Technology giants such as Broadcom, Intel, Texas Instruments, Samsung, Qualcomm and Arrow Electronics have come up with their own single board computers, but none of them were successful in replacing Raspberry Pi. Recently, Asus launched its own single board computer “Tinker Board”.
Raspberry Pi 3 v/s Tinker Board
Raspberry Pi 3 comes with 64 bit ARM Cortex-A57 Broadcom BCM2837 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, whereas Tinker Board comes with 32 bit ARM cortex-A17 Rockchip RK3288 quad-core clocked at 1.8Ghz. The GPU of Tinker Board is more powerful than that of Raspberry Pi. Tinker Board supports 192K/24 bit audio sample rates, whereas Raspberry Pi 3 handles only 48K/16 bit.
Tinker Board has 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM (twice that of Raspberry Pi). Tinker Board comes with an integrated full speed Gigabit Ethernet port, a significant boost over Pi’s 100Mb LAN.
Similar to Raspberry Pi, Tinker Board has the following features:
- Built in Wifi.
- 4 USB ports.
- 1 HDMI 2.0.
- 1 MicroSD card slot.
- 40 GPIO pins.
- A 3.5 mm audio jack.
- 1 Micro USB for power.
Undoubtedly, Tinker Board has better specs, however. it is priced at $68 compared to Raspberry Pi 3 which costs $35.
The following figures shows the benchmarks for both the products.
However, Raspberry Pi will give Tinker Board a serious run for money because it’s not just the specs that make Raspberry Pi a revolutionary product, but it is more than that:
- Support – Active support by Raspberry Pi foundation has created knowledge and trust among developers for DIY projects.
- Vast user base – Raspberry Pi has a very large and widespread user base.
- Availability – Raspberry Pi has continued availability of supporting hardware.
The above reasons ensure that the sales of Raspberry Pi won’t dip anytime soon.