Creating the future, making connections: Tinker Board is more than a dream for the DIY-obsessed: it’s a gateway to new ideas and new relationships. ASUS has been innovating for nearly three decades, and Tinker Board is our effort to create togetherness. Experienced makers will love Tinker Board’s performance-to-price ratio and strong brand heritage, while novices and younger users will appreciate its accessibility and ease of use. But all will come together to create — Together We Make!
High spec, low cost: Tinker Board packs a whole load of exciting feature into a very small space, and at an incredibly competitive price that’s barely more than its manufacturing cost. ASUS has identified a clear DIY/maker market trend and we intend to create a big impact with our little board, so we’ve crammed in loads of tech while keeping our profits to a minimum — it’s our little contribution to the DIY world. Attractive design: Motherboards aren’t usually pretty but with Tinker Board we’ve created a little PCB that’s alive with detail and color, so it’s as great to look at as it is to handle. The diminutive dimensions and lack of ugly components like a giant heatsink mean that Tinker Board both looks and feels instantly accessible — so it will appeal to novice makers and enthusiasts alike. Connect with others: Tinker Board is all set to transform the DIY and maker markets. With a low cost to entry and an open and flexible platform, Tinker Board will open the door to inventiveness — and allow users both young and old to connect with the wider Tinker Board community. The ASUS role will be to maximize the platform’s flexibility and expand consumer choices.
Asus Tinker Board
DREAM, INVENT, INSPIRE
- For EDUCATION
• Electronics learning
• Programming/coding study
- For MAKER
• A powerful board that highly compatible with current solution
and peripherals available in the market
- For IoT/Industrial application
• Low power consumption with high performance platform
Processor Cortex-A17 Quad-core 1.8GHz
ARM Mali-T764 GPU supports Support OpenGL ES1.1/2.0/3.0,
OpenVG1.1, OpenCL, DirectX11
1 x HDMI, supports H.264 4K decode
1 x 15-pin MIPI DSI supports up to HD
Memory Size Dual-CH LPDDR3 2GB
Storage Micro SD(TF) card slot
1 x GB LAN
1 x wireless 802.11 b/g/n & BT 4.0 + EDR
Audio RTL HD Codec with 1 x 3.5mm audio jack
USB 4 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x 40-pin headers includes:
- up to 28 x GPIO pins
- up to 2 x SPI bus
- up to 2 x I2C bus
- up to 4 x UART
- up to 2 x PWM
- up to 1 x PCM/I2S
- 2 x 5V power pins
- 2 x 3.3V power pins
- 8 x ground pins
1 x 2-pin contact points includes:
- 1 x PWM signal
- 1 x S/PDIF signal
Power Connector Micro USB (5V/2A)
OS Support Debian/KODI
Dimension 3.37" x 2.125"
Detail Product Specification
ASUS Tinker Board Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
Core Processor (SoC) Rockchip RK3288 Quad-Core 1.8Ghz Broadcom BCM2837 Quad-Core 1.2Ghz
(tested by GeekBench)
RAM 2GB 1 GB RAM
Display HDMI with H.264 4K decode capability HDMI with HD resolution
NIC Gb LAN 100M LAN
Audio Supports up to 192K/24bit sample rate 48K/16bit
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n + swappable antenna Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, 4.0 + EDR Yes, 4.1 + LE
SDIO SDIO 3.0 SDIO 2.0
Official Supported OS Linux – Debian / KODI Linux – Debian
Almost 2X faster!!
The Benchmark Scores of CPU/Memory
(higher is better)
Geekbench Score Integer Floating Point Memory Stream
Testing procedure, download and install Geekbench on Tinker Board & RPi3, then run the test.
The Benchmark Scores of Storage (SD Slot)
(higher is better)
Testing configuration: Tinker Board/2GB & Rpi with “SanDisk ExtremePRO UHS-I 128GB SD card”
How to Get it Start (1/3)
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
MONITOR HDMI CABLE KEYBOARD MOUSE
POWER SUPPLY MICRO SD CARD
*Besides the board, all the items have to purchase separately.
How to Get it Start (2/3)
- Insert the SD card with OS Image
- Connect HDMI Cable to Monitor
- Connect USB Keyboard & Mouse
- Connect USB Power Supply
- Boot UP
How to Get it Start (3/3)
- Connect to the peripherals that you need for your creation
- Using C / Python / Scratch…to code scripts
- Start make the creation
Question. What’s open source hardware?
Answer. "Open hardware," or "open source hardware," refers to the design specifications of a physical object which are licensed in such a way
that said object can be studied, modified, created, and distributed by anyone..
Question. Does the board use a new form factor? Who made this dimension?
Answer. As a open source hardware, there should not a standard form factor available on the market, and usually the board form factor, or even
the PCB shape depends on the project’s usage scenario. It all rely on what users want to create.
Question. What’s the main IC on this board? What’s the performance and why this SoC?
Answer. The main IC is ROCKCHIP RK3288. It’s a system-on-chip IC integrated lots of functions inside, including a quad-core cortex-A17 1.8G
processor, Mali-T764 GPU with 4K support. And the SoC performance is pretty higher as well, for example, the Antutu benchmark score is
around 37K. The high performance supports this product running the OS faster and smoother, also create the possibilities for some usage
scenarios that required strong computing power, for example, a VR headset was shown at the MWC(Mobile World Congress) exhibition this year.
Question. Can I build a PC with this board? What’re the supported OS? Can I run windows on it?
Answer. Yes, this product mainly supports Linux-based OS, like Debian, and we’ll release the kernel file and datasheet for users to create more
possibilities for other OSs. But windows OS is not supported.
Question. So, this is ASUS pi?
Answer. You can expect more on us. Raspberry PI has been in the market for so long, we’re here to expand users’ choices with more options.
And this board has 4K support, higher SoC performance, faster Ethernet transmission, and flexibility for the memory size, I believe users will
create some more different creations based on these features.
Question. What’s the 40pin onboard header for?
Answer. This board provides several 5V/3.3V/I2C/SPI/UART/PWM signals allowing to connect below modules available on the market.
Question. Where can I get the peripherals, like chassis, power adapter, cable, sensor and the others?
Answer. There’re lots of e-tailers like ADAFruit, SPARK FUN, SEEED STUDIO…, and they focus on providing the peripherals including chassis,
power cable, display panel for the open source hardware.
Question. What’s the package contents?
Answer. A quick start guide, a ESD shielding bag, and a Tinker board inside of the packing box.
Question. What’s the max power consumption?
Answer. Idle with 1080P HDMI out: 2.25Watt, without HDMI: 2Watt. The max power consumption is around 5 Watt.
Question. Which Linux distributions are compatible with our MB? Is it 100% software compatible with all Raspberry Pi OS?
Answer. ASUS will release our own operating system based on Debian, and we’ll also arrange this board to 3rd party alliance for wider OS support,
such as ubuntu, openSUSE….
But due to the SoC solution is different as RPi, Tinker Board can’t install all the Raspberry Pi OS.
Question. Will we have a dedicated developer page / community were users can share their programming work?
Answer. Yes, but it’s still under discussing with HQ MKT.
If there’s any questions, please feel free to let us know, thank you!