Asus announces Tinker V SBC with RISC-V processor
Single-board computers are usually built around an Arm processor, but this is quickly changing with the accelerated adoption of the RISC-V standard that has been happening in the last few years. Asus is among the first prominent manufacturers to release a RISC-V-based SBC, as the company recently announced a Tinker V board for developers who want to experiment with the alternative processor microarchitecture.
In order to keep things budget-friendly, the Tinker V comes with a rather simplistic Renesas RZ/Five MPU that features a single AndesCore AX45MP RISC-V clocked at 1 GHz. The board itself comes in a Pico-ITX form-factor and integrates a soldered 1 GB of DDR4 RAM plus an SD card reader for storage and optional 16 GB of eMMC. Port selection includes two microUSB connectors, GPIO pins, two GbE jacks, two CAN Bus connectors and two COM connectors with 5 pins.
Since it is designed to operate between -20°C and 60°C, the Tinker V boards can easily be implemented with industrial IoT solutions. Asus is planning to continue its collaboration with Renesas and introduce more powerful RISC-V-based boards in the near future. The new Tinker V SBCs are on display this week at the Embedded World event in Germany.