If you are searching for powerful Raspberry Pi alternatives you may be interested into new Raspberry Pi style boards in the form of the HiKey 970 which offers an octa-core board that uses the same HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC found in the Huawei Mate 10 smartphones. Or the Rock960 Enterprise Edition which offers specifications similar to that of a desktop computer, with plenty of power for machine learning and 3D graphic applications.
The Rock960 Enterprise Edition is based on a hexa-core processor supported by a powerful GPU, and is equipped with a a dedicated Neural Processing Unit capable of 2.4 TOPS (trillion operations per second). In tests this NPU can accelerate the performance of convolutional neural networks such as Inception V3, ResNet-34 and VGG16 by almost 100 times.
Specifications of the Rock960 include Hexa-core processor with 2 x Cortex A72 cores, 4 x Cortex A53 cores and NPU capable of 2.4 TOPS, Mali-T860MP4 GPU OpenGL ES graphics and the ability to install up to 4GB RAM. Connections include dual SATA 3.0 port with RAID 0/1 support storage, HDMI 2.0/eDP up to 4K @ 60 Hz, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, PCIe 2.1 x16 slot and USB: 3 x USB 3.0 ports, 5 x USB 2.0 ports.
Specifications of the Kirin 970 include a processor offering 4 x Cortex A73 @ 2.36GHz, 4 x Cortex A53 @ 1.8GHz supported by Arm Mali G72-MP12 GPU, NPU with 256MAC/cycle @ 960MHz graphics with 6GB LPDDR4. Connections include USB: 2 x 3.0, 2x type-C, 4 lanes CSI + 2 lanes CSI, HDMI 2.0a, mPCIe connector, 40-pin 96Boards low-speed expansion header, 60-pin 96Boards high-speed expansion header as well as connectivity via both Gigabit Ethernet and wireless module. There is also a handy microSD card slot for further storage expansion if required. For more details jump over to the Tech Republic website by following the link below.