Asus has presented this week its computer board focused on the Internet of Things. It’s twice as powerful as the previous generation, and it comes with a surprise.
We talk a lot about Apple, Microsoft, Lenovo, or Xiaomi laptops. But who has revolutionized computing in recent decades has been the British Raspberry, with its microcomputers at revolutionary prices.
And although giants like Intel or Asus itself have tried to compete with it, no one has been able to repeat the success of Raspberry. At least until now. Asus is going to try again with Tinker Board 2 , the second generation of its micro PCs that double in performance to the previous generation. But they also come with a secret weapon to beat Raspberry Pi 4: native Android 10 support.
The new Tinker Board 2 debuts the new 6-core Rockchip RK3399 SOC, twice as powerful as the previous one, based on the new 64-bit ARM v8 architecture . It consists of a 2-core Cortex-A72 processor at 2 GHz, and a Cortex-A53 processor with 4 cores at 1.5 GHz. It is accompanied by a Mali-T860 multi-core GPU at 800 Mhz, with the possibility of running 3D graphics via openGL. It is 28% more powerful than the previous generation GPU.
It will be sold in several models with 2 and 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM . The standard version will only be able to store data on a microSD card, while the Tinker Board 2S will also have 16GB of internal Flash memory.
In the connection section, the dual-band ac WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0, Ethernet connector, and HDMI video outputs, DisplayPort via USB type C, and DSI are released. You can connect to two displays with 4K resolution at the same time . It also has 3 additional USB 3.2 connectors.
When it comes to connecting peripherals or sensors, it integrates a MIPI CSI-2 camera interface, and a 40-pin connector compatible with GPIO, UART, S / PDIF X, and much more.
The native operating systems supported by the Asus Tinker Board 2 are Debian 9 (Linux) and Android 10. Android 10 support is an important advantage over Raspberry Pi 4, since it accepts all the new features of the system, including artificial intelligence.
The technical characteristics of Tinker Board 2, which will be released at the beginning of the year, are very good, but to put them in perspective you need to know the price, which we do not know at the moment.