Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Asus updates its Tinker Board Single Board Computers

Single Board Computers (SBCs) have grown in popularity in recent years thanks to the Raspberry Pi. In 2017, Asus had introduced a competitor called Tinker Board, and now we have the second generation board with two model options.

The Arm-based SBCs called the Tinker Board 2, and the Tinker Board 2S are exactly the same except for one feature: the 2S includes 16GB of eMMC storage and a Micro SD card slot, while the Tinker Board 2 only includes the Micro SD card slot.

Both boards use the Rockchip RK3399 64-bit SoC, which consists of a dual-core ARM Cortex-A72 running at 2GHz and the quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 running at 1.5GHz. The GPU is an ARM Mali-T860 MP4 running at 800MHz, and there will be two memory options available: 2GB and 4GB of dual-channel LPDDR4 RAM. The Tinker Board 2S comes with 16GB built-in flash memory, which should be faster than typical micro SD cards.

Power is supplied via a 12V-19V DC cylindrical jack instead of the classic micro USB connector used in the previous generation. There are both USB3 Type-C and Type-A interfaces, as well as a single full-size HDMI output with support for up to 4K resolution at 60Hz. An additional DisplayPort 1.2 output is provided via the USB C port.

The Tinker Board supports network connections either via cable via the Gigabit Ethernet port or wirelessly using the next-level 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 2×2 dual-band 2.4/5 GHz antennas that deliver transfer speeds that are up to 10X faster than previous Wi-Fi standards. Tinker Board 2S also has the latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology built-in, so you’ll enjoy speeds that are up to 2X transmit speeds and with up to 4X-greater range. It is possible to connect Bluetooth devices or electronic components using the 40-pin GPIO header, which appears to share the same layout as a Raspberry Pi, but compatibility is currently unknown.

The expected performance gain over the original Tinker Board by up to 28%, and Asus supports Debian 9 Linux and Android 10, although Android support is not expected until the first quarter of 2021. We do not yet know the pricing or the official release date.