Pine64 launches new set of hardware boards.
The FOSDOM, is a free event for software & hardware developers to meet, share ideas and collaborate with each other that has also turned to an avenue where organizations, startups, and even lone wolfs use to launch or announce their latest line of technological solutions. The FOSDOM 2019 also continues the same trend with Pine64 launching a new series of hardware-based products, a pattern they continue after doing so before.
Pine64 came to limelight with the launch of their supposed Raspberry Pi killer called the Pine A64 in 2015, that was launched on Kickstarter and even grossed over $1 million but never live up to its mission of killing off the Raspberry Pi despite its mouthwatering $15 unit cost. The same fate that came upon the Pine A64 has fallen on tens of other similar boards, and the Raspberry Pi is still standing strong and not going down anything soon.
Some of the exciting products debuted by Pine64 during the event are shown below:
- The Pine H64 Model B
- The Rock64 Revision 3
The Pine H64 Model B
The Pine H64 Model B is a replacement of its predecessor the Pine64 H64 which was also announced at last year’s FOSDEM event. The Pine H64 shares similar attributes with the older H64, but a significant change is the board footprint which replicates the smaller Rock64 footprint as compared to the bigger H64 size. The board is built around the Allwinner H6, a quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 SoC with a Mali-T720 MP2 dual-core GPU capable of 4K60 playback and HDR
Like its predecessor, the board comes in three variants and costs $25 for the 1GB version, $35 for the 2GB version, and $45 for the 3GB version.
The device specification
- SoC: Allwinner H6 (Quad-core, Arm Cortex A53-based processor)
- GPU: Dual-core Mali-T720 MP2
- eMMC flash module
- Micro SD card
- Video: HDMI 2.0a output
- Audio: 3.5mm stereo earphone
- Gigabit Ethernet
- 2 x USB 2.0 host & 1 x USB 3.0 host
- 2 x 20 Raspberry Pi 2-compatible GPIO header
- Mini-PCIe connector
- Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module header
- SDIO 3.0
- IR receiver
The Rock64 Revision 3
Pine64 has launched a new revision for their well know Rock64 board. The Rock64 is the most popular and successful board ever created by the Pine64 team, and the board is one of those developers somehow found peace with. The ROCK64 is a credit card size 4K60P HDR10 Single Board Computer powered by Rockchip RK3328 Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor and supports up to 4GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 memory. It provides eMMC module socket, MicroSD Card slot, Pi-2 Bus, Pi-P5+ Bus, USB 3.0 and many other peripheral devices interface for makers to integrate with sensors and devices.
The new version 3 of the board adds the below:
- Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) support
- A Real Time Clock (RTC)
- Improved Raspberry Pi I/O compatibility
- Minor improvements
- support for high-speed micro SD Cards.
Just like the older models, the pricing will remain the same with the 1GB model priced at $24.95, the 2GB model at $34.95, and the 4GB model at $44.95.