The EtcherPro mainboard is closely populated by USB 3.zero ports, 34 of all of them collectively, which incorporates 16 modular ports on the highest of the board to simply praise SD card readers with out limiting entry to the ports positioned beneath. The board additionally packs an i.MX eight compute module, each wired and wi-fi Ethernet, in addition to RGB LED indicators for every slot. Should you discover the boards 34 ports to be missing, you’ll be able to daisy chain a number of (as much as ten) EtcherPro docking stations collectively for elevated productiveness.

The EtcherPro mainboard options 34 USB 3.zero ports, modular SD card slots, in addition to each wired and wi-fi Ethernet. (📷: Balena)

So far as pace is anxious, Balena boasts working passing checks at 75MByte/s per port, which is spectacular. In fact, all that pace, and the flexibility to duplicate photos on a big scale come at a value, as Balena is taking a look at slapping a $990 price ticket on the EtcherPro upon its launch. Based on the weblog submit, “Alternate options in the marketplace value about 50% extra, whereas on the similar time forcing you to decide on whether or not to flash USB sticks or SD playing cards, and lack extensibility. With EtcherPro you don’t need to make these exhausting decisions, and may assist our open supply work on Etcher on the similar time.”

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