Rockchip’s RK3566 processor is a new 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex-A55 chip with Mali-G52 graphics and support for features including playback of 4K/60Hz video in H.264, H.265, and VP9 codecs.
The first single-board computers (SBCs) powered by the chip are expected to ship in the coming months. Recently Pine64 revealed that a Raspberry Pi-sized SBC called the Quartz64 Model B was on the way. Now Firefly has introduced a similarly-sized RK3566 SBC called the ROC-RK3566-PC.
The starting price is for a model with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, but there’s also a 4GB/32GB version available for $119 and Firefly eventually expected to sell models with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. Thanks to its PCIe 2.0 connector, it can also support M.2 2242 SSDs.
The little computer also supports a variety of operating systems and applications including Android 11, Ubuntu 18.04, or Firefly’s “Station OS” which is designed to let you plug the little computer into a TV and use it as a home entertainment system.
Ports and connectors include:
- USB 3.0
- USB 2.0
- USB Type-C (for power)
- HDMI 2.0
- 3.5mm audio
- Gigabit Ethernet
- microSD card reader
- MIPI-DSI display connector
- MIPI-CSI camera connector
- IR receiver
- M.2 PCIe 2.0 connector
- 26-pin header
Firefly will offer the ROC-RK3566-PC with 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB LPDDR memory options, and customers will have a choice of 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of eMMC storage.
Wireless capabilities include support for 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0.
The board measures 90mm x 60mm (3.54″ x 2.4″), which makes it slightly larger than a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, which measures 85mm x 56mm.
This article was originally published April 20, 2021 and last updated May 17, 2021.
via CNX Software