Orange Pi 5 Series Now Features 32GB RAM Options

Orange Pi 5 Series Now Features 32GB RAM Options

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In the last few years, we have seen many development boards and SBCs featuring the Rockchip RK3588 SoC. This chip is known for supporting up to 32GB of RAM. However, this higher RAM option wasn’t available until Firefly released their RK3588 boards and modules with 32GB RAM earlier this summer.

Continuing that trend we have seen Orange Pi come up with Orange Pi 5Orange Pi 5B, and Orange Pi 5 Plus powered by the Rockchip RK3588S or RK3588 SoC.

Apart from the upgrade to more RAM, everything else about the board stays the same. In terms of competitors, you can check out the Topton M4 N100 Mini PC and the other N100-based products.

The New Orange Pi 5 Specifications:

  • SoC: Rockchip RK3588
  • CPU: Octa-core with 4x Cortex-A76 cores (up to 2.4 GHz) and 4x Cortex-A55 cores (up to 1.8 GHz)
  • GPU: Arm Mali-G610 MP4, supports OpenGL ES1.1/2.0/3.2, OpenCL 2.2, Vulkan 1.2
  • AI Accelerator: 6 TOPS, supports INT4/INT8/INT16/FP16 operations
  • VPU: 8Kp60 H.265/VP9/AVS2 10-bit decoder, 8Kp30 H.264 decoder, 4Kp60 AV1 decoder, 8Kp30 H.265/H.264 encoder
  • System Memory: 32GB LPDDR4/4x
  • Storage Options:
    • 16MB or 32MB QSPI NOR Flash
    • MicroSD card slot
    • eMMC module socket (32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB)
    • M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 x4 socket for NVMe SSDs (up to 2,000 MB/s)
  • Video Output:
    • 2x HDMI 2.1 ports (up to 8Kp60)
    • DisplayPort 1.4 (up to 8Kp30 via USB-C port)
    • 2x 4-lane MIPI DSI connectors (up to 4Kp60)
    • 6-pin FPC socket for touchscreen
  • Video Input:
    • 4-lane MIPI CSI connector
    • HDMI 2.0 input (up to 4Kp60)
  • Audio:
    • ES8388 audio codec, AWINIC AW8733ATQR audio amplifier
    • 3.5mm audio jack (headphone and microphone support)
    • Onboard MIC
    • HDMI 2.1 eARC support
    • Speaker connector
  • Networking:
    • 2x 2.5GbE RJ45 ports (RTL8125BG controllers)
    • Optional WiFi and Bluetooth via M.2 module
  • USB Ports:
    • 2x USB 3.0
    • 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) Type-C
    • 2x USB 2.0
  • Expansion:
    • 40-pin header (GPIO, UART, I2C, SPI, CAN, I2S, PDM, AUDDSM, SDIO, PWM)
    • M.2 Key-M socket (PCIe 3.0 x4) for 2280 NVMe SSDs or PCIe modules
    • M.2 Key-E socket (PCIe 2.0 x1/PCM/UART/USB2.0) for 2230 modules (WiFi 6, Bluetooth)
  • Debugging: 3-pin UART header for serial console
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Power, MaskROM, and Recovery buttons
    • Power LED, status LED, RGB LED
    • IR receiver
    • 5V fan connector
    • 2-pin connector for RTC backup battery
  • Power Supply: 5V/4A via USB Type-C port
  • Dimensions: 100 x 70 mm (slightly wider than Orange Pi 5B)
  • Weight: 86.5 grams

The cost of adding 32GB RAM to the Rockchip RK3588 was high before, which is why makers didn’t offer it at first. But now, the price has dropped a lot, and Orange Pi has set new, much lower prices for it and you can get both of those on Amazon and AliExpress.

The Orange Pi 5 with 32GB RAM is priced at $159, available on both Aliexpress and Amazon. The Orange Pi 5B, offering 32GB RAM and 256GB eMMC flash, and the Orange Pi 5 Plus with 32GB RAM are both set at $248.13 and also available on Aliexpress and Amazon.

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