Rock Pi S: A US$9.9 Rockchip RK3308 powered SBC that is tinier than a Raspberry Pi
Radxa, the maker of Rock Pi 4, is back. CNX Software reports that the company has sent an email to subscribers detailing its upcoming product launches. One that may cause a stir in the SBC community is the Rock Pi S, a miniature developer board that measures just 3.8 x 3.8 cm.
The Rock Pi S is powered by a Rockchip RK3308 SoC, which integrates four 64-bit ARM Cortex-A35 cores. LinuxGizmos claims that each core should reach up to 1.3 GHz, for reference. The SoC also contains a built-in voice activity detector (VAD) for use with IoT and smart voice applications. Radxa has included a 26-pin GPIO header along with a 26-pin audio/voice header and a microSD card reader.
Additionally, the Rock Pi S has a 100 Mbps Ethernet port, a USB 2.0 Type-A port and a USB 2.0 Type-C port that supports OTG and 5V power. The board will come with 256 MB or 512 MB of RAM too. Optionally, Radxa will sell the Rock Pi S with up to 8 GB of onboard NAND storage, and an RTL8723BS module that supports Wi-Fi 4 (up to 802.11 n) and Bluetooth 4.0. The board currently runs Debian and will support the Buildroot too.
The Rock Pi S will cost US$9.90 for the base model according to CNX Software, although it is unclear at this stage when Radxa will start selling the SBC. The company has some samples ready to send to developers though if you are interested. You can contact Radxa here for more information. You can also subscribe to the RockPi newsletter by visiting the RockPi website. We shall keep you updated with any Rock Pi S related information when we hear about it too.