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posted by martyb on Monday January 10, @02:37PM   Printer-friendly

ROCK5 Model B RK3588 single board computer is up for pre-order for $79 and up

Some will say "finally!" After years of waiting for [the] Rockchip RK3588 processor, ROCKPi Trading Limited/Radxa got some samples for their ROCK5 Model B single board computer and has started to take pre-orders with discounted prices starting at $79 through distributors.

But let's check out the specifications first, with the octa-core Cortex-A76/A55 Pico-ITX SBC shipping with up to 16GB RAM, M.2 NVMe storage, 2.5GbE, optional WiFi 6E, 8K video output via HDMI or USB-C ports, 4K HDMI input, and more.

[...] So how much does the board cost exactly? Those are the standard prices:

  • $129 with 4GB RAM
  • $149 with 8GB RAM
  • $189 with 16GB RAM

This is getting quite close to Intel hardware, but ROCK5 Model B has some features not found in most platforms at that price including HDMI input, MIPI CSI camera interfaces, GPIO header, and 2.5GbE.

But as mentioned in the introduction you can get the board for as low as $79 by pre-ordering the board. To get this price, you'll need to pay a $5 deposit (called R3 code "Radxa ROCK5 Redeem") to reserve the board, and then you'll be able to get a $50 discount on the prices above, meaning $79 for the 4GB version, $99 with 8 GB RAM, and $139 for the model with 16GB RAM. This is only valid for one board, and the R3 code is refundable at any time before shipping if you decide you don't want to[sic] board anymore.

Beware the VAT.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Rich on Monday January 10, @08:11PM (1 child)

    by Rich (945) on Monday January 10, @08:11PM (#1211590) Journal

    I've been waiting for years to see what the 3588 brings us, but it looks like it delivers, and plentiful so. They have the data sheet up, which has a pinout, but no register descriptions or even power consumption numbers. With 1088 balls, the package is definitely above what your usual embedded design would use. Same can be said about the feature list and overall complexity. It's definitely PC class and should easily power more advanced media solutions as well; benchmarks seem to agree.

    It's almost like you wouldn't want to do a maker project WITH it, but rather FOR it. The first thing I imagined was a portable workstation. CNC a unibody case for it, with a 17" 4K screen that not only folds, but also slides up, so you don't get laptop-neck. You might not be able to put it into an A4 envelope, but it will be preferable in the other 99% of use cases, where it sits on a desk :) Also, if it is that big, there's enough space for all the interfaces the others leave out now. Forget wimpy stuff like "headphone jacks", have 16 channel low-latency analog audio I/O for a mobile DAW.

    Fun times, once it arrives "soon".

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Wednesday January 12, @03:36PM

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Wednesday January 12, @03:36PM (#1212127) Journal []

    Here is the smaller, cost-optimized version that could expand the amount of applications it's useful for.

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