Pine64 is introducing a new single-board computer (SBC) with a Rockchip RK3588 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 64GB of eMMC storage plus a lot of input/output options.
The QuartzPro64 is Pine64’s most powerful SBC to date, but it’s also one of the largest at 180 x 180mm (about 7.1″ x 7.1″) and one of the most expensive – it costs at least $300 to manufacture, so the eventual price could be higher than that. But Pine64 has announced plans to subsidize the price and offer the QuartzPro64 to developers for $150 at launch. Folks who are interested can register their interest in pre-ordering by filling out an application.
The processor is capable of driving up to four 4K displays or a single 8K display and features:
- 4 x ARM Cortex-A76 CPU cores @ 2.4 GHz
- 4 x ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores @ 1.8 GHz
- Mali-G610 MC4 graphics
- Neural Processing Unit with 6 TOPS performance
Pine64’s QuartzPro board will pair that chip with LPDDR4x memory, eMMC storage, and:
- USB-C (with video-alt mode)
- USB0-C (with debug mode)
- USB- 3.0
- 2x USB 2.0
- HDMI in
- 2x HDMI out
- PCIe 3.0
- 2 SATA ports
- 2x Gigabit ethernet
- 2x SMA Antenna
- 2x MIPI DPHY
- 2x MPI DPCHY
- Fan header
- RTC battery holder
- An array of switches, including power on/off maskrom and system KEY
- eMMC socket
- SD card slot
- Power in via DC 12V
Right now there is no software available for the board, which is why Pine64 is targeting developers first: to encourage them to create the software that will make the board useful. In order to find out more about pricing and availability, you’ll need to join Pine64’s Telegram, Matrix, and/or Discord groups or servers.
But if the board proves popular with developers, we could eventually see a retail version of the QuartzPro64 in the future.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something smaller and cheaper, there’s the Quartz64 series of boards featuring Rockchip RK3566 processors. The Model A version went on sale last summer. It’s available now for $60 and up.
Now Pine64 says production of the Quartz64 Model B is underway, and that it should be available by April with prices starting at $60 for a model with 4GB of LPDDR4 memory or $80 for an 8GB version.
The board has a 2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A55 processor, Mali-G52-2EE graphics, LPDDR4 memory, and USB 3.0, USB 2.0, WiFi, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, DS and CSI interfaces, a microSD card reader, 3.5mm audio jack, a PCIe Gen 2 M.2 connector for an NVMe SSD, and a 40-pin GPIO header.
This article was originally published March 15, 2022 and most recently update April 15, 2022 with additional details about the pre-order process.