Asus’ Tinker Board enters Raspberry Pi/Creator market space – in distribution

January 23, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Premier Farnell, under its CPC brand, is listing the Asus 90MB0QY1-M0EAY0 ‘Tinker Board’. This ARM Cortex-based computer-on-a-card features 4K graphics, on-board WiFi and Bluetooth, and Gigabit Ethernet wired connectivity.

Asus builds the board around the Rockchip RK3288, which is a quad-core, ARM Cortex-A17 device from the Chinese fabless IC house. It has on-chip graphics with the ARM Mali-T764 GPU, supporting OpenGL ES1.1/2.0/3.0, Open VG1.1, OpenCL, and DirectX11. Asus uses the same device as the processor in several of its Chromebook computers.

The distributor lists its main feature set as;

  • Quad core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A17 CPU

  • 2GB Dual channel LPDDR3 memory

  • Gigabit LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR connectivity

  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi

  • 4x USB 2.0 ports

  • 40-pin Internal header with 28 GPIO pins

  • Contact points for PWM and S/PDIF signals

  • 1x 3.5mm Audio jack connection

  • CSI port for camera connection

  • DSI port supporting HD resolution

  • 1x HDMI 2.0 port to support 4K resolution

  • Micro SD port supports UHS-I

  • Supports Debian OS with KODI

  • Power supply required: 5V/ 2A Micro USB

The card measures approximately 85 x 56 mm, and is listed by CPC at £55 or €65.39 (inclusive of VAT).

Farnell CPC; http://cpc.farnell.com/asus/90mb0qy1-m0eay0/tinker-board-2gb-1-8ghz-4k-gb/dp/SC14363