Announced the New NanoPi NEO4: the Cheapest & Smallest RK3399 Board

By on October 11, 2018
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Just a couple of months ago FriendlyElec introduced the NanoPi M4, which was then the smallest, most affordable Rockchip RK3399 based SBC yet. But now they have launched a $45, Rockchip RK3399 based NanoPi Neo4 SBC with a 60 x 45mm footprint, WiFi/BT, GbE, USB 3.0, HDMI 2.0, MIPI-CSI, a 40-pin header, and -20 to 70℃ support — but only 1GB of RAM.

The processor RK3399 belongs to processor family which support USB 3.0. NEO4 contains USB 3.0 Type A connector and also USB 3.0 Type C which is dedicated for powering and communication.
That’s change against NanoPi M4 which also includes USB Type C, but it is connected only to USB 2.0 interface.

NanoPi NEO4 board specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3399 big.LITTLE hexa-core processor with  2x Arm Cortex-A72 @ up to 2.0GHz, 4x Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.5GHz, a Mali-T864 GPU with support OpenGL ES1.1/2.0/3.0/3.1, OpenVG1.1, OpenCL, DX11, and AFBC, and a VPU with 4K VP9 and 4K 10-bit H265/H264 decoding
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3-1866
  • Storage – eMMC module socket, micro SD card slot
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDCP 1.4/2.2 support
  • Camera – 1x 4-lane MIPI-CSI connector for camera up to 13MP
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 2.4 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 with 1x u.FL antenna connector
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 2.0 type-C port with OTG mode and power input, 1x USB 2.0 type A port, 1x USB 2.0 interface via 2.54mm header
  • Expansion
    • 40-pin GPIO1 header with 2x 3V I2C, 1x 3V UART/SPI, 1x SPDIF_TX, up to 8x 3V GPIOs, PCIe x2,  1x PWM, PowerKey
    • GPIO2 header with 1x 1.8V 8ch I2S
    • GPIO3 header with debug UART, 1x USB 2.0
  • Misc – Power LED, user LED, 2-pin header for RTC battery
  • Power Supply – 5V/3A via USB-C port; RK808-D PMIC
  • Dimensions – 60 x 45 mm (8-layer PCB)
  • Temperature Range – -20℃ to 70℃

The company provides Ubuntu Desktop 18.04(64-bit), Lubuntu 16.04(32-bit), Ubuntu Core 18.04(64-bit) and Lubuntu Desktop with GPU and VPU acceleration for the board. So it can be used in applications of machine learning, AI, deep learning, robots, industrial control, industrial cameras, advertisement machines, game machines and more.

Thanks to the RK3399, you get native Gigabit Ethernet. There’s also a wireless module with 802.11n limited to 2.4GHz WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

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