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Tiny, solderable quad Cortex-A17 module has 4GB RAM and HDMI 2.0

Jan 11, 2018 — by Eric Brown 3,180 views

[Update: Jan. 12] — Sudo’s solderable, 65 x 40mm “SudoProc” module features a quad-core Rockchip RK3288 with 4GB LPDDR3, up to 512GB eMMC, a GbE controller, HDMI 2.0, and -25 to 85°C support.

Slovenia-based startup Sudo Systems will soon launch a SudoProc module touted for being solderable and compact (65 x 40 x 4.3mm). The module features Rockchip’s 1.8GHz, quad-core, Cortex-A17 SoC RK3288 SoC with 600MHz Mali-T764 GPU. The high-end feature set includes 4GB of dual-channel, 1066MHz LPDDR3 RAM, an embedded security engine, a Gigabit Ethernet controller, and support for HDMI 2.0-expressed 4K, 10-bit H.265 video decoding. The SudoProc will open for pre-orders in February for March shipment, selling for about $300, including a development board.

SudoProc module
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This is only the second, independently available RK3288-based computer-on-module we’ve seen, following Boardcon’s MINI3288, which is also available on its sandwich-style EM3288 SBC. The RK3288 is a mainstay on Android mini-PCs, and is found on several Linux/Android ready open source SBCs in our recently posted guide to 103 hacker boards. These include the Firefly-RK3288, Firefly-RK3288 Reload, Tinker Board, and newer boards like Pine64’s Rock64 and the Libre Computer built Firefly-ROC-RK3328-CC (Renegade). The SudoProc supports Android 5.0 to 7.0, as well as Debian, Ubuntu, and an in-house developed SudoOS Linux distribution.

RK3288 block diagram
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Not only does the SudoProc module offer a lot of RAM, but the tiny module provides a surprisingly large amount of onboard eMMC 4.5 storage. It defaults to 32GB, with allotments of up to 512GB available on demand. There’s also support for 2x SDIO 3.0.

In addition to HDMI 2.0, video support includes eDP, 4-lane MIPI-DSI, and 10-lane single- and dual-channel LVDS. You also get 4-lane MIPI-CSI, 8-bit CIF input, and configurable 4-lane MIPI I/O. Audio support includes SPDIF and I2S/PCM.

SudoProc on a custom carrier board
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The 218-pin SudoProc is further equipped with interfaces including USB 2.0 host and OTG, as well as 5x UART, 5x I2C, 3x SPI, 4x PWM with interrupt, and up to 100 GPIOs, which are programmable as interrupt inputs. Other listed I/O includes 3-channel, 10-bit SAR-ADC, 8-bit TS stream shared with CIF, a “Host” interface shared with GMAC, and a GPS interface. Optional, on-demand I/O includes HSIC 2.0, PS/2, and Smart Card.

Blurry image of an uncovered SudoProc module on the custom carrier board
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The 5V/3A module supports 1.8V to 3.3V output, and allows remote control of the PMIC. Sudo was particularly proud of its thermal dissipation design. There’s an integrated heatsink and maximum thermal dissipation of 10W, as well as estimated 25 to 85°C. (Testing is in progress.)


Further information

The SudoProc will open for pre-orders in limited quantities in February for March shipment, selling for about $300, including a development board. More information may be found by contacting Sudo Systems at [email protected], and more details should soon appear on the currently empty

(advertise here)

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2 responses to “Tiny, solderable quad Cortex-A17 module has 4GB RAM and HDMI 2.0”

  1. Mike moy says:

    Why bother posting something that has no real value information.

    “Slovenia-based startup Sudo Sistemi reached out to us with news of an upcoming SudoProc computer-on-module”

    You should have responded back with, when you can give us more information we will post it. If they cannot take the time to give useful info, then we should not bother with them.

    • Dejan Gajsek says:

      Mike, Dejan from Sudo Systems here. I can understand your frustration since there doesn’t seem to be tangible information on the website. We chose not to go to public too soon. However, the system-on-module is build and ready for applications.

      During the process we have been working on negotiating better pricing for the materials that are bringing the cost down while still maintaining or exceeding current capabilities. The culture in our team has always been offering “more-than-just-the-standard”. In technology nowadays, the speed and performance is not a requirement but a necessity.

      Hence the SudoProc is bit “future-proof” SOM which is a good baseline for next products. I’d like to invite you to either sign-up at the landing page (it should be up already) or shoot me an email at dejan (at) wearesudo (dot) com.

      P.S.: If you’re at Embedded World Conference 2018 on 2.27-2.28, tweet at @wearesudo or send me an email. Thanks!

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