Computer maker Asus’ recently-launched Tinker Board for hardware enthusiasts is now available for purchase in the US. In January, the Taiwanese tech company took the wraps off the Tinker Board, which has been available in Europe but until now not the US. Just like the Raspberry Pi 3 and other boards, Asus’ Tinker Board is a mini computer without a power supply, keyboard, mouse, and display. Tech Pro Research System Monitoring Policy Going old school with tape backup Leaders share software-defined networking’s benefits, obstacles, favored vendors TechRepublic’s Depreciation Calculator Available on Amazon for $60, the Tinker Board is nearly double the price of the $35 Raspberry Pi 3. However, ASUS has focused on higher performance features, equipping it with twice as much RAM, and support for 4K playback. The Tinker Board’s core features include a quad-core 1.8GHz ARM processor from Rockchip, with a Mali-T764 GPU, and 2GB of DDR3 memory. That spec contrasts with the Raspberry Pi 3’s Broadcom SoC with a 1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A53 CPU, and Broadcom Video Core IV GPU. Interfaces include four USB 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm audio jack with 192K/24bit audio, a CSI port for cameras, a DSI port, HDMI 2.0 port, and MicroSD port. Wireless support includes 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0. It also features a 40-pin header for expansions with 28 general-purpose input output (GPIO) pins, allowing the board to control other hardware for modding projects. As ZDNet sister site TechRepublic previously reported, the Tinker Board outdoes the Raspberry Pi’s hardware specs,… [Read full story]
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