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Rock Pi E: A compact Raspberry Pi alternative with dual Ethernet ports

The Rock Pi E starts at US$24.00. (Image source: Radxa & Seeedstudio)
The Rock Pi E starts at US$24.00. (Image source: Radxa & Seeedstudio)
The Rock Pi E is the latest single-board computer by Radxa. Based on the Rockchip RK3328, the Rock Pi E is available with up to 2 GB of RAM and features dual Ethernet ports. The Rock Pi E starts at US$24.00.
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Radxa has announced its latest single-board computer (SBC), the Rock Pi E. Powered by a Rockchip RK3328 SoC, the Rock Pi E features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor that can clock up to 1.3 GHz and an ARM Mali-450 MP4 GPU. Also packed onto 56 x 65 mm board is 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB or 2 GB of DDR3 RAM. The Rock Pi E does not have built-in storage, but it does support 16 GB-128 GB eMMC flash storage and up to 128 GB microSD cards.

The RK3328 supports up to 4K VP9 and 4K 10-bit H264/H265 video decoding at up to 60 FPS, or 1080p video encoding for the H264 and H265 codecs. The board has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, but there is no dedicated display output. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are on board though, albeit they require an external antenna. Radxa has integrated two Ethernet ports too. One supports 10/100M Ethernet, while the other can operate at Gigabit speeds and supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) through a HAT.

The Rock Pi E runs on 5 V, which can be supplied by its USB Type-C port or a 40-pin header. The latter can be utilised for USB 2.0, I2C, SPI, UART and I2S, along with 3.3 V DC power. Finally, there is a USB 3.0 Type-A port and several LEDs.

The Rock Pi E starts at US$24.00 from Seeedstudio for the 512 MB model. The retailer charges US$26.00 for the 1 GB model, but this version lacks PoE support. If you want PoE and 1 GB of RAM, then you must spend US$28.00. Radxa states that Debian 10 Buster and Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic are supported, the details of which you can find on the Rock Pi E wiki.

(Image source: Radxa)
(Image source: Radxa)
(Image source: Radxa)
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Alex Alderson, 2020-07-27 (Update: 2021-09-28)