ROCK Pi E SBC Features Rockchip RK3328, With 64bits quad core processor
In the past, we have seen some Rockchip boards from Radxa, like the Rock pi N10(RK3399Pro) and the Rock PiS powered by the RK3308 Cortex-A35 processor. Now, Radxa has launched a Rock Pi E SBC, which is a Rockchip RK3328 based SBC. It is equipped with a 64bits quad core processor, USB 3.0, dual ethernet, wireless connectivity at the size of 2.5×2.2 inch (56x65mm), making it perfect for IoT and network applications. ROCK Pi E comes in various ram sizes from 512MB to 4GB DDR3, and uses uSD card for OS and storage as well as supporting eMMC module. Optionally, ROCK Pi E supports PoE, additional HAT is required. The SBC that is similar to the ROCK Pi E in the market, is the NanoPi R2S dual Gigabit Ethernet SBC from FriendlyElec, which is powered by Rockchip RK3328 SBC. The major difference between the two SBC is that Rock Pi E is equipped with one Gigabit Ethernet port, a USB 3.0 port, a built-in WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity which is unavailable on the NanoPi R2S.
The following are specifications of Rock Pi E:
- SoC – Rockchip RK3328 quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor @ up to 1.3 GHz
- System Memory – 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, or 2GB DDR3
- Storage – MicroSD card slot up to 128GB, eMMC module support ( 16GB / 32GB / 64GB / 128GB)
- Video & Audio – 3.5mm AV output jack (Not 100% sure whether composite video is supported)
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet port with PoE support via an additional HAT
- 10/100M Ethernet
- 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n Wifi 4 and Bluetooth 4.2 via RTL8723DU OR
- Dual-band 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2 via RTL8821CU
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 Type-A host port
- Expansion – 40-pin expansion header with 1x USB 2.0, 1x I2C, 1x SPI, 2x
- UART, 1x I2S, 5V, 3.3V and GND signals
- Misc – Reset key, Maskrom key, LEDs
- Power Supply – 5V via USB-C port
- Dimensions – 56 x 65mm.
The ROCk Pi E currently supports Debian Buster, Ubuntu Bionic, etc. The following are the only variants available for sale on Seeed Studio :
- Rock Pi E D4W1P : The ROCK Pi E D4W1P Is equipped with 512MB DDR3, RTL8723DU (Wi-Fi 4 + Bluetooth 4.2), PoE support, with an additional PoE HAT, and uses a micro-SD card for OS and storage as well as supports eMMC modules. It sells for $24.
- Rock Pi E D8W2P: The ROCK Pi E D8W2P comes in 1GB DDR3 RAM and uses a micro-SD card for OS and storage as well as supports eMMC modules. Also, this supports PoE, with an additional PoE HAT, for $26.
- Rock Pi E D8W2: The ROCK Pi E D8W2 comes in 1GB DDR3 RAM and uses a micro-SD card for OS and storage as well as supports eMMC modules. RTL8821CU (Wi-Fi 5 + Bluetooth 4.2), PoE support, for $28.
We can find some of the variants on ALLNetChina with a starting price of $19, offering 512MB RAM, and no wireless module. Radxa did not release enough details regarding accessories, hopefully we will get some updates soon. You can find more information about the board on Radxa’s wiki page, and you can purchase the boards on Seeed Studio’s website.
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