Banana Pi previews BPI-W3 single-board computer with Rockchip RK3588 SoC
Banana Pi has introduced a new single-board computer (SBC) based around the Rockchip RK3588. Dubbed the BPI-W3, the SBC is marketed as a router-based development board, which explains the inclusion of three HDMI ports. For reference, two of these are HDMI out, while the latter is HDMI in. Additionally, Banana Pi has equipped the BPI-W3 with two Gigabit Ethernet ports, which is on the low side for a router.
Moreover, the Rockchip RK3588 contains four ARM Cortex-A76 CPU cores, four Cortex-A55 CPU cores, a Mali-G610 MP4 GPU and an NPU that offers up to 6 TOPS of performance (INT8). Complementing the SoC is 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32 GB of eMMC flash storage; seemingly, Banana Pi plans to offer the BPI-W3 in one memory configuration. Incidentally, the SBC has a 40-pin header with 28 GPIO pins, a SATA interface, four USB Type-A ports of varying standards and a USB Type-C port.
Currently, Banana Pi is offering samples to developers and has not confirmed a public release date yet. According to the SBC's wiki, the BPI-W3 will support Android 12 and Linux when it arrives, plus OpenWrt. Presumably, Banana Pi will confirm more details closer to the BPI-W3's launch, although the wiki also states that the SBC measures 148 x 101 mm.