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.
While there are more affordable ways to get your hands on an SBC with an RK3588 processor, the QuartzPro64 also won’t be the most expensive board with that chip.
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.
via Pine64 March 2022 update and April 2022 update
This article was originally published March 15, 2022 and most recently update April 15, 2022 with additional details about the pre-order process.
ARM is well on its way to achieving parity with x86 in terms of price if not support.
Am I the only one here thinking ‘put that in a PineBook Pro’? That would be awesome! And a serious ARM open source centred laptop.
QuartzPro64 180 x 180mm (about 7.1″ x 7.1″)
Mini-ITX 170 × 170 mm (6.7″ × 6.7″)
Pine64 this is the dumbest thing ever. Fix it before is too late.
It’s a development board, not a commercial board. If you look closely, 2 opposite sides are filled with all sorts of connectors and as such Mini-ITX format is not feasible. And with all the surface connectors, usually these boards are used in an open air chassis as to be easily accessible to connect all kind of peripherals for testing.
Quartz64 Model B for $60 is looking really good. Hopefully there will be good supply in April. With RPi5 not launching this year and RPi4 supply being effectively non-existent, this could be a very popular little board.
Quartz64 Model B is RK3566, which is quad-core A55… much lower performance than RPi4-b.
Real world use, not false imaginary benchmarks and unless they know which chip, people cannot tell if RPI4, S905X3, RK3566 unless running Android. RPI4 only has pretend Android.