Asus Tinker Board

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ASUS Tinker Board
Tinker-board.jpg
Type90MB0QY1-M0EAY0
Release dateApril 19, 2017
Introductory priceabout US$59.99
Operating systemTinkerOS (a Debian Linux derivative), Armbian (Debian or Ubuntu derivative), Android
System-on-chip usedRockchip RK3288
CPU1.8 GHz 32-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A17
Memory2GB Dual Channel DDR3
StorageMicroSDHC UHS-1 slot
GraphicsARM Mali-T760 M4 GPU - Supports 1080 & 4K
WebsiteASUS specifications page

The ASUS Tinker Board is a single board computer launched by ASUS in early 2017. Its physical size and GPIO pinout are designed to be compatible with the second-generation and later Raspberry Pi models. The first released board features 4K video, 2GB of onboard RAM, gigabit Ethernet and a Rockchip RK3288 processor running at 1.8 GHz.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Model Tinker Board Tinker Board S Tinker Edge T Tinker Edge R
Release Date April 2017 January 2018 November 2019[2]
SoC Rockchip RK3288 NXP i.MX 8M Rockchip RK3399Pro
Architecture ARMv7-A (32-bit) ARMv8 (64-bit)
CPU Quad core 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex-A17 (up to 2.6GHz turbo clock speed) Quad core ? GHz ARM Cortex-A53 Hexa core. 2x Cortex-A72 cores up to 1.8 GHz, 4x Cortex-A53 cores @ 1.4 GHz
GPU 600 MHz Mali-T760 MP4 GPU GC7000 Lite 3D GPU 800 MHz Mali-T860 MP4 GPU
Coprocessor NA Google Edge TPU

4 TOPS of performance

NPU

3 TOPS of performance

RAM 2GB dual channel LPDDR3 1GB LPDR4 4 GB dual channel LPDR4 for system, 2 GB LPDDR3 for NPU
Storage removable MicroSD slot (supporting SD 3.0 ) 16GB eMMC + removable MicroSD slot (supporting SD 3.0) 8GB eMMC 16GB eMMC + removable MicroSD slot (supporting SD 3.0)
Video output full size HDMI 1.4, MIPI-DSI (compatible with the Raspberry Pi 7" display and others)
Video input MIPI-CSI camera 2x MIPI-CSI camera
Audio RTL ALC4040 HD CODEC, Play: 24bit/192kHz, Record: 24bit/96kHz

3.5 mm audio jack (supporting line out and microphone in)

RTL ALC4040 HD CODEC, Play: 24bit/192kHz, Record: 24bit/96kHz

3.5 mm audio jack (supporting line out and microphone in, Plug-in Detection and Auto-Switch)

3.5 mm audio jack
Other IO 40-pin header with:
  • up to 28 x GPIO pins
  • up to 2 x SPI bus
  • up to 2 x I2C bus
  • up to 4 x UART
  • up to 2 x PWM
  • up to 1 x PCM/I2S
  • 2 x 5V power pins
  • 2 x 3.3V power pins
  • 8 x ground pins

1 x 2-pin contact pin :

  • 1 x PWM
  • 1 x S/PDIF
40-pin header with:
  • up to 28 x GPIO pins
  • up to 2 x SPI bus
  • up to 2 x I2C bus
  • up to 4 x UART
  • up to 2 x PWM
  • up to 1 x PCM/I2S (Enhanced I2S pin with Slave mode)
  • 2 x 5V power pins
  • 2 x 3.3V power pins
  • 8 x ground pins

1 x 2-pin contact pin :

  • 1 x PWM
  • 1 x S/PDIF

1 x 2-pin Power-on Header

40-pin header with:
  • up to 28 x GPIO pins
  • up to 2 x SPI bus
  • up to 2 x I2C bus
  • up to 4 x UART
  • up to 2 x PWM
  • up to 1 x PCM/I2S (Enhanced I2S pin with Slave mode)
  • 2 x 5V power pins
  • 2 x 3.3V power pins
  • 8 x ground pins
40-pin header with:
  • up to 28 x GPIO pins
  • up to 2 x SPI bus
  • up to 2 x I2C bus
  • up to 4 x UART
  • up to 2 x PWM
  • up to 1 x PCM/I2S (Enhanced I2S pin with Slave mode)
  • 2 x 5V power pins
  • 2 x 3.3V power pins
  • 8 x ground pins


