If you are looking for a compact, maker board to help you in creating any project ranging from home automation to a media box to a drone, look no more. Asus is now offering an open-source single-board computer (SBC), called the Tinker Board, for a hefty price tag of $55. The firm claims it is an alternative to the Raspberry Pi.
The 8.5cm X 5.3cm Asus Tinker Board comes with a faster quad-core Arm Cortex A17 CPU running at 1.8GHz, improved connectivity, and amazing 4K video playback and 24-bit audio capability.
Sporting the Rockchip RK3388 SoC quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 CPU running at 1.8GHz, the SBC claims twice the performance of even the newest Raspberry Pi, the Pi 3, which was released an year ago. This makes it fit for makers who require a more powerful board than the Raspberry Pi.
Like the Raspberry Pi, the Asus 90MB0QY1-M0EAY0 Tinker Board offers the same size and positioning of ports and GPIOs, making it a drop-in replacement for the Raspberry Pi.
Asus has also released its own OS for the Tinker Board, which is based upon the same Debian distribution like the Raspberry Pi OS. It also plans future OS support including Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, and Kodi.
Key technical features include:-
- Quad core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A17 CPU
- 2GB Dual channel LPDDR3 memory
- Gigabit LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR connectivity
- 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- 4x USB 2.0 ports
- 40-pin Internal header with 28 GPIO pins
- Contact points for PWM and S/PDIF signals
- 1x 3.5mm Audio jack connection
- CSI port for camera connection
- DSI port supporting HD resolution
- 1x HDMI 2.0 port to support 4K resolution
- Micro SD port supports UHS-I
- Supports Debian OS with KODI
- Power supply: 5V/ 2A Micro USB (not included)
The Asus Tinker Board is available now at £55, which is about twice the cost of the RasPi 3 at £34, but certainly also improves the capabilities for this price. Shipping is expected to begin in February.
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