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Pico-ITX SBC extends hexa-core Rockchip RK3399

Jan 29, 2018 — by Eric Brown — 1731 views

Aaeon’s “RICO-3399” SBC runs Android 7.0 on the Rockchip RK3399, with 2x Cortex-A72 and 4x -A53 cores, plus 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, and GbE, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0, serial, and mini-PCIe connections.

Aaeon has posted details on a successor to its similarly Pico-ITX and Rockchip based RICO-3288 single-board computer. Although there are several significant changes in features, the main difference is the switch from the 32-bit quad-core, Cortex-A17 Rockchip RK3288 to the 64-bit, hexa-core RK3399. Aaeon is offering Android 7.0 or 7.1, depending on different citations, and with Rockchip’s thorough support for Linux, you likely have other options.



RICO-3399, front and back
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The Rockchip RK3399 features two Cortex-A72 cores that are here clocked to up to 1.8GHz, as well as four Cortex-A53 cores, which on other RK3399 boards are typically clocked at up to 1.42GHz. There’s also a high-end ARM Mali-T864 GPU.

Other RK3399 SBCs include Firefly’s Firefly-RK3399 and the similarly open source Rockchip RK3399 Sapphire, as well as the Videostrong VS-RD-RK3399. The 100 x 72mm RICO-3399, however, is the smallest RK3399 based SBC we’ve encountered.

Like the RICO-3288, the RICO-3399 gives you 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC flash, and a microSD slot. It similarly offers an HDMI 2.0 port and eDP interface. The latter advances to the same 4Kx2K @ 60Hz resolution as the HDMI port, and is supported with an IC2/USB touch interface. The previous LVDS connections, however, have been removed.

The board lacks the separate F and V SKUs available on the RICO-3288, which both provided WiFi/Bluetooth, a Nano-SIM slot, and optional GPS. Instead, the WiFi/BT module and optional GPS are available only on a special “0001” SKU, which also ships with an LTE slot and optional 7.4V battery. Note that the WiFi is listed as the old-school 802.11a, but this may well be a typo, and Aaeon meant to indicate 802.11ac, which is supported by the Rockchip RK3399. The RICO-3399 continues to offer a standard Nano-SIM and full-size mini-PCIe slot with support for optional 3G/4G LTE modules. There’s also a new NFC option.



RICO-3399 (left) and block diagram
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The RICO-3399 shares its older sibling’s GbE port, RS-232/422/485 port, and RS-232 header. Yet, the 2x additional RS-232 ports and 2x optional CAN ports that were available on the RICO-3288’s V model are no longer available. In place of the previous dual USB 2.0 ports and micro-USB ports, you get USB 3.0, 2.0, and Type C ports, plus an internal 2.0 header. As before, you get audio I/O and 8-bit DIO.


RICO-3399 port view
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The extended temperature option found on the RICO-3288 does not appear to be available on this 0 to 60°C board. Oddly, the intro of both the product page and datasheet note support for MIPI-CSI, but this is not listed in either spec list, nor is it shown on the block diagram.

Specifications listed for the RICO-3399 include:

  • Processor — Rockchip RK3399 (2x Cortex-A72 and 4x Cortex-A53 cores @ up to 1.8GHz); Mali-T864 GPU
  • Memory:
    • 2GB LPDDR3 RAM
    • 16GB eMMC flash
    • MicroSD slot
  • Display:
    • HDMI 2.0 port for up to 4Kx2K @ 60Hz
    • eDP at up to 4Kx2K @ 60Hz
    • IC2/USB based touch interface
  • Wireless:
    • Nano-SIM card slot
    • 802.11a (ac?)/Bluetooth 4.0 (ooo1 SKU only)
    • Optional GPS (ooo1 SKU only)
    • LTE slot (ooo1 SKU only)
    • Optional NFC
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 3.0 port
    • USB 2.0 port
    • USB 2.0 header
    • USB Type-C port
    • Mic, earphone, speaker (2.5W) interfaces
    • RS-232/422/485 port
    • RS-232 header
    • 8-bit DIO
  • Expansion — Full-size mini-PCIe slot
  • Other features — Watchdog
  • Power — 12V DC jack; [email protected] typical consumption; optional 7.4V battery (ooo1 SKU only); optional 60W adapter
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60°C
  • Weight — 0.4 kg
  • Dimensions — 100 x 72mm; Pico-ITX form factor
  • Operating system — Android 7.0

 
Further information

No pricing information was provided for the “coming soon” RICO-3399. More information may be found on Aaeon’s RICO-3399 product page.
 

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One response to “Pico-ITX SBC extends hexa-core Rockchip RK3399”

  1. Vamrs says:

    Other RK3399 SBCs include Firefly’s Firefly-RK3399 and the similarly open source Rockchip RK3399 Sapphire, as well as the Videostrong VS-RD-RK3399. The 100 x 72mm RICO-3399, however, is the smallest RK3399 based SBC we’ve encountered.

    You forgot ROCK960 with size of 85mm x 54mm.

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