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Will the new Tinker Board rival the Raspberry Pi?

27 January 2017

The Asus Tinker Board features a fast on-board processor, supports KODI, is 4K ready and features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, priced at £55.

Tinker Board (Credit: Asus)

The Tinker Board was released just after Raspberry Pi announced its Compute Module 3. It’s designed to expand the range of device-industrial uses and aimed at the growing IoT audience. 

"The Asus Tinker Board is not so much competition as extension of the Raspberry Pi ecosystem, and deeper it shows an extensible ARM ecosystem as well," said Paul Teich, principal analyst at Tirias Research.

In speaking to LinuxInsider, Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group said "the Asus part is substantially more powerful and uses about 25 percent more power." 

The Asus system outputs 4K video, while Raspberry Pi uses HD, he noted.

"This means the Asus part will perform far better when the performance requirement is higher and the need to keep energy cost down is lower,” said Enderle.

The embedded space has proven to be relatively lucrative and can be a jumping-off point for even bigger markets and technology partnerships, so it's likely other manufacturers will enter this space as well, he suggested.

• Quad core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A17 CPU
• 2GB Dual channel LPDDR3 memory
• Gigabit LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR connectivity
• 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
• 4x USB 2.0 ports
• 40-pin Internal header with 28 GPIO pins
• Contact points for PWM and S/PDIF signals
• 1x 3.5mm Audio jack connection
• CSI port for camera connection
• DSI port supporting HD resolution
• 1x HDMI 2.0 port to support 4K resolution
• Micro SD port supports UHS-I
• Supports Debian OS with KODI
• Power supply: 5V/ 2A Micro USB (not included)

The Asus Tinker Board is now available to buy at CPC Farnell

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