what does the market offer the developer? / Hebrew

what does the market offer the developer? / Hebrew

As always, electronics manufacturers continue to release new models of single-board PCs. There are more and more of them, which can’t help but be happy – because we are getting systems capable of solving various tasks. At the beginning of spring 2024, several interesting models appeared, which are worth talking about in more detail.

EmbedFire LubanCat 4

This is a Rockchip RK3588S-based developer board with a mini PCIe connector for Wi-Fi or 4G LTE. The board is equipped with Ethernet, USB, mini PCIe, HDMI 2.1, SIM card holder and microSD. This is very good for such a miniature device – its size is only 85*56 mm.

In addition, there is RAM and main memory – 16 GB and 128 GB, respectively. In the latter case, it is about eMMC. The device is equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet port, five USB ports (including one USB-C), a built-in microphone, several audio inputs and outputs, a 40-pin expansion connector compatible with Raspberry Pi, and supports HDMI input via an adapter connected to the port MIPI CSI.

The chip here is an octa-core processor with 4 Cortex-A76 cores with a frequency of up to 2.2-2.4 GHz, 4 Cortex-A55 cores with a frequency of up to 1.8 GHz. Well, Arm Mali-G610 graphics with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.2 and Vulkan 1.2. There is also an 8Kp60 video decoder for H.265/AVS2/VP9/H.264/AV1 codecs, and an 8Kp30 H.265/H.264 video encoder.

As for operating systems, the board supports Android 13, Debian, Ubuntu and ROS.

The single-player isn’t that cheap, priced around $105, and that’s for the base model with 4GB of RAM and no eMMC. The cost of a device with 16 GB of RAM and 128 GB of main memory is about 180 USD. A lot, but as far as you can tell, the pay is worth it.

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.

This single-payer works with Android and Ubuntu 20.04. Recently, the manufacturers of the single board have posted several videos that demonstrate the capabilities of the II board.

The cost of the device is about 80 USD, depending on the seller. Some are a little cheaper, some are a little more expensive.

Kaki Pi

This single-payer with the original naming was released by the Japanese, not the Chinese. Manufacturer – Yurydenki-Shokai Co. Ltd. The system is based on the Renesas RZ/V2H Arm with a powerful AI accelerator of 80 TOPS. The form factor is “raspberry”, with the usual moments like a 40-pin GPIO, PCIe 3.0, as in the Raspberry Pi 5, and four 22-pin MIPI CSI connectors. As far as we know, these are all compatible with Raspberry Pi accessories.

RAM – LPDDR4 with a maximum volume of 8GB. There is a microSD card, a 22-pin MIPI DSI connector for the display, a Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 3.0 ports, two CAN Bus connectors. Here is the full list of features of this board:

  • SoC: Renesas RZ/V2H, CPU/MK cores, Arm Cortex-A55 quad-core processor up to 1.8 GHz. Arm Cortex-R8 dual-core real-time microcontroller with a frequency of up to 800 MHz. Up to 200 MHz Arm Cortex-M33 microcontroller core for system control
  • GPU – Arm Mali-G31 GPU
  • ISP – Mali C55
  • NPU – DRP-AI3 up to 8 TOPS (INT8) or 80 TOPS (Sparse), dynamically reconfigurable DRP (STP4) processor.
  • System memory – 2 GB, 4 GB or 8 GB of LPDDR4 memory with a frequency of up to 1333 MHz.
  • Memory – microSD card slot
  • Video output – 22-pin 4-lane MIPI DSI connector
  • Video inputs — 4x 22-pin 4-lane MIPI CSI connectors
  • Network – Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports.
  • USB – 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • Expansion: PCIe 3.0 x1 FFC connector compatible with Raspberry Pi 5 connector, 40-pin GPIO connector (mainly) compatible with Raspberry Pi connector with 26x GPIO, UART/I2C, SPI, I2S, PWM, 5V, 3.3V and GND. Note: GPIOs work at a voltage of 3.3 V, 2x CAN-bus connector
  • Dimensions – 85 x 56 x 19 mm (similar to Raspberry Pi Model B)

As for software, the Japanese provide their own Yocto Linux SDK. OS like ROS2 is supported.

ASUS Tinker Board 3N

This is a more serious charge, by the way, it was first presented in April 2023. In the same year, it was named Tinker Board 3N. The manufacturer, ASUS, offers three different system options:

  • Tinker Board 3N.
  • Tinker Board 3N Plus can be used in industry or used in fairly harsh environments, with temperatures from -40°C to 85°C.
  • Tinker Board 3N Lite – with one Gigabit Ethernet port without PoE support, without M.2 B-key connector for NVMe SSD or 4G/5G cellular, without SPI 16MB. flash memory, fewer serial interfaces and no CAN bus.

The board is compatible with OS like Debian 11 and Android 12. Also, it supports ASUS IoT.

New HAT+ for Raspberry Pi 5

This is no longer about single-payer, but about accessories for it. Namely for Raspberry Pi 5. The PineBerry Pi company specializes in the development of additional modules for “raspberries”. And recently presented five novelties at once:

  • HatNET! 2.5G – 2.5GbE for Raspberry Pi 5 based on Realtek RTL8125BG controller, dedicated MAC address range (ie not randomly assigned). There is also an RJ45 with activity and connection LEDs.
  • HatDrive! NET 1G – Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8111H) and M.2 M-Key connector for SSD NVMe 2230,2242. Implemented via an ASMedia PCIe Gen 2 switch. Unfortunately, there is no SSD boot yet.
  • HatDrive! AI – Two M.2 PCIe connectors: one M-Key connector for NVMe 2230/2242 SSD and one E-Key connector for Google Coral Edge TPU module or other compatible M.2 module. Downloading via ASMedia PCIe, similar to the option above.
  • HatDrive! Dual is the same as above but with two M.2 M-Key PCIe slots for NVMe 2230/2242 SSDs. RAID-1 is supported for data redundancy.
  • HatBRICK! Commander – Adds two PCIe FPC connectors to the Raspberry Pi 5 using Media PCIe to connect any number of PCIe HAT+ cards in series.

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