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Asus Tinker Board 3N Lite and 3N Plus Single Board Computer (SBC)

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Asus Tinker Board 3N Plus and the Asus Tinker Board 3N Lite maintain the original model's dimensions and form factor but differ significantly in their input/output (I/O) options.

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Asus Tinker Board 3N Series Differences:

  • The Tinker Board 3N Lite has pared-down expansion capabilities, omitting features like the M.2 B Key connector that supports PCIe 3.0 SSDs or wireless modules. In contrast, the Tinker Board 3N Plus is built for tougher conditions, boasting a design that withstands more extreme temperatures.
  • While the Lite version comes with a single Gigabit Ethernet port, the Plus model and its counterparts feature dual Ethernet ports.
  • Pricing varies, with models listed on Amazon ranging from approximately $170 to $279. Currently, some higher-end configurations benefit from a 10% discount, making the price gap between the Tinker Board 3N and 3N Lite quite minimal.
  • Although some models may be found at lower prices on Rutronik24, the Tinker Board 3N Plus is notably backordered there.

Specifications Breakdown for the Tinker Board 3N Series:

  • Processor: Each board is powered by a Rockchip RK3568 processor, which includes four ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores running at 2 GHz, ARM Mali-G52 graphics, and a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for AI tasks.
  • Memory: Options range from 2GB to 8GB of dual-channel LPDDR4x RAM, depending on the model.
  • Storage: Choices include none, 32GB, or 64GB of eMMC storage, along with a microSD card reader for additional storage options. The 3N Plus also features 16MB SPI Flash and an M.2 slot for expansion.
  • Connectivity: USB options include USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C and Type-A ports, with additional USB 2.0 pin headers. Wireless capabilities vary, with support for WiFi 5 or 6 and Bluetooth, depending on the model.
  • Audio and Video: Support includes HDMI, LCD, eDP outputs, and audio connections, accommodating a wide range of multimedia applications.
  • Ethernet: The Lite model has one Gigabit Ethernet port, while others offer two, with the Plus model supporting 25W Power over Ethernet (PoE) with an additional module.
  • Internal Headers and Ports: Each board features a variety of headers for LCDs, GPIOs, and other functionalities, catering to custom project needs.
  • Power: Power input options include a DC jack and a 4-pin power header.
  • OS Support: The boards support Debian 11, Android 12, and Yocto, providing flexibility for various software projects.
  • Physical Dimensions: All boards measure 100 x 100mm, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of enclosures.
  • Operating Temperatures: The Lite model operates within a 0℃ to 60℃ range, while the Plus model can handle -40℃ to 85℃, suitable for more demanding environments.

Asus Expands Tinker Board 3N Series with 3N Plus and 3N Lite Variants (linuxgizmos.com)

 
Posted : 19/02/2024 12:28 pm