5 models for different purposes

5 models for different purposes

At the very beginning of 2024, there was a lot of information about new devices and systems presented at CES 2024. Among them there are very notable devices. But besides the technical exhibition, the manufacturers have something to please us. It is primarily about single-payer devices that can be useful to both DIY enthusiasts and various companies. Details – under the cat.

Banana Pi BPI-M6

A single-board computer of the usual form factor. It is based on SenaryTech SN3680 SoC, also known as Synaptics VideoSmart VS680. It became known about this device more than a year ago, but only now has the company started shipping its accessories.

The SoC consists of a quad-core Arm Cortex-A73 processor, a real-time Cortex-M3 core, an Imagination GE9920 GPU and an NPU that provides maximum performance of up to 6.75 TOPS.

The developers equipped the device with 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 16 GB of eMMC flash memory. In addition, the device is equipped with four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a USB Type-C port, an Ethernet port and two HDMI ports. One for exit, one for entry. Accordingly, the single-payer can process the incoming video stream in real time.

It is also capable of 4K video playback, as well as processing two 1080p/60Hz video streams in parallel using H.264 and VP8 codecs. There is also a 40-pin connector plus an M.2 Key 2232 socket, a MIP-DSI interface and a slot for a memory card.

Single-payer characteristics:

  • SoC – SenaryTech SN3680 with

    • CPU – Quad-core Arm Cortex-A73 processor clocked up to 2.1 GHz
    • MCU – Arm Cortex-M3 real-time core @ 250 MHz
    • GPU – Imagination PowerVR Series9XE GE9920 graphics processor
    • VPU: 4Kp60 H265, H264, VP9, ​​VP8, AV1, MPEG-2 video decoding, 1080p60 H.264 / VP8 video encoding
    • NPU – up to 6.75 TOPS
    • Case type – FCBGA, 17mm x 17mm
    • Made using a 12-nanometer technological process
  • RAM – 4 GB LPDDR4
  • Refuge

    • 16 GB eMMC flash memory (optional up to 64 GB)
    • Micro SD card slot
    • SPI flash
  • Video and audio interfaces

    • 1x micro HDMI 2.1 port (output) up to 4Kp60 with HDR, CEC, EDID support
    • MIPI DSI interface
    • 1x micro HDMI port (input)
  • Network capabilities

    • Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port
    • Optional WiFi via USB dong
  • USB – 4x USB 3.0 ports
  • Expansion

    • Connector M.2 Key E (PCIe + MIPI CSI)
    • 40-pin connector with UART, up to 28x GPIO, I2C, SPI, PWN and power signals (+5 V, +3.3 V and GND)
  • Various

    • boot mode switch, power and activity LED indicators
    • Power supply – 5 V/3 A via USB Type-C port
    • Dimensions – 92 x 60 mm
    • Weight – 48 grams

According to the manufacturer, the performance of the board is better than that of the fourth “raspberry”. Of course, now there is already a fifth one, but not everyone needs such a powerful single-payer.

The price of the model is about $89 for the model with 4 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.

Firefly ROC-RK3588-RT and extensions to it

This device is very similar to the Raspberry Pi, but has more features. Yes, the device has three Ethernet ports at once, which automatically makes it the number 1 contender for work as a network device. On the other hand, it has 3 more HDMI ports, so you can connect multiple monitors to it.

In addition to everything, the device was equipped with its own eMMC memory and a card reader. In addition, there is a connector for M.2 2242 or SATA storage. And that’s not all – the device received an NPU with 6 TOPS.

It becomes clear that with such a number of functions, the price of the device should be higher than that of “Malynok”. And it really is, its cost is $229.

As for other capabilities and characteristics, the size of the device is 108*75 mm. Well, it is based on the Rockchip RK3588 processor. It has 4 Cortex-A76 cores, 4 Cortex-A55 cores and Mali-G610 MP4 graphics. By the way, the maximum configuration of the device is 16 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. And here is the list of ports and connectors:

  • 1 x 2.5 GbE Ethernet
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x HDMI 2.1 (8K@60Hz)
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 (4K@60Hz)
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C (w/DisplayPort 1.4 Alt Mode for 8K@30Hz video)
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Type-A

The developers also provided an M.2 2230 slot for wireless WiFi 6/BT 5.0. Debian, OpenWrt, Ubuntu and Android 12 are supported.

