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Raspberry Pi CM4 cluster board includes Rockchip RK3588 SoC support

May 18, 2022 — by Giorgio Mendoza 1,842 views

Supporting up to four Raspberry Pi CM4 or Jetson Nano modules, the Turing Pi 2 is the newest cluster module from the same company that launched the Turing Pi V2 last year. Unlike its predecessor, the Turing Pi 2 is enabled to support Rockchip based computer modules.

According to the company the Turing Pi is a great platform for users to build their own homelabs, learn about self-hosting, running cloud-native apps (Kubernetes) and even machine learning applications. As shown below the Turing Pi 2 provides SO DIMM slots to interface with various computer modules. 

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Turing Pi 2 cluster board (left) and block diagram (right)
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Other features include two mini PCIe ports, one HDMI port, two GbE ports, three USB 3.0 ports, two SATA III ports, a Sim card slot and 40-pin GPIO header, etc. According to the company , the cluster’s power consumption is under 60W, it can run 24/7 and the computer modules can be configured in any combination.  



Turing Pi 2 cluster board demo
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Furthermore, every cluster board comes with a microcontroller for remote board control. The company will also provide an open-source firmware which provides a command line interface to set up the Turing Pi 2 cluster board with OS image files and Kubernetes distros. Refer to the Turing Pi 2 YouTube review below for additional details.

 

 

Specifications listed for the Rockchip RK3588 System on Module include:

  • Processor System:
    • Rockchip RK3588 with 8x | 4x ARM (64-bit) Cortex-A76 and 4x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 7W TDP 
    • 6 TOPS NPU 3.0 
    • VPU 2.0 supports 8k video
  • Memory/Storage :
    • LPDDR4x/LPDDR5 (up to 32GB)
    • eMMC 5.1, SD 3.0 (unspecified capacity) 
  • PCIe:
    • Gen 3.0

Specifications listed for the Turing Pi 2 single board computer include:

  • Modules supported:
    •  4x 260-pin SO-DIMM slots compatible with:
    • RPi CM4 w/ Broadcom Cortex-A72 4-core (up to 8GB RAM) 
    • NVIDIA Jetson Nano Arm Cortex-A57 4-core (up to 4GB RAM)
    • NVIDIA Jetson TX2 NX 2-core NVIDIA Denver 2 4-core Arm A57 Complex (up to 4 GB RAM)
    • NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Arm v8.2 (up to 16GB RAM)
  • Storage:
    • 2x SATA III ports (6 Gbps)
  • Display:
    • 1x HDMI 
    • 1x DSI 
  • Connectivity:
    • 2x  GbE ports
    • 1 Gbps 7-port L2 Managed Switch
    • VLAN support
  • USB:
    •  4x USB 3.0
  • Expansion:
    • 2x Mini PCIe slots
    • 1x 40-pin GPIO header
    • 1x Sim slot
  • Other Features:
    • RTC battery
    • Fan connector
    • Front panel header
    • Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) for remote access
  • Power: 
    • 24-pin ATX 
    • Power consumption < 60W
  • Dimensions: 
    • 170 x 170 mm

 

Further information

The Turing Pi 2 mini-ITX was launched recently on Kickstarter. According to the Kickstarter page, the company has already met the $1M milestone and super early bird specials are gone. However, there are still two Kickstarter Specials available. A single Turing Pi 2 Cluster board costs $239 ($219 w/ special) and two of them cost $478 ($419 w/ special). The company stated the estimated delivery will be around September 2022 and they will ship anywhere in the world.

 

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3 responses to “Raspberry Pi CM4 cluster board includes Rockchip RK3588 SoC support”

  1. Dirk Broer says:

    I think the Turing Pi 2 will also accept Nvidia Jetson Orin NX modules

  2. Giorgio Mendoza says:

    hey Dirk, I’ll message them to confirm if that’s the case. I’ll update the post if true.

  3. Tim Wu (@changtimwu) says:

    I think theoretically yes. Since Jetson Orin NX module will be available at Q4, let’s wait and see.

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