The Pine64 Ox64 is a tiny single-board computer that looks a lot like a Raspberry Pi Pico. But while Raspberry Pi’s tiny board is powered by an RP2040 microcontroller, the Ox64 has a dual-core RISC-V processor, 64MB of embedded RAM, and support for up to 128Mb of flash storage plus a microSD card for additional storage.
It’s expected to support RTOS and Linux and blurs the lines between a microcontroller and a (very low power) single-board PC. It’s expected to go on sale in November with prices starting at $6 for an RTOS-ready version of the board and $8 for a Linux-compatible model.
As spotted by CNX Software earlier this month, the board is designed to be a small, inexpensive single-board computer with a RISC-V processor that’s aimed at developers.
At the heart of the little computer board is a Bouffalo Lab BL808 processor, which features:
- 1 x Alibaba T-Head C906 64-bit CPU core @ 480 MHz
- 1 x Alibaba T-Head E907 32-bit CPU core @ 320 MHz
- BLAI-100 NPU (AI accelerator)
The little board also supports WiFi 4, Bluetooth 5.0, and 802.15.4 (Zigbee) wireless protocols. The board is designed for use in smart home products, among other things.
The board has two USB Type-C ports: one is for power only and works with a 5V/0.5A power supply, and the other is a USB Type-C OTG port.
There’s also a 26-pin GPIO header with GPOIO, SPI, I2C, I2S, and UART, as well as support for a MIPI CSI camera. Pine64 plans to offer 10/100 Ethernet, audio, and camera adapter boards in the future and notes that the system features H.264 and MJPEG encoders, a JPEG decoder, and an audio subsystem.
Pine64 says an RTOS SDK should be available in October, but getting Linux to run on the board will be a community project – which means that the board might not support Linux-based software at launch, but Pine64 has already begun shipping Ox64 boards to Linux developers and is hopeful that they’ll be able to port the free and open source operating system to run on the board.
The $6 version of the board has 16Mb of flash storage and no microSD card socket, and it’s designed specifically for RTOS. The $8 model has 128Mb of storage and a microSD card socket, and is designed for Linux development.
Both versions are expected to be available in November, 2022.
This article was first published October 10, 2022 and most recently updated October 15, 2022.