Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The success of the Raspberry Pi mini computer has inspired many others to follow suit, and now even Asus has a go at it, with its Tinker Board.
The Asus Tinker Board uses the same similar board format like the Rasberry Pi and also relies on a ARM CPU (Rockchip RK3288 Cortex-A17 quad-core), however, we also get double the RAM (2GB), Gigabit Ethernet, and 4K support. Features that will be very welcomed by many.
In addition we also get integrated WiFi, 4x USB 2.0 ports, 28 pin I/O, PWM and S/PDIF outputs, microSD, camera port, and the statement that it also runs Debian and KODI. After all, there's no point in having powerful hardware if you can't put it to good use with standard software, right?
Though there's little chance the Tinker Board will displace the Raspberry Pi as the most popular "cheap computer" out there, for about 63 euros (£55) it can be a very interesting alternative for those that were considering the Raspberry Pi as a media player / media center with Kodi. The GigE port and 4K support (I'll assume it will be able to decode 4K video via hardware) will certainly make it much better suited for that task.