Khadas VIM3: a Powerful Raspberry Pi Alternative

By on June 30, 2019
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A new powerful Raspberry Pi alternative has been launched by Khadas in the form of the VIM3 which is available as both a Basic and Pro version priced at $99 and $139 respectively.

The VIM3 uses an Amlogic S992X system-on-a-chip (SoC), the same SoC at the core of the Odroid-N2, which features four Cortex-A73 performance cores and two Cortex-A53 efficiency cores, as well as a Mali-G52 MP4 GPU, with support for 4K 10-bit video decoding at 75 fps for H.265 content.

Compared to the Odroid-N2, the VIM3 Pro also contains 16MB SPI flash, while the Odroid-N2 has only 8MB. It also features a MIPI-DSI display connector, a tri-axis accelerometer, and a dual-channel IR receiver.

VIM3 specifications include:

  • SoC – Amlogic S922X hexa-core processor with 4x Arm Cortex-A73 and 2x Cortex A53 cores, Arm Mali-G52 MP4 GPU, built-in Cortex-M4 core for “always-on” processing
  • MCU – STMicro STM8S003 with Programmable EEPROM for power management, customizations, and boot media configuration
  • System Memory & Storage
    • VIM3 Basic – 2GB LPDDR4/4X RAM, 16GB eMMC 5.1 flash
    • VIM3 Pro – 4GB LPDDR4/4X RAM, 32GB eMMC 5.1 flash
    • Common – 16MB SPI flash, microSD card slot supporting up to UHS-I SDR104, support for M.2 2280 NVMe SSD (see Expansion section)
  • Video Output & Display Interface
    • HDMI2.1 transmitter with 3D, Dynamic HDR, CEC, and HDCP 2.2 support
    • 4-lane MIPI-DSI interface up to 1920 x 1080
    • 10-pin 0.5mm Pitch FPC Connector for touch panel
  • Video
    • 4K UHD H.265 75fps 10-bit video decoder & low latency 1080p H.265 / H.264 60fps decoder
    • Supports multi-video decoding up to 4Kx2K@60fps + 1x1080P@60fps
    • Dolby Vision and HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, and PRIME HDR video processing
  • Connectivity
    • Gigabit Ethernet with WoL support
    • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFI 5, 2X2 MIMO with RSDB and Bluetooth 5.0 via Ampak AP6398S module
  • USB – 1x USB  3.0/2.0 type A port, 1x USB 2.0 type A port, 1x USB 2.0 OTG type-C port with USB PD support
  • Sensor – KXTJ3-1057 3-axis digital accelerometer
  • Expansion
    • M.2 Socket with single lane PCIe 2.0, USB 2.0, I2S, I2C, ADC, 100M Ethernet PHY interface, GPIO, MCU_PA2
    • 40-pins 2.54mm pitch header exposing:
      • CPU signals – USB, I2C, I2S, SPDIF, UART, PWM, ADC
      • MCU signals – SWIM, NRST, PA1
  • Misc – 2x IR receivers, RTC & battery header, 4-pin cooling fan header with PWM speed control, 3x LED’s, power, Func and reset buttons, XPWR pads for an external power button
  • Power Supply – 5V to 20V via USB-C port or pogo pads
  • Dimensions – 82.0 x 58.0 x 11.5 mm (4x M2 mounting holes)
  • Weight – Around 30 grams
  • Certifications – CE, RoHS



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