mPCIe Card & nanoSIM card slot for 4G/LTE

USB 4 x USB 2.0 ports 2 x USB 3.0, 1x USB-C 3 x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB-C
Networking Gigabit LAN (not shared with USB bus)
Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, with IPEX antenna header Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Power Micro-USB; due to Micro-USB power delivery limitations, powering over GPIO is suggested [3][4] GPIO GPIO
Form Factor 3.37 x 2.125 inch (8.55 x 5.4 cm) 8.5 x 5.6cm 10.0 x 7.2cm
Weight 55g
Operating Systems
Notes The specifications provided by Asus[8][9] [10] [11] [12]

History[edit]

ASUS's intent to release a single board computer was leaked shortly after CES 2017[13] on SlideShare.[14] ASUS originally planned for a late February 2017 release, but a UK vendor broke the embargo and began advertising and selling boards starting on 13 February 2017, before ASUS's marketing department was ready.[15] ASUS subsequently pulled the release; the Amazon sales page was changed to show a 13 March 2017 release date, but was later removed entirely.[16] However, as of 24 March 2017, the Tinker Board again became available on Amazon. ASUS assured reviewer websites that the board is now in full production.[17]

Benchmarks[edit]

Tests so far have shown that the Tinker Board has roughly twice the processing power of the Raspberry Pi Model 3 when the Pi 3 runs in 32-bit mode.[18] Because the Pi 3 has not released a 64-bit operating system yet, no comparisons are available against a Pi 3 running in 64-bit mode.

Recent[when?] benchmark testing found that while the WLAN performance is poor at only around 30Mbit/s, the gigabit ethernet delivers a full 950Mbit/s throughput.[17] RAM access tested using the mbw benchmark is 25% faster than the Pi 3. SD card (microSD) access is about twice as fast at 37MiB/s for buffered reads (compared to typically around 18MiB/s for the Pi 3[19]) due to the Tinker Board's SDIO 3.0 interface, while cached reads can fly at up to 770MiB/s.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.asus.com/uk/Single-board-Computer/TINKER-BOARD/
  2. ^ Shilov, Anton. "ASUS & Google Team Up for 'Tinker Board' AI-Focused Credit-Card Sized Computers". www.anandtech.com. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  3. ^ https://forum.armbian.com/index.php?/topic/3327-asus-tinkerboard/&page=10&tab=comments#comment-32047
  4. ^ https://forum.armbian.com/index.php?/announcement/1-1-check-power-supply-check-sd-card-and-check-other-people-experiences/
  5. ^ "LibreELEC (Leia) v8.95.2 BETA".
  6. ^ "ELAR Systems".
  7. ^ "ELAR Systems".
  8. ^ http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/Linux/Tinker_Board_2GB/FAQ_Tinkerboard.pdf[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Tinker Board | Single-board Computer". ASUS United Kingdom. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  10. ^ "Tinker Board S | Single-board Computer". ASUS United Kingdom. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  11. ^ Aufranc, Jean-Luc (2019-05-29). "ASUS Tinker Edge T & CR1S-CM-A SBC to Feature Google Coral Edge TPU & NXP i.MX 8M Processor". CNX Software - Embedded Systems News. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  12. ^ Aufranc, Jean-Luc (2019-05-31). "ASUS Tinker Edge R Pico-ITX Board to Feature Rockchip RK3399Pro SoC". CNX Software - Embedded Systems News. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  13. ^ "A Motherboard Manufacturer's Take On A Raspberry Pi Competitor".
  14. ^ "ASUS Tinker Board".
  15. ^ "Review: The Asus Tinker Board (Updated)".
  16. ^ "In the lab: Asus' Tinker Board SBC".
  17. ^ a b c "Tinker Board im Test: Hardware Top, Software Flop (link in German)".
  18. ^ "ASUS Tinker Board is a Raspberry Pi 3 Alternative based on Rockchip RK3288 Processor".
  19. ^ "Raspberry Pi microSD card performance comparison - 2015".

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