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The Khadas VIM3 is a new hexa-core Raspberry Pi competitor that supports PCIe NVMe drives

The VIM3 will come in three versions including two entry-level models. (Image source: Khadas)
The VIM3 will come in three versions including two entry-level models. (Image source: Khadas)
Khadas has announced its new single board computer, the VIM3. The company has based the board on the powerful Amlogic S922X SoC and will equip it with up to 4 GB of RAM along with 32 GB of eMMC storage. The VIM3 supports Wi-Fi 5 and PCIe NVMe SSDs too.

The Khadas VIM3 is more than just a single board computer (SBC), it is three. The company has announced plans to release 3 versions of the board, but the entry-level version will have two versions. The two more premium models are both currently called the VIM3*, but we expect Khadas to give the devices different names once more details are released. The company has not announced pricing or availability yet, but below is a summary of the differences between the two versions of the VIM3 that we know so far:

Model Basic Pro
Storage 16 GB eMMC 5.1 32 GB eMMC 5.1
RAM 2 GB LPDDR4/4x 4 GB LPDRR4/4X

Both versions will feature an Amlogic S922X SoC that integrates an ARM Mali-G52 MP4 GPU, four ARM Cortex-A73 cores and two ARM Cortex-A53 cores. The SoC also supports Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG and PRIME HDR video processing along with a 10-bit 4K video decoder. Khadas has integrated a neural processing unit (NPU) too that can reportedly process up to 2.5 tera operations per second (TOPS).

The VIM3 can power two displays simultaneously with its HDMI 2.1 and MIPI-DSI ports. The SBC also has a 3-axis digital accelerometer that can detect when a display has been rotated. The VIM will support up to IEEE 802.11 ac Wi-Fi too, which Khadas has complemented with a 2x2 MIMO antenna with RSDB.

One big feature of the VIM3 is its M.2 socket, which supports M.2 2280 NVMe drives and can run at one lane of PCIe 2.0. Khadas has integrated USB on the M.2 socket too and claims that you will be able to switch between PCIe or USB when you needed. The company has given conflicting reports about what speed the USB connection will operate at though, with some documents stating 3.0 and others 2.0. There will also be two other USB ports, including one Type-C port that supports USB Power Delivery (PD).

The VIM3 will measure 82.0 x 58.0 x 11.5 mm and weigh 28.5 g. Khadas has given a more extensive breakdown of the product features on its forum and website. We shall keep you updated with more information about pricing and availability when it is announced.

(Image source: Khadas)

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Alex Alderson, 2019-05-16 (Update: 2019-05-17)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor
I got my first smartphone aged 11, my first PC aged 12 and I have been tinkering with electronics ever since. I like to keep abreast of the latest news and technology, which inevitably leads me to switch my laptop and phone every few months. When I'm not writing for Notebookcheck, you will find me seeking out new coffee shops, bars and trying to find some hidden gems in record stores.