RK3399 Renegade Elite SBC Launched for $99 on Indiegogo

By on July 30, 2018
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In partnership with Firefly, Libre Computer has launched its Renegade Elite (ROC-RK3399) SBC on Indiegogo. There’s only one funding package with 4GB LPDDR4 and an empty eMMC socket, priced at $99, with shipments due in September.

Libre Computer has released a few new details on the open-spec board, including the implementation of its promised Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) support. The 120 x 72 x 11.9mm SBC is touted for its thin profile, which could pay off in space-constrained applications such as robotics.

The $99 price is below that of most of the other open-spec, community backed contenders fielding the high-end Rockchip RK3399, which features dual 2GHz Cortex-A72 cores, 4x 1.42GHz Cortex-A53 cores, and a high-end Mali-T860 GPU.

The Renegade Elite also features dual USB 3.0 Type-C ports with DisplayPort and power support compared to only one Type-C port on its similarly priced rivals. The SBC lacks the 40-pin, Raspberry Pi like connectors found on the Orange Pi RK3399 and RockPro64, but like the latter, it offers a 60-pin PCIe x4 slot. The Renegade also supplies a 60-pin low-speed expansion connector.

Below Renegade Elite’s specifications:

  • Processor — Rockchip RK3399 (2x Cortex-A72 cores, 4x Cortex-A53 cores); Mali-T860 GPU
  • Memory:
    • 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
    • eMMC 5.x interface for up to 128GB
    • MicroSD slot
    • 128Mb SPI NOR
  • Display/media:
    • HDMI 2.0 port
    • 2x DisplayPort (via 2x USB 3.0 Type-C)
    • eDP
    • MIPI-DSI
    • MIPI-DSI /CSI dual role
    • MIPI-CSI
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port with optional PoE
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 3.0 Type-C (1x with power) with DisplayPort support (only 1x at a time)
    • 3x USB 2.0 host ports
    • UART and UART header
  • Expansion — 60-pin PCIe x4 2.1 header; 60-pin low speed header
  • Other features — IR receiver; RTC with battery backup; recovery button; various accessories to be announced later
  • Power — DC 12V (power input via Type-C); up to 15W consumption
  • Dimensions — 120 x 72 x 11.9mm
  • Operating system — Android 8.1 Oreo; Rockchip Linux 4.4 and mainline Linux 4.19+ with support for distros including Debian, Arch, Ubuntu 18.04, Fedora, and OpenSUSE

Renegade Elite pre-orders will run about $100 for the board only during the crowdfunding campaign, or up to $200 with accessories. Libre Computer says retail prices will be about 20 percent higher after the Indiegogo campaign ends.

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