Raspberry Pi's latest competitor RockPro64 brings more power plus AI processor

The RockPro64 developer board is a Rockchip RK3399-powered alternative to the Raspberry Pi.
Written by Liam Tung, Contributing Writer

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Pine64 has released a budget-friendly single-board computer with the high-powered Rockchip RK3399 system on chip (SoC).

Available from around $60, the RockPro64 board comes in two flavors, either with the hexa-core RK3399 SoC or the RK3399Pro, Rockchip's first "artificial-intelligence processor". Unveiled at CES 2018, it combines a CPU, GPU, and neural-network processing unit (NPU).

As noted by CNX-Software, a number of RK3999-based boards have been released in the past week but, priced at around $200 each, they've been aimed at business customers rather than home developers.

The RockPro64 with 2GB of RAM will cost between $59 and $65 and will be available from March, while the RockPro64-AI will cost $99 but won't be available until August 1, according to Pine64.

The hexa-core SoC consists of a dual-core ARM Cortex-A72, a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53, and quad-core Mali-T860MP4 GPU. The AI-model is differentiated by the additional NPU featured in the RK3399Pro and 4GB RAM.


The RockPro64 comes in two versions, with either the RK3399 SoC or the RK3399Pro, Rockchip's first "artificial-intelligence processor".

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The board features a USB 3.0 Type C port to attach to a second display with 4K support, and two USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card HDMI 2.0 output, 40-pin GPIO, Gigabit Ethernet, an SDIO socket for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules, and a PCIe4 connector. There's also 128MB of SPI Flash memory to boot from attached storage.

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CNX-Software notes that the board will support Android and Linux. Part of the reason the business-focused RK3999 boards cost more is they include storage. The RockPro64 does not, and requires an external wireless module for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

While the RockPro64 boards won't be available for a few months, Pine64 is also launching new Pine H64 boards on January 31 starting at $25 for the 1GB model. The 2GB and 3GB models will be available for $35 and $45, respectively.

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