Mekotronics Includes 4G LTE connectivity and PoE support in their R58X-4G RK358 board

Mekotronics Includes 4G LTE connectivity and PoE support in their R58X-4G RK358 board


Mekotronics has released an upgrade to the original R58X RK3588 mini-computer, adding support for 4G LTE and Power over Ethernet (PoE). The compact R58X-4G mini PC is perfect for a wide range of applications including home entertainment, digital signage, light gaming, and remote work. It is powerful and versatile, offering two 8K capable HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs, one 4K HDMI input, and a few USB ports. Thanks to the 4G LTE which was included in the board; you can easily connect it to mobile networks for internet access and this will work well for you if you are in a place that has no reliable internet connection. You also do not need to get yourself a separate power source as you can power the board with the same Ethernet cable that is used for data connectivity. This also means easy and convenient installations for you, thanks to the PoE support.

The mini PC also has support for up to 16GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB eMMC storage, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, WiFi 6, and Bluetooth 5. At its heart is the high-performance Rockchip RK3588 processor optimized for use in IoT devices, embedded systems, and mini PCs.The processor is based on an 8-core ARM Cortex-A76 CPU architecture and Mali-G610 MP4 graphics.

Key Features and Specifications Include:

  • Rockchip RK3588 with:
    • 4x Cortex-A76 cores at 2.4GHz and 4x Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8GHz CPU
    • Arm Mali-G610 MP4 Graphics Processing Unit
    • 6.0 TOPS NPU
    • 8K 10-bit decoder and 8K encoder
  • 4GB/8GB/16GB RAM
  • 32GB/64GB/128GB eMMC 5.1
  • SATA 3.0 plus power connectors
  • M.2 2280 (PCIe 3.0) slot for NVMe SSD
  • 2x GbE RJ45 port
  • Dual-band WiFi 6
  • 4G LTE and GPS mini PCIe modem
  • NanoSIM card slot
  • 4x antennas for network and cellular connectivity
  • Display Output: 1x 8K-capable HDMI 2.1 port and 1x 8K-capable DisplayPort 1.4
  • Display Input: 1x HDMI 2.0 and 1x 2-lane MIPI CSI
  • Video Encoder: Real-time H.265/264 video encoding up to 8Kp30
  • Video Decoder:
    • 8K 60Hz H.265 VP9, AVS
    • 8K 30Hz H.264 AVC/MVC
    • 4K 60Hz AV1
    • 1080p60 MPEG-2, MPEG-1, VC-1, VP8
  • 3.5mm audio jack for microphones and headphones
  • USB 3.0 Type-A
  • 2x USB 2.0 Type-A
  • 1x USB Type-C for debugging
  • 1x M.2 M-Key PCIe
  • Mini PCIe for 4G LTE/GPS module
  • RS232, RS485, GPIOs, I2C industrial ports
  • 12V power output
  • Four LEDs for Power, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and Ethernet
  • 1x Power Button
  • RTC plus CT2032 battery
  • Power: 12V/2A via DC jack or header; 4-pin PoE header
  • Dimensions: TBD
  • Operating System: Android 12, Debian 11, Ubuntu 20.04, Buildroot
  • Certifications: CE, RoHS, FCC

Pricing and Additional Information

You can get the R58X-4G RK3588 mini computer at different prices depending on your choice of system memory and storage:

  • 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC flash variant – $225
  • 8GB RAM and 64GB eMMC flash variant – $259
  • 16GB RAM and 64GB eMMC flash variant – $295
  • 16GB RAM and 128GB eMMC flash variant – $329

Purchase links as well as other specifics relating to the board can be found on the product page.

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About Emmanuel Odunlade

Hardware Design Engineer | #IoT Consultant |All things #ML | Entrepreneur | Serial Writer | Passionate about Innovation and technology as tools for solving problems in developing countries. Spare time is spent around writing and advocacy for the growth of the Maker/DIY Culture in Africa.

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