Another day, another tiny computer that looks like a Raspberry Pi, but which has different hardware (and a less robust user/developer community). This time it’s a new single-board computer from Pine64 called the Rock64 Media Board Computer.
The little PC sells for $25 and up, and it’s about the same size as a Raspberry Pi, but it’s powered by a Rockchip RK3328 processor with ARM Mali-450 MP2 graphics rather than a Broadcom processor.
It’s also available with up to 4GB of RAM and with optional eMMC storage.
The entry-level price gets you a model with 1GB of RAM, Or you can pay $35 to get a 2GB model or $45 for a 4GB version of the Rock64.
Each model has an HDMI 2.0a port with support for 4K/60 Hz video output, a composite video port, Gigabit Ethernet, a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, 40-pin and 22-pin connectors, and a microSD card slot for storage.
There’s no onboard WiFi or Bluetooth, but you can use a USB dongle to add those fatures.
While the Rock64 may not have the same kind of community/developer support as the Raspberry Pi line of products, it does support Android 7.1 or Debian or Yocto Linux. And as LinuxGizmos notes, this is an “open spec” device, meaning hardware schematics and other details are available for download.
via CNX Software