AAEON releases RICO-3568 with Pico-ITX Plus Form Factor

AAEON releases RICO-3568 with Pico-ITX Plus Form Factor


AAEON is now inclining to a slightly wider form factor with its new RICO-3568 based on Rockchip RK3568 Quad-Core Arm® Cortex®-A55 Processor. Adhering to the Pico-ITX Plus form factor which is 100mm x 80mm in dimension, it seems the extra 8mm in its size compared to the array of AAEON Pico-ITX Boards, this one has more scope for interfaces.

The Rockchip RK3568 in the RICO-3568 means an integrated NPU with 0.8 TOPS and an Arm® Mali™-G52 GPU accompanying this Pico-ITX Fanless Board. The memory interface of RK3568 supports 32-bit DDR4, DDR3L, LP4, and LP4x with ECC, but the RICO-3568 optionally has Onboard LPDDR4 up to 8GB, while for storage the board is equipped with 16GB eMMC and Micro-SD card, along with a full-size mini-PCIe slot.


Interfaces of RICO-3568:

The RICO-3568 is equipped with several interfaces:

  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, BT V5.0
  • Display interfaces:
    • HDMI 2.0, up to 4K x 2K @ 60Hz (video decode)
    • eDP 1.3, up to 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz (video encode)
    • 18/24-bit LVDS, up to 1280 x 800 @ 60Hz; JP2, 3.3V/5V: LVDS Power Selection;n
    • LCD Backlight connector; JP3, 5V/12V: Backlight Power Selection
    • MIPI DSI up to 2048 x 1536 @ 60Hz for dual-MIPI mode
  • Audio: Microphone/ Earphone (3.5mm)
  • Networking ports:
    • 1x Gigabit Ethenret RJ45 port
    • Optional Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port via T650 daughter board or T650 Wide-Voltage board for dual GbE and PoE support
    • WiFi 5 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0 + EDR with u.FL antenna connector
    • Optional WiFi 6 or 4G LTE via mini PCIe socket and NanoSIM push-push type slot
  • USB
    • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 OTG Type-C port
    • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port
    • 1x USB 2.0 Type-A port
    • 1x USB 2.0 interface via pin Header with integrated USB, I2C, 5V
  • Serial
    • RS-232/422/485 DB9 connector; JP1, 5V/12V: RS-232/422/485 Voltage Output Selection
    • 7-pin RS-232 Debug wafer
    • CN3: UART (Tx/Rx only), I2C, USB, Others

RICO-3568 Block Diagram

The RICO-3568 allows a few expansions. It includes a full-size mini-PCIe slot, which supports both mSATA and USB devices, providing flexibility for storage and peripheral connectivity. Additionally, eight GPIO pins are accessible via a 2×6-pin Wafer, allowing for various custom hardware integrations. A 40-pin FPC connector further expands its functionality, supporting a daughter board that includes CAN Bus for automotive applications, two I2C interfaces for connecting sensors and other I2C devices, and GMAC for Ethernet connectivity, enhancing its suitability for diverse smart building and industrial applications.

What makes RICO-3568 robust

AAEON claims the RICO-3568, with its wide array of interfaces, is a robust, RISC-V based fanless industrial-grade solution for applications such as automation, digital signage, and edge computing. This could be owed to its versatile power supply options, including +12V DC input and optional Power over Ethernet (PoE). Its compact size (100 x 80mm) and lightweight design (200 grams) make it suitable for space-constrained environments. The board operates reliably within a wide temperature range (0°C to 60°C, with an optional -20°C to 60°C) and high humidity tolerance (0% to 90% relative humidity).

AAEON also provides Android 12 and Debian 10 support for the board, whilst, available documentation includes a datasheet and user manual mostly focusing on the hardware. More information on the RICO-3568 Pico-ITX Fanless Board with Rockchip RK3568 Quad-Core Arm® Cortex®-A55 Processor is available on the product page.

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Saumitra Jagdale is a Backend Developer, Freelance Technical Author, Global AI Ambassador (SwissCognitive), Open-source Contributor in Python projects, Leader of Tensorflow Community India, and Passionate AI/ML Enthusiast

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