Asus always produced motherboards for desktop computers and laptops and recently has announced the single board computer, called Tinker Board – a Raspberry Pi challenger. It boasts a quad-core processor supported by 2GB of system memory, UHD video playback and Hi-Res audio support, and a Bluetooth/Wi-Fi and it costs slightly more than a Pi.
Tinker Board is a credit card-sized mini computer that features a 1.8 GHz RK3288 quad-core system-on-a-chip processor and 2GB of LPDDR3 system memory. The Asus board also features a Mali-T764 GPU and promises 4K video playback support at up to 30 Hz (including H.264/H.265 decoding). With the size of 85.6 x 56 x 21 mm Tinker Board is capable of supporting files up to 24-bit/192 kHz resolution out of the box. It offers four USB 2.0 ports, a HDMI 1.4 port and 3.5 mm audio jack. It has a 40-pin GPIO interface header for sensors, a 15-pin MIPI DSI for connecting a small display or touchscreen and a 15-pin MIPI CSI for cameras. The board is powered via micro-USB. There’s Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, plus gigabit Ethernet and a microSD slot for the OS and storage. The board runs on a Linux-based TinkerOS and, which is based on the latest Debian 9 core. Android support is on the to-do list (currently in beta).
The Tinker Board is available in the US from today and the video below shows what’s on offer.