Asus Tinker Board

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ASUS Tinker Board
Tinker-board.jpg
Type 90MB0QY1-M0EAY0
Release date April 19, 2017
Introductory price about US$59.99
Operating system TinkerOS (a Debian Linux derivative), Armbian (Debian or Ubuntu derivative), Android
System-on-chip used Rockchip RK3288
CPU 1.8 GHz 32-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A17
Memory 2GB Dual Channel DDR3
Storage MicroSDHC UHS-1 slot
Graphics ARM Mali-T764 GPU - Supports 1080 & 4K
Website ASUS 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
Release Date April 2017 January 2018
SoC Rockchip RK3288
Architecture ARMv7-A(32-bit)
CPU Quad core 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex-A17 (up to 2.6GHZ turbo clock speed) (32-bit)
GPU 600 MHz Mali-T760 MP4 GPU
RAM 2GB dual channel LPDDR3
Storage removable MicroSD slot ( supporting SD 3.0 ) 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) full size HDMI 1.4 (CEC support added), MIPI-DSI (compatible with the Raspberry Pi 7" display and others)
Video input 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 )

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

USB 4 x USB 2.0 ports
Networking Gigabit LAN ( not shared with USB bus )
Wireless Bluetooth V4.0 + EDR, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, with IPEX antenna header
Power Micro-USB; due to Micro-USB power delivery limitations, powering over GPIO is suggested [2][3]
Form Factor 3.37 inch x 2.125 inch ( 8.55 cm x 5.4 cm )
Weight 55g
Operating Systems TinkerOS is a Debian Linux derivative & Android 6
Website https://www.asus.com/Single-board-Computer/TINKER-BOARD/ https://www.asus.com/Single-Board-Computer/Tinker-Board-S/
Notes The specifications provided by Asus[4]

History[edit]

ASUS' intent to release a single board computer was leaked shortly after CES 2017[5] on SlideShare.[6] 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' marketing department was ready.[7] ASUS subsequently pulled the release; the Amazon sales page was changed to show a 13 March 2017 release date, but was later removed entirely.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] 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.[9] 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[11]) due to the Tinker Board's SDIO 3.0 interface, while cached reads can fly at up to 770MiB/s.[9]

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