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