The Chinese company that makes single-board computers sold under the Orange Pi brand has been busy cloning the designs of the Raspberry Pi Zero, CM4, and Model B recently. But the company’s latest product is a little different.

The new Orange Pi AIpro is a single-board computer with a Huawei Ascend processor designed to handle on-device AI tasks. It’s a bit bigger than a typical Raspberry Pi and has a higher starting price. But it’s also better suited to tasks that can leverage its AI processor.

Available for pre-order in China for 889 CNY ($126) and up, the board is available with 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR4x-3200 memory and 32GB to 256GB of eMMC 5.1 storage. It also has an M.2 2280 slot with support for SATA or NVMe SSDs and a microSD card reader.

But the most interesting feature is probably the processor. While marketing materials don’t tell us which Huawei Ascend processor is used in the board, it’s said to be a quad-core chip with an AI processor supporting 8/20 TOPS of performance (I’m not really sure why there are two numbers). That’s 8 TOPS of FP16 performance or 20 TOPS for INT8.

Among other things, the Ai processor is said to be useful for machine learning or computer vision activities such as identifying people or objects in an image.

Other features include support for WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2, MIPI-CSI and MIPI-DSI camera and display connectors, a 40-pin GPIO header, and a set of ports that includes:

  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2 x HDMI 2.0
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • 1 x USB Type-C (power only, support for 20V/65W power supplies)
  • 1 x micro USB (serial)
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio

The board measures 107 x 68mm (4.2″ x 2.7″) and supports Ubuntu and openEuler operating systems.

via Tom’s Hardware

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  1. But how many blobs are required with this Huawei processor ? Is support a code drop or is it well upstreamed ?

  2. A.I. is all the rage. Microsoft getting in on it, forcing CoPilot on everyone, even moving mountains to get Liar Altman reinstated at ClosedAI. Nvidia making record profilts this year due to A.I., a report that if you want an A.I. centric server from Dell, it will take 39 weeks to get to you….

    A.I. is all the rage, but it’s over-hyped. I’ve used quite a few Llama-2 models and others, and while it was fun for awhile, it got boring and old. The doomsdayer Liar Altman is a liar, wants to create a mote for his ClosedAI company to stifle competition, and has lied to the world and to congress about the “dangers” of A.I. It’s all smoke and mirrors.

    A.I. as it is in the 2020’s is over-hyped. They are just glorified text predictors. There is nothing intelligent about them…

    This whole thing is overhyped, just liked Y2K was….

    1. Also. I’ve really enjoyed using Windows 11, after taming it and getting rid of cortana/the microsoft store, etc, and buying a bunch of old games from GOG that I used to have years ago. But with Windows 12 coming out in June 2024 (according to rumors), and Microsoft’s Closed AI Copilot being force installed, Windows 11 will be my last. I will go back to linux in full force when I have to….

      I just want to say something… Microsoft invested billions into OpenAI, because they wanted an advanced AI on your computer, which they now call Copilot… Altman from OpenAI went to congress, decrying the “dangers” of A.I. and asked for regulation upon A.I. It’s because he’s afraid. There is so much competition, he has a house of cards that could come tumbling down in a moment, and he wants regulation to stifle competition. So he can keep his business. Microsoft is very heavily invested in them. Think of all that doomsdayer talk coming from the media in recent months. They are the source. It’s all smoke and mirrors and lies.

      I can run an A.I. almost as good as OpenAI’s ChatGPT locally on my computer, completely private and under my control, and FREE, and that frightens Liar Altman and Microsoft. Just use your head and think about it….

        1. Hilarious. More like a drunken poster that likes to vent on occasion. I hate forums, the only reason I post here (don’t want to jinx it) is because I don’t have to sign up. So nah. 😛