Yeah, no. This is an interesting product though. I haven’t delved into the developer docs or anything but from reading the basic material on website it’s basically a simple ARM processor (actually the same in an iPhone) with a secondary co-processor. That ARM processor is only dual core (again, same as most cellphones or iPad) and the co-processor is 16 core. So they are adding together the 2 cores with the 16 to get 18 core. So yeah, that’s a little silly. The co-processor is the interesting part. it’s “kind of” like a GPU in the sense that it can be programmed to help out with parallel tasks like rendering. This is made even easier by the fact that it can be programmed with OpenCL. So, you could conceivable run Blender on ARM and jimmy rig the OpenCL version of cycles to run on the co-processor but I’m not sure you would experience any kind of actual “Power” from it.
The individual cores seems to be pretty slow (like a GPU) but a GPU has the benefit if having hundreds of cores (shading units) as opposed to just 16. The architecture literature says each of those cores is “Up to” 1 GHz. Meaning, it’s not clear how fast each of the units is but probably under that. It has a peek performance of 32 GFLOPS. To put that into perspective, the original Xbox had 20 GFLOPS, the new Nvidia GTX1080 runs at 8228 GFLOPS and a GTX980 is runs at 4612 GFLOPS. So… yeah. Pretty weak. Not that it’s all about floating point operations or anything but I think GFLOPS give us a ballpark figure of how fast it actually is in terms of real world computing. This is also ignoring the fact that it only has 1 Gigabyte of RAM which is totally unsuited for rendering.
So yeah, it’s not really suited for high end 3D work.
What I find interesting is the idea that you could use this thing to make your own drum machine or synthesizer. The multi core aspect of it could be well suited towards multi voice, multi effect, multi track, music applications. I realize this is entirely outside the realm of computer graphics. It’s not something that you could just throw together in a weekend. But the idea would be to put it inside a metal box with knobs buttons and a screen and potentially sell it as a music product.
Anyway, I’m just rambling at this point.