ASUS Tinker Board has excellent computing power and a strong supply chain to satisfy industrial automation and commercial markets.

A single board computer (SBC) integrates microprocessors, memory, and input/output (I/O), among other features on a single printed circuit board. It provides industrial or commercial IoT control developers with an easy mode that simplifies the process and reduces the high cost of developing their own hardware, thus accelerating time to market. Currently, SBCs are generally mature, powerful, and easy to use. SBCs can help industrial/commercial end customers and system integrators quickly create products for various applications.

In recent years, market acceptance of ARM-based SBCs has increased. According to Abbey Chen, product manager of ASUS Tinker Board, this is mainly due to improved performance and lower power demand. Additionally, ARM processors are not only used for mobile or embedded applications in the industrial and commercial control markets; Nowadays, the use of ARM has entered into new areas such as PCs, high performance computing, deep learning, etc. Abbey Chen said the ASUS Tinker Board is equipped with the latest and most powerful quad-core ARM processor, which delivers best-in-class performance.

The ASUS Tinker Board is one of the most popular products in the ARM-based SBC market. An exploration of the reasons for its success showed that its first advantage is its supply cycle of more than 5 years. With this, developers can stop worrying about the risk of defects due to delivery delays or having to switch to alternative materials. To avoid these issues, ASUS provides stable and long-term supply, so that developers can avoid the high labor and material costs required for the development and verification processes of introducing new SBCs due to supply shortages.

It is worth mentioning that over the past two years, the global coin shortage has steadily worsened, which highlights the advantages of Tinker Board. ASUS maintains close relationships with its parts suppliers and has thus been able to establish a stable source of parts to ensure that Tinker Board’s supply will not be affected.

Second, ASUS is one of the few SBC vendors that knows the underlying architecture of Android and can provide solid technical support for it. Most app developers are proficient in high-level Android app development, but not necessarily in how to tune the app based on SBC hardware functions or the underlying system architecture. operation. Thus, SBC manufacturers must provide custom development or optimization services; this is one of ASUS’ strengths. In particular, ASUS provides dedicated on-site technical support engineers for each customer to offer close-to-home assistance. This can shorten the customer’s development cycle and speed up application deployment. Thus, this service is well received by customers.

eMMC on board: better reliability and performance

Since its launch in 2017, Tinker Board has produced a large number of IoT application cases. For example, many retailers use Tinker Board-based digital billboards because they take ad playback quality and display stability very seriously, and the Tinker Board eMMC on Board design provides greater reliability. Moreover, Tinker Board is also widely used in smart cities, smart hospitals and smart factories. Applications include digital billboards for bus stops, outpatient check-in kiosks in hospitals, and IoT gateway applications such as smart warehouse tracking and renewable energy storage monitoring, etc.

Most systems integration partners in the aforementioned vertical application areas tend to prioritize Tinker Board, due to several factors. Firstly, Abbey Chen said that most development board vendors provide technical consulting services through online forums, which require customers to disclose development details online. On the other hand, information leakage issues are eliminated with Tinker Board’s dedicated FAE service.

Second, Tinker Board not only supports Linux (Debian), but also Android, which is not supported by many SBC vendors. Customers have more options to choose from and can create the most suitable operating environment according to their application requirements or programming habits.

Additionally, Tinker Board is one of the very few SBCs with eMMC memory soldered directly onto the board. Therefore, customers can install the operating system on the eMMC instead of the Micro SD memory card to eliminate the risk of poor contact with the slot. Additionally, the onboard eMMC was found to be able to sustain over 3,000 write/erase cycles after testing, far exceeding the 300-500 of a Micro SD slot, and with better reliability. The built-in eMMC also offers superior write and read performance, which is 6% and 32% better than Micro SD cards, respectively.

Powerful CPU/GPU performance advantages and detailed user resources

More importantly, ASUS has strictly selected and configured relatively high-quality SoCs to ensure Tinker Board’s exceptional performance. The processor performance of the first Tinker Board, born five years ago, is still comparable to today’s latest competing products.

How does the CPU performance of the latest Tinker Board 2 (based on a 6-core ARMv8 SoC) compare to competing products? The DIGTIMES Tech Writing Team conducted a test using the Geekbench 5 benchmark. The results showed that Tinker Board 2 has a CPU speed of 298 Mbps and 806 Mbps under different single-core and multi-core conditions, which are 1, 5 and 1.35 times higher than those of competing products. Next, the team used glmark2 benchmarking software and performed a test under the same visual computational load. The results showed that the GPU speed of Tinker Board 2 is 787 Mbps, which is 73% faster than the 456 Mbps of competing products.

In terms of memory performance, although Tinker Board 2 and major competitors use LPDDR4, Tinker Board 2 adopts a dual-channel design, which is different from the single-channel design of competing products. This design gives Tinker Board 2 superior memory access performance, outperforming competitive products by 74%.

When it comes to 802.11ac Wi-Fi connection speed, Tinker Board 2 relies on a 2×2 dual-band 2.4/5GHz design base, which is different from the 1×1 single-band architecture of competing products. Thus, Tinker Board 2 has a throughput of up to 618 Mbps, which is 7.3 times higher than the 74.5 Mbps of competing products.

In addition to the above-mentioned advantages such as stable supply, full FAE technical support and outstanding performance, Tinker Board also has many other features that add to its value. For example, ASUS created the Tinker Board forum, shared the open source code on GitHub, and provided a comprehensive user’s guide and developer’s guide to help users who don’t have a software engineering background install the operating system and adjust startup settings; Additionally, ASUS has helped people with R&D backgrounds to create their own Android or Debian operating environment and convert the predefined GPIO to I2C, UART or I2S as needed.

Additionally, developers can manage Tinker Board with ASUS IoT Cloud Console (AICC) for more efficient operations and maintenance. For example, administrators can log into the AICC via computer or mobile phone anytime, anywhere to check the status of Tinker Board, as well as data from sensors connected to Tinker Board; they can also control Tinker Board via remote commands. Essentially, developers can easily access the rich functions provided by Tinker Board to quickly turn ideas into reality.

It is worth mentioning that over the past two years, the global coin shortage has steadily worsened, which highlights the advantages of Tinker Board. ASUS maintains close relationships with its parts suppliers and has thus been able to establish a stable source of parts to ensure that Tinker Board’s supply will not be affected.

An Arm-based single-board computer (SBC), using the Arm big.LITTLE technology 64-bit processor, provides enhanced computing performance with low power consumption

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