Yesterday, ASUS announced Tinker Board, a Single Board Computer (SBC) equipped with 4K capabilities, 2GB of RAM, and a powerful Rockchip RK3288, a powerful Quad-Core ARM-based processor. On that alone, it would offer a significantly more powerful and improved performance versus other SBC boards.
It also sports a SD 3.0 interface that offers faster read and write speeds compared to expandable microSD cards that are usually used for OS, applications and file storage. An ARM-based Mali T764 GPU can also be found on the board, a powerful yet energy-efficient GPU that allows high-quality media playback, can be used for gaming, recognise gestures, image stabilisation and processing and much more. Audio is also improved compared to other SBC boards, as a HD codec that supports up to 24-bit/192kHz audio can be found on the Tinker. An integrated audio jack can also support audio output and microphone in.
A 40-ping GPIO interface is also present on the board that allows the Tinker Board to communicate with outer devices and interfacing with a range of inputs ranging from buttons, switches, sensors, LEDs and much more. You can also find a DSI MIPI connection on the Tinker for displays and touchscreens if needed.
For internet and network connectivity, a Gigabit LAN on a dedicated bus resource ensures consistent Ethernet performance without compromise. The intergrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth controller is also padded with metal covers to ensure minimal interference while providing optimal radio performance.
Port wise, it sports a full-sized HDMI output along with two USB 2.0 ports for additional connectivity or peripherals. A Debian-based distribution ensures a smooth and functional experience right out of the box. Other OS such as Armbian, DietPi, Volumio, LUbuntu and much more is also supported by the Tinker Board.
The Tinker Board is priced at RM285 and is now available to purchase in Malaysia.