ROCK 5B: Pico-ITX board launches with an RK3588 SoC from US$84 with up to 16 GB of RAM
Radxa has unveiled another single-board computer (SBC), the ROCK 5 Model B. Announced in a post on its Community channel, the ROCK 5B has a Pico-ITX form factor, 100 x 72 mm, and features a Rockchip RK3588 SoC. For reference, the RK3588 contains four ARM Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.4 GHz, another four Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8 GHz, a Mali G610MC4 GPU and a 6 TOPS NPU. The SoC can also decode and encode 8K footage, for reference.
Additionally, Radxa will offer the ROCK 5B with 4 GB, 8 GB and 16 GB of LPDDR4x RAM. The company has included an M.2 2280 socket for an NVMe SSD (PCIe 3.0 x4), plus an eMMC socket and a microSD card reader. Incidentally, the SBC has built-in Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi 6E and 2.5 Gbps Ethernet, along with the following other connectors and ports:
- 1x 40-pin GPIO
- 2x HDMI 2.1 (8K/60 FPS)
- 1x HDMI 1 (4K/60 FPS)
- 2x MIPI-CSI
- 1x USB Type-C (DisplayPort Alt-Mode - 8K/30 FPS)
- 2x USB 3.0 Type-A
- 2x USB 2.0 Type-A
In the same blog post, Radxa clarifies that the Rock 5B supports Linux kernel 5.10, Android 12 and Debian Buster. The SBC starts at US$129 with 4 GB of RAM and increases to US$149 for the 8 GB of RAM edition, or US$189 if you want 16 GB of RAM. However, Radxa's partners are offering a US$50 code to be used against one ROCK 5B device. There are no limits on the volume of R3 codes you redeem, though. Pre-orders are open now on Ameridroid and ALLNET China; orders should start shipping in Q2 2022.