ASUS Tinker Board
Type90MB0QY1-M0EAY0
Release dateApril 19, 2017
Introductory priceabout US$59.99
Operating systemTinkerOS (a Debian Linux derivative), Armbian (Debian or Ubuntu derivative), Android
System on a chipRockchip RK3288
CPU1.8 GHz 32-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A17
Memory2 GB dual-channel DDR3
StorageMicroSDHC UHS-1 slot
GraphicsARM Mali-T760 M4 GPU – supports 1080p & 4K
WebsiteASUS specifications page

The ASUS Tinker Board is a single-board computer launched by ASUS in early 2017. Its physical size and GPIO pinout are designed to be compatible with the second and third-generation Raspberry Pi models. The first released board features 4K video, 2 GB of onboard RAM, Gigabit Ethernet and a Rockchip RK3288 processor running at 1.8 GHz.[1]

Specifications

Model Tinker Board Tinker Board S Tinker Board R2.0 Tinker Board S R2.0 Tinker Edge T Tinker Edge R Tinker Board 2 Tinker Board 2S Tinker Board 3N
Release Date April 2017 January 2018 October 2021 November 2019[2] November 2020 August 2023
SoC Rockchip RK3288 Rockchip RK3288-CG.W NXP i.MX 8M Rockchip RK3399Pro OP1 (Rockchip RK3399) Rockchip RK3568
Architecture ARMv7-A (32-bit) ARMv8 (64-bit)
CPU Quad-core 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex-A17 (up to 2.6 GHz turbo clock speed) Quad-Core Quad core 1.5[3] GHz ARM Cortex-A53 Hexa core. 2× Cortex-A72 cores up to 1.8 GHz, 4× Cortex-A53 cores @ 1.4 GHz Hexa core. 2x Cortex-A72 cores up to 2 GHz , 4× Cortex-A53 cores @ 1.5 GHz Quad core 4× Cortex-A55
GPU 600 MHz Mali-T764 MP4 GC7000 Lite 3D 800 MHz Mali-T860 MP4 Mali G52
Coprocessor N/A Google Edge TPU

4 TOPS of performance

NPU

3 TOPS of performance

N/A
RAM 2GB dual channel LPDDR3 1 GB LPDDR4 4 GB dual channel LPDDR4 for system,
2 GB LPDDR3 for NPU
2GB/4GB dual-channel LPDDR4 RAM options 2GB/4GB/8GB dual-channel LPDDR4 RAM options
Storage removable MicroSD slot (supporting SD 3.0 ) 16GB eMMC + removable MicroSD slot (supporting SD 3.0) Micro SD(TF) slot 16/32 eMMC + Micro SD(TF) slot 8GB eMMC 16GB eMMC + removable MicroSD slot (supporting SD 3.0) Removable MicroSD slot 16GB eMMC + removable MicroSD slot
Video output 1× full size HDMI 1.4
1× MIPI-DSI (compatible with the Raspberry Pi 7" display and others)
1× HDMI 2.0 (4K-capable)
1× MIPI-DSI (4 lane)
1× DisplayPort 1.2 via USB Type-C
1× HDMI with CEC hardware ready
1× LVDS (Dual-link)
1× eDP
Video input 1× 15-pin MIPI-CSI camera 2× MIPI-CSI camera 1× MIPI CSI-2 (2 lane) camera
Audio RTL ALC4040 HD CODEC, Play: 24bit/192 kHz, Record: 24bit/96 kHz
3.5 mm audio jack (supporting line out and microphone in)
RTL ALC4040 HD CODEC, Play: 24bit/192 kHz, Record: 24bit/96 kHz

3.5 mm audio jack (supporting line out and microphone in, Plug-in Detection and Auto-Switch)

  • 1× HDMI audio output
  • RTL ALC4030U CODEC with 1 x 3.5mm audio jack (with mic and plug-in detection)
  • 1× S/PDIF TX pin
  • 1× PCM/I2S pins (from GPIO)
3.5 mm audio jack 1× HDMI audio output
1× S/PDIF TX pin (from GPIO)
1× PCM/I2S pins (from GPIO)
Other IO 40-pin header with:
  • up to 28× GPIO pins
  • up to 2× SPI bus
  • up to 2× I2C bus
  • up to 4× UART
  • up to 2× PWM
  • up to 1× PCM/I2S
  • 2× 5V power pins
  • 2× 3.3V power pins
  • 8× ground pins

1× 2-pin contact pin :

  • 1× PWM
  • 1× S/PDIF
40-pin header with:
  • up to 28× GPIO pins
  • up to 2× SPI bus
  • up to 2× I2C bus
  • up to 4× UART
  • up to 2× PWM
  • up to 1× PCM/I2S (Enhanced I2S pin with Slave mode)
  • 2× 5V power pins
  • 2× 3.3V power pins
  • 8× ground pins

