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Yet Another Raspberry Pi Competitor That's Cheaper and 4K Capable

10 July 2017

The Rock64 developer board. (Source: Pine64)The Rock64 developer board. (Source: Pine64)

Just a few days after a potential Raspberry Pi 3 competitor was launched, yet another has been made available to challenge the venerable maker board — the Rock64 media board computer.

Rock64 is a credit card size developer board powered by Rockchip RK3328 quad-core ARM Cortex A53 64-bit processor and supports up to 4-gigabyte, 1600-megahertz LPDDR memory. The big difference here is that it also supports 4K resolution for high dynamic range playback.

Other features include an embedded multi-media controller (eMMC) module socket, MicroSD card slot, Pi-2 bus, Pi-P5+ Bus, USB 3.0 and other peripheral interfaces for makers to integrate with sensors and other devices. It also has a starting price of about $25, making it cheaper than Raspberry Pi.

Rock64 is available for pre-order right now with shipments expected to begin at the end of July.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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