The recently launched Tinker Board by ASUS comes with a 4K support and 2X faster memory. Thus, it is a tough rival to the credit-card sized amazing computer – Raspberry Pi. Why it is called Tinker board and how it became the new rival of the Pi computer? We will see this in this post titled as “New Rival Tinker Board Released by Asus.”
Why the new board released by Asus called a tinker board?
The newly released board by Asus is a Single Board Computer (SBC), which means it has all the features and functions of a single PCB circuit. It is small and available at affordable price. It helps you to easily build projects and circuits in the way to want. All these are the reasons for naming it as a ‘Tinkered Board.’
Let’s take a quick look at some of the amazing specifications of the new rival tinker board by Asus
It comes with a quad-core ARM Cortex 1.8GHz processor and provides 4K resolution with the support of one HDMI 2.0 port. It has a 2GB LPDDR3 dual-channel memory power and supports Bluetooth 4.0 and latest 802.11 b/g/n WiFi standards. Also, it comes with a Gigabit LAN and can be powered by a 5V/2A power supply through a Micro USB cable.
Design and Features of the Asus Tinker Board
The design of the new rival tinker board is almost similar to that of the Raspberry Pi. They are doing the same functions and have a lot similarity in outside design too.
A Micro USB port is at the bottom of the tinker board to get power, same as Raspberry Pi. Alongside the USB port, there is an audio jack and an HDMI port. On the top, it has a 40-pin GPIO connector. Four USB 2.0 ports and a Gigabit Ethernet connector are placed on the right side. The display input can be found on the left side of the board. Between the display input and the 3.5mm audio jack, there is an input port for the camera. All these means, it has a lot capability and connectivity which make it a tough rival to the Raspberry Pi.
Asus has released its own software for the newly released board. The 4K resolution support allows you to code the media center in the way you want. It also supports Kodi media center which is a popular mainstream open source circle. It runs on Debian Linux distro Operating System.
Comparison of Tinker Board from Asus Vs Raspberry Pi
|Asus Tinker Board||Raspberry Pi|
|Processor||Quad-core ARM Cortex 1.8GHz||Broadcom quad-core 1.2GHz|
|OS||Debian Linux||Debian Linux|
You can program the Asus tinker board in a variety of ways, and the multiple USB ports allow you to connect different devices at a time with it. There are a number of Pi rivals are present in the market; some with higher features but are costly, some are cheap but has to compromise with some functions. And the tinker board released by Asus is the new rival of the Raspberry Pi. Though it is costly than the tiny sized SBC and has a fewer community support than the Pi, the Asus Tinker Board will not let you down for any of your electronics tinkering projects.
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