Novasom M9: A Raspberry Pi alternative that supports M.2 drives and three video outputs
Novasom Industries has unveiled its latest single-board computer (SBC), the Novasom M9. A Rockchip RK3399 powers the 105 x 56 mm SBC, which integrates four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, two Cortex-A72 cores and an ARM Mali-T860 MP4 GPU. Novasom Industries has complemented the RK3399 with up to 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 128 GB of eMMC flash storage.
However, the M9 also has an M.2 slot for adding an NVMe drive, giving it an edge of many SBCs. Naturally, Novasom Industries has included a microSD card slot too. Either storage medium could be used to install and run an OS from, though. Additionally, the M9 has three video outputs, split across DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI, and MIPI DSI. There is also two MIPI CSI camera connections and a 26-pin expansion header. Moreover, Novasom Industries has included one USB Type-A port and a further USB connections via expansion headers. Two of these support the newer USB 3.0 standard, while the other two run on USB 2.0.
The M9 has a Gigabit Ethernet port too, but the device supports up to WiFi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.1 LE. millimeter board is equipped with a GPIO header. According to the manufacturer, the M9 can be powered by an uninterruptible power supply and will run Android and Linux BSP.
Sadly, Novasom Industries is yet to disclose how much the Novasom M9 will cost. Similarly, it is unknown when the company will release the board. Novasom Industries should publish more details on its M-Line page in due course, though.