In this article, We are providing a list of best Raspberry Pi Alternatives.
Raspberry Pi Alternatives
ROCK Pi 4
ROCK Pi 4 is a Rockchip RK3399 based SBC(Single Board Computer) by Radxa. It can run android or some Linux distributions. ROCK Pi 4 features a six core ARM processor, 64bit dual channel 3200Mb/s LPDDR4, up to 4K@60 HDMI, MIPI DSI, MIPI CSI, 3.5mm jack with mic, 802.11 ac WIFI, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Port, GbE LAN, 40-pin color expansion header, RTC. Also, ROCK Pi 4 supports USB PD and QC powering.
ROCK Pi 4 comes in two models, Model A and Model B, each model has 1GB, 2GB or 4GB ram options. for detailed difference of Model A and Model B.
|Model||ROCK PI 4 Model A||ROCK PI 4 Model B|
|Processor||64bits hexa core processor
Dual Cortex-72, frequency 1.8GHz with qual Cortex-A53, frequency 1.4GHz
Mali T860MP4 gpu, support OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.0/3.1/3.2, Vulkan 1.0, Open CL 1.1 1.2, DX11.
64bit dual channel LPDDR4@3200Mb/s, 1GB/2GB/4GB optioal
|Storage||eMMC module (Optional industrial compatible high performance eMMC module, 8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB available)
uSD card (uSD slot supports up to 128 GB uSD card)
M.2 SSD (M.2 connector supports up to 2T M2 NVME SSD)
|Display||HDMI 2.0 up to 4k@60
MIPI DSI 2 lanes via FPC connector
HDMI and MIPI DSI can work at the same time, support mirror mode or extend mode.
|Audio||3.5mm jack with mic
HD codec that supports up to 24-bit/96KHz audio.
|Camera||MIPI CSI 2 lanes via FPC connector, support up to 800 MP camera.|
|Wireless||None||802.11 ac wifi
with on board antenna
|USB||USB 3.0 OTG X1, hardware switch for host/device switch, upper one
USB 3.0 HOST X1, dedicated USB 3.0 channel, lower one
USB 2.0 HOST X2
|Ethernet||GbE LAN||GbE LAN with PoE support
additional HAT is required for powering from PoE
|IO||40-pin expansion header
1 x UART
2 x SPI bus
2 x I2C bus
1 x PCM/I2S
1 x SPDIF
1 x PWM
1 x ADC
6 x GPIO
2 x 5V DC power in
2 x 3.3V DC power in
RTC battery connector for time backup(optioal)
|Power||USB PD, support USB Type C PD 2.0, 9V/2A, 12V/2A, 15V/2A, 20V/2A.
Qualcomm® Quick ChargeTM: Supports QC 3.0/2.0 adapter, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A
|Size||85mm x 54mm|
Asus Tinker Board
The Asus Tinker Board carries most of the Raspberry Pi DNA in the form factor right down to the placement of its ports. Coming from Asus – one of the largest computer manufacturers on the planet – you can expect its features to be top-notch. The Tinker Board has the same layout, size, feature set, and 40-pin connector as the Raspberry Pi 3 model B.
Tinker Board features standard maker connectivity options, including a 40-pin GPIO interface that allow for interfacing with a range inputs from buttons, switches, sensors, LEDs, and much more. Tinker Board is equipped with one DSI MIPI connection for displays and touchscreens. The secondary CSI MIPI connection is for connection to compatible cameras allowing for computer vision, and much more.
Tinker Board also features Gbit LAN for Internet and network connectivity. A dedicated bus resource designed for the LAN port ensures consistent Ethernet performance. The integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth controller on the Tinker Board is shielded with a metal cover to ensure minimal interference and improved radio performance. An integrated IPEX antenna header allows for easy antenna replacement or upgrades.
Tinker Board also features a full-size HDMI output. Additionally, it includes four USB 2.0 ports for extensive peripheral and accessory connectivity.
ODROID-XU4 is a new generation of computing device with more powerful, more energy-efficient hardware and a smaller form factor. Offering open source support, the board can run various flavors of Linux, including the latest Ubuntu 16.04 and Android 4.4 KitKat, 5.0 Lollipop and 7.1 Nougat.
By implementing the eMMC 5.0, USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, the ODROID-XU4 boasts amazing data transfer speeds, a feature that is increasingly required to support advanced processing power on ARM devices.
This allows users to truly experience an upgrade in computing, especially with faster booting, web browsing, networking, and 3D games.
Banana Pi BPI-M64 is a 64-bit quad-core mini single board computer. It features 2GB of RAM and 8GB eMMC. It also has onboard WiFi and BT. On the ports side, the BPI-M64 has 2 USB A 2.0 ports, 1 USB OTG port, 1 HDMI port, 1 audio jack, and lastly a DC power port. The processor is pin-to-pin comptialbe with R18, so it comes with two versions:M64 and M64-R18.
Also being a member of the Banana Pi family, the M64 is a big jump from the octa-core BPI-M3. This is because this Banana Pi BPI is named after its 64-bit SoC. BPI-M4 will be reserved for an upcoming board.
Banana Pi is an open platform device, it is for anyone who wants to play and build with developer technology instead of simply using consumer technology. Backed by our community, starting a project and building servers is fun and rewarding. We welcome all companies, DIYers, and tech loving people within our community! Together, we can make a difference, we can discover our passions, inspire others, and build a practical project.
- The NanoPi NEO4 is a RK3399 SoC based ARM board. Its PCB size is only 60 x 45 mm and has rich hardware resources. These features make it a good platform for rapid product prototyping and various applications.
- NanoPi NEO4 has 1GB RAM, an onboard 2.4G wireless module, and rich hardware resources, such as USB3.0, USB2.0, PCIe, GbE, HDMI, MIPI-CSI, eMMC socket, SPI, GPIO, I2C, PWM, RTC, UART, etc.
- NanoPi NEO4 can be booted from either a TF card or an external eMMC module.
- The NanoPi NEO4 supports Ubuntu Desktop 18.04(64-bit), Lubuntu 16.04(32-bit), Ubuntu Core 18.04(64-bit) and Lubuntu Desktop with GPU and VPU acceleration. With these rich resources and powerful performance it can be widely used in applications of machine learning, AI, deep learning, robots, industrial control, industrial cameras, advertisement machines, game machines, blockchain and etc.
ROCK64 4K60P HDR Single Board Computer
ROCK64 is a credit card size 4K60P HDR10 Single Board Computer powered by Rockchip RK3328 Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor and support up to 4GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 memory. It provides eMMC module socket, MicroSD Card slot, Pi-2 Bus, Pi-P5+ Bus, USB 3.0 and many others peripheral devices interface for makers to integrate with sensors and devices. Various Operating System (OS) are made available by open source community such Android 7.1, Debian, and many more to come.
PINE A64-LTS Long Term Supply 64-bit ARM based SBC
PINE A64-LTS is Long Term Supply version of the Pine A64 Single Board Computer powered by Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor. The PINE A64-LTS board equips with 2GB LPDDR3 system memory and 128Mb SPI boot Flash, there is also optional eMMC module (up to 128GB) and microSD booting capability. It provides PI-2 GPIO Bus, Euler GPIO Bus and many others peripheral devices interface such as UART, SPI, I2C, for makers to integrate with sensors and devices. The PINE A64-LTS committed to supply for 5 years and at least until year 2022.
While these are the Some Best Raspberry Pi alternatives you’ll find on the market today, the list is by no means exhaustive. Other Raspberry Pi alternatives worth trying include Latte Panda, Arduino, C.H.I.P, BeagleBoard X15, and Orange Pi, just to mention a few.
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