1 x 2-pin contact pin :

  • 1× PWM
  • 1× S/PDIF

1× 2-pin Power-on Header

40-pin header with:
  • up to 28× GPIO pins
  • up to 2× SPI bus
  • up to 2× I2C bus
  • up to 4× UART
  • up to 2× PWM
  • up to 1× PCM/I2S
  • 2× 5V power pins
  • 2× 3.3V power pins
  • 8× ground pins

1× 2-pin Power-on Header

1× 2-pin eMMC recovery header

1× 2-pin contact pin :

  • 1× PWM
  • 1× S/PDIF
40-pin header with:
  • up to 28× GPIO pins
  • up to 2× SPI bus
  • up to 2× I2C bus
  • up to 4× UART
  • up to 2× PWM
  • up to 1× PCM/I2S (Enhanced I2S pin with Slave mode)
  • 2× 5V power pins
  • 2× 3.3V power pins
  • 8× ground pins
40-pin header with:
  • up to 28× GPIO pins
  • up to 2× SPI bus
  • up to 2× I2C bus
  • up to 4× UART
  • up to 2× PWM
  • up to 1× PCM/I2S (Enhanced I2S pin with Slave mode)
  • 2× 5V power pins
  • 2× 3.3V power pins
  • 8× ground pins

mPCIe Card & nanoSIM card slot for 4G/LTE

40-pin header with:
  • up to 28× GPIO pins
  • up to 2× SPI bus
  • up to 2× I2C bus
  • up to 2× UART
  • up to 3× PWM
  • up to 1× S/PDIF TX
  • up to 1× PCM/I2S (Enhanced I2S pin with Slave mode)
  • 2× 5V power pins
  • 2× 3.3V power pins
  • 8× ground pins

1× 2-pin Recovery header
1× 2-pin Power-on header
1× 2-pin Reset header
1× 2-pin Debug UART header
1× 2-pin DC Fan header
1× 2-pin RTC Battery header

USB USB 2.0 ports USB 3.0, 1x USB-C USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB-C USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A ports
USB 3.2 Gen1 Type C (OTG & DisplayPort 1.2)
1× USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C OTG port
2× USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports
2× USB 2.0 Pin header
Wired
Network
Gigabit LAN (not shared with USB bus)
Wireless
Network
802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, with IPEX antenna header 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi) on module
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR Blutetooth 4.2 + EDR Bluetooth 4.1 Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 5.0
Power Micro-USB; due to Micro-USB power delivery limitations, powering over GPIO is suggested [4][5] 5V/2.5~3A Micro USB (supports low power voltage detection) 12V - 19V DC-in barrel connector
Form Factor 8.55 cm x 5.4 cm (3.37 x 2.125 inch) 10.16 cm × 10.16 cm (4.0 x 4.0 inch) NUC
Weight 55g
Operating Systems
  • Debian 10 Linux
  • Android 11
  • Debian 9 Linux
  • Android 10
Notes Specification sourced from Asus[9][10] [11] Specification sourced from Asus[12][13][14] [15] [16] [17][18][19][20] Specification sourced from Asus[21][22] [23]

History

ASUS's intent to release a single-board computer was leaked shortly after CES 2017[24] on SlideShare.[25] ASUS originally planned for a late February 2017 release, but a UK vendor broke the embargo and began advertising and selling boards starting on 13 February 2017, before ASUS's marketing department was ready.[26] ASUS subsequently pulled the release; the Amazon sales page was changed to show a 13 March 2017 release date, but was later removed entirely.[27] However, as of 24 March 2017, the Tinker Board again became available on Amazon. ASUS assured reviewer websites that the board is now in full production.[28]

Benchmarks

In January 2017 tests showed the Tinker Board has roughly twice the processing power of the Raspberry Pi Model 3 when the Pi 3 runs in 32-bit mode.[29] Because the Pi 3 has not released a 64-bit operating system yet, no comparisons are available against a Pi 3 running in 64-bit mode.[needs update]

In March 2017 benchmark testing found that while the WLAN performance is only around 30Mbit/s, the Gigabit Ethernet delivers a full 950 Mbit/s throughput.[28] RAM access tested using the mbw benchmark is 25% faster than the Raspberry Pi 3. SD card (microSD) access is about twice as fast at 37 MiB/s for buffered reads (compared to typically around 18 MiB/s for the Pi 3[30]) due to the Tinker Board's SDIO 3.0 interface, while cached reads can reach speeds up to 770 MiB/s.[28]

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