ASUS has this week launched a new mini PC in the form of the TinkerBoard which has been created to compete with the likes of the Raspberry Pi and Intel Edison hardware.
The ASUS TinkerBoard takes the form of a credit card sized single board computer that is powered by a Rockchip RK3288 SoC, which combines a 32-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 CPU, and a Mali T764 GPU capable of supporting 4K Ultra HD displays.
The graphics and processor are supported by 2 GB of dual-channel memory and ASUS has included a GPIO similar to that included with the Raspberry Pi. Together with 4K Ultra HD H.264 video decode capability, Gigabit Ethernet, SDIO 3.0, 24-bit/192 kHz HD audio, and a swappable antenna for its 802.11 b/g/n WLAN. ASUS explains more :
Using a powerful and modern quad-core ARM-based processor, the Rockchip RK3288, tinker board offers significantly improved performance, versus other popular SBC boards. Realizing the growing demands of different builds and projects, the tinker board features up to 2GB of LPDDR3 dual-channel memory. Tinker board is also equipped with an SDIO 3.0 interface that offers significantly faster read and write speeds to expandable microSD cards used for the OS, applications and file storage.
Featuring a powerful but energy-efficient design, the tinker board supports next-generation graphics and GPU Compute API’s. Powered by an ARM-based Mali T764 GPU, the tinker board’s GPU and fixed function processors allow for a wide range of uses, including high-quality media playback, gaming, computer vision, gesture recognition, image stabilization and processing, as well as computational photography and more. Multimedia enthusiasts will appreciate the fixed-function H.264 and H.265 playback support, including playback of HD and UHD video.
Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet, but as soon as information comes to light we will keep you updated as always. I wonder how close to the $35 Raspberry Pi price point ASUS will move. For more information on the new ASUS Tinkerboard jump over to the official website for details by following the link below.