An expansion board has now been released that adds 4 RJ45 ports at once, this is 2.5 GbE Ethernet.

The expansion card connects to the BTB ROC-RK3588-RT 60-pin connector, which supports up to 4-channel PCIe 3.0 connections (or four 1-channel PCIe 3.0 connections). It turns out that the single board with this extension is equipped with seven Ethernet ports at once.

The expansion costs $55, and the single-payer itself costs $229 for a model with 8GB/64GB of RAM and memory.

Sipeed Longan Pi3H

It is more of a microcontroller, but unlike the Raspberry Pi Zero, it is equipped with micro-USB and mini-HDMI ports. It also has a full-sized RJ45 port for gigabit Ethernet. At the same time, the board is equipped with a 40-pin connector.

The processor is Allwinner H618, with a core frequency of 1.5 GHz (four ARM Cortex-A53 cores in total) and Mali-G31 MP2 graphics.

As for RAM and memory, the model is equipped with 2 or 4 GB of RAM and up to 32 GB of main memory. There is a slot for microSD memory cards and support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.4 wireless communication.

Here is the full list of ports and connectors:

  • 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Type-C
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  • 1 x RJ45 (Gigabit Ethernet)
  • 1 x microSD

Power supply – 5V.

The board supports operating systems such as Android 12, Debian and Armbian.

By the way, the board itself is a combination of two devices. This is the carrier board and the LM3H expansion board.

Here is the cost of different device options:

  • LM3H module with 2GB RAM/no memory for $18
  • Pi3H (module + carrier board) with 2GB RAM/no memory for $24
  • Pi3H (module + carrier board) with 4GB RAM/no memory for $30
  • Pi3H (module + carrier board) with 4GB RAM/32GB eMMC for $35

Youyetoo R1

This board is, of course, a little bigger than the “little one”. Its size is 100 x 69 mm. However, the device has many features that Raspberry Pi does not have. So, for example, there is a neuroprocessor with a performance of up to 6 TOPs, 32 GB of RAM and two slots for M.2 solid-state drives. They can be used to install not only SSDs, but also wireless memory cards or other modules.

The cost of the device starts at $109 for a model with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of memory. The processor is Rockchip RK3588S, with four Cortex-A76 CPU cores, four Cortex-A55 cores and Mali-G610 graphics.

As for the RAM, it is soldered on the board, so it will not be possible to upgrade the single-board device – that is. everything is the same as with other single-board computers. There is internal memory from 32 GB to 256 GB.

Here is the list of pots and connectors:

  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x HDMI 2.1
  • 2 x MIPI-DSI
  • 2 x MIPI-CSI
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C w/DisplayPort 1.4 Alt Mode
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Type0A
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  • 1 x 3.5 mm audio

There is also a microphone, the possibility of connecting a second microphone and a 30-pin connector with GPIO, UART, CAN, PWM, ADC, VCC and SPI pins. The developers also provided buttons for reboot, recovery, power on and download. Supported OSes are Android 13, Debian 11, Ubuntu 22.04 and Buildroot.

NanoPi R2S Plus

This single board is designed as a board for network devices – router, firewall, etc. The size of the board is only 58 x 58 mm, it does not have a video output. But there are two gigabit Ethernet ports, several USB ports and an M.2 connector for a wireless module. The cost of the device is $30.

By the way, the board has two USB-C ports at once, but they are not full-fledged, one is for power, the other is for debugging. The system is based on the Rockchip RK3328 processor. Also, the developers provided 1 GB of RAM and a slot for microSD memory cards. 32 GB eMMC is also on board.

Here is the list of supported systems:

  • OpenWrt-based FriendlyWrt versions 21.02 and 23.02
  • Ubuntu-based FriendlyCore Focal Lite 20.04 Buildroot
  • Debian 11 Core
  • OpenMediaVault
  • Buildroot

Well, that’s all for today, don’t switch.

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