Asus Tinker Board

Asus is teasing their take on the SBC to rival the Raspberry Pi. Their single-board computer said to offer 4K video playback, with superior 24-bit audio looks to put the Raspberry Pi in the past.   The “Tinker Board” for short is said to be released sometime in March, though there are no signs of it in the U.S. just yet.

Both the Pi 2 and Tinker Board are almost the same size, and at first glance it appears that the GPIO pins and mounting holes are in the same positions. The Tinker Board measures 3.3 in. by 2.1 in. and features a quad-core Arm Cortex A17 CPU clocked at 1.8GHz, an ARM Mali-T764 GPU, and a not-insignificant 2GB of DDR3 memory, though the A17 Tinker Board is only capable of handling 32-bit instructions.

The Tinker Board’s  Mali-T764 GPU is more powerful than thePi 3’s Broadcom VideoCore IV inside. Asus claims the H.265 4K decoding received almost double the benchmark score from Geekbench, compared to Raspberry Pi.  Other features of the board are support for SDIO 3.0, gigabit Ethernet, and swappable antennas for the built-in Wi-Fi module –802.11 b/g/n.

 

I look forward to this board becoming available in the U.S. and will gladly review it here. My next project will likely be an in-car stereo with nav and diagnostics. The Tinker Board’s upgraded audio will definitely provide a better result compared to the Pi 3.