Rock Pi: $39 Hexa-Core RK3399 Raspberry Pi Clone

By on November 12, 2018
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Radxa is working on a Raspberry pi like board called the Rock Pi that runs Linux or Android on a hexa-core Rockchip RK3399 SoC, starting at $39 with 1GB RAM.

The Rock Pi matches the RPi 3 layout, but unlike the RPi 3B or 3B+, the GbE port is native, giving you at least 939Mbps — about three times the bandwidth. Like the 3B+, it supports Power-over-Ethernet using the same official Raspberry Pi PoE HAT.

The Rock Pi has a microSD slot and an empty eMMC socket in addition to the M.2. You also get one of the main selling points of the RK3399: an HDMI 2.0 port. The board provides 2-lane MIPI-DSI and -CSI interfaces for dual displays and camera attachments, respectively. Other features include an audio jack with mic, an RTC, and a USB Type-C port for wide-range power.

ROCK Pi 4 comes in two models, Model A and Model B, each model has 1GB, 2GB or 4GB ram options.

Specifications listed for the Rock Pi include:

  • Processor — Rockchip RK3399 (2x Cortex-A72 at up to 2.0GHz, 4x Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.5GHz); Mali-T860 MP4 GPU
  • Memory/storage:
    • 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB LPDDR4 RAM (dual-channel)
    • eMMC socket for 8GB to 128GB (bootable)
    • MicroSD slot for up to 128GB (bootable)
    • M.2 socket with support for up to 2TB NVMe SSD
  • Wireless — 802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz) with Bluetooth 5.0 with antenna (Model B only)
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port; PoE support on Model B only (requires RPi PoE HAT)
  • Media I/O:
    • HDMI 2.0a port (with audio) for up to 4K at 60Hz
    • MIPI-DSI (2-lane) via FPC; dual display mirror or extend with HDMI
    • MIPI-CSI (2-lane) via FPC for up to 8MP camera
    • 3.5mm audio I/O jack (24-bit/96KHz)
    • Mic interface
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 3.0 host ports
    • 2x USB 2.0 host ports
    • USB 3.0 Type-C OTG with power support and HW switch for host/device
  • Expansion — 40-pin GPIO header (see pinout diagram); M.2 slot for SSD (see mem/storage)
  • Other features — RTC with optional battery connector
  • Power:
    • 5.5-20V input
    • USB Type-C PD 2.0, 9V/2A, 12V/2A, 15V/2A, 20V/2A
    • Qualcomm Quick Charge support for QC 3.0/2.0 adapter, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A
    • 8mA to 20mA consumption
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 80°C
  • Dimensions — 85 x 54mm
  • Operating system — Android 9.0; “some” Linux distros

The Rock Pi Model A will sell for $39 (1GB), $49 (2GB) and $65 (4GB). The Model B, which adds PoE and a WiFi-ac/Bluetooth 5.0 wireless module will sell for $49 (1GB), $59 (2GB) or $75 (4GB).

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