Tinker Board 2

Tinker Board 2

An Arm-based Single Board Computer (SBC), uses Arm big.LITTLE™ technology’s 64-bits processor, offers enhanced computing performance with low power consumption.

  • Outstanding performance for IoT devices: Powered by 6-core Rockchip RK3399 system on a chip (SoC) with the new 64-bit Armv8 architecture, plus multi-core Mali-T860.
  • Easy setup tool: Intuitive software for performance tweaking, with simple three-step initial configuration.
  • Pro-grade admin: ASUS IoT Cloud Console for data management and analysis, plus support for firmware over-the-air (FOTA) roll-out.
  • Android 10 support: Benefit from better 3D computing performance, support for the Android Neural Networks API 1.2 and Adiantum encryption with 5X-better efficiency.

Ultimate performance for IoT devices

Enhanced CPU performance

Powered by Arm® 6-core system on a chip (SoC), with the new 64-bit Armv8 architecture — the Rockchip RK3399 — Tinker Board 2 offers significantly improved performance versus compared to other popular SBC boards. It also features Arm big.LITTLE technology, which is a heterogeneous processing architecture that pairs two very different processors together in a single SoC. The big.LITTLE software automates task allocation, ensuring the right CPU core for each process. The upshot is that Tinker Board 2 delivers up to nearly twice the performance of the original Tinker Board, and is significantly faster than many competing SBCs. 

Dual 2.0 GHz Cortex-A72 and Quad 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53

Arm big.LITTLE

Technology

Arm Mali-T860

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Enhanced GPU performance

The GPU bundled with Tinker board 2 is Mali-T860, a multi - core GPU that is the highest performance model built on Arm’s Midgard architecture. Specifically, Mali-T860 is designed for complex graphics use cases, and offers full support for OpenGL ES 3.0/3.1, OpenVG 1.1, OpenCL and other frameworks for next-generation and legacy 2D/3D graphics applications. Compared to the original Tinker Board, Tinker Board 2’s Mali-T860 GPU accelerates graphics performance by up to 28%.

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Dual-display support

Tinker Board 2 supports dual displays at up to 4K UHD resolution, so it’s equipped for compelling visual output. It also has three popular display interfaces built in, including HDMI, DisplayPort over USB-C and DSI, for superb flexibility.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Next-level 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 2x2 dual-band 2.4/5 GHz antennas deliver transfer speeds that are up to 10X faster than previous Wi-Fi standards. Tinker Board 2 also has the latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology built in, so you’ll enjoy speeds that are up to 2X transmit speeds and with up to 4X-greater range. Integrated Bluetooth also opens up the convenience and freedom of wireless connectivity with a wide range of devices, including speakers, headphones and game controllers.

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Rich connectivity: USB 3.2  Gen 1

Tinker Board 2 has three USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports and one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C (USB-C) port, for data-transfer speeds that are up to 10X faster than USB 2.0 – plus the convenience of any-way-up connectivity. Tinker Board 2’s USB 3.2 Type-A ports delivers up to 0.9A of power, while the USB-C connector supplied up to 1.5A, for charging speeds that are considerably faster than older USB 2.0 ports. The USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C supports OTG functionality and DisplayPort Alt Mode for DP alt mode to connection of an external displays.

Expandability for embedded solutions

  1. RTC battery header

    Enables real-time clock (RTC) functions for scheduling of startup and shutdown, timers and other related functions. Also enables ability for the system clock to keep time when mains power is lost or otherwise unavailable

  2. SD card slot (rear side)

    • Simple push-pull operation
    • Spring-free design prevents accidental ejection for greater reliability
  3. Fan connector

    Integrated 2-pin header provides easy upgradeability for advanced cooling needs

Comprehensive protection

  1. Short-circuit damage prevention

    Onboard power IC and polyswitch prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage, protecting the lifespan both of Tinker Board 2 and connected devices

  2. Electrostatic discharge protection

    ASUS ESD Guards prolong the life of components while preventing damage from electrostatic discharge, providing protection for up to +/- 15kV of air discharge and +/- 8kV of contact discharge

  3. Overvoltage protection World-class circuit-protecting power design

    An exclusive circuit design with built-in voltage regulators protects Tinker Board 2 from damage caused by unexpected high-level voltages from unstable or inferior power supplies.

Easy setup tool

Tinker Board 2 includes a flexible setup tool to tune every aspect of your system, enabling you to tweak performance settings to perfectly match the way you work. Initial configuration follows just three simple steps:

Step 1: Select the CPU Governor mode.

Step 2: Set the maximum and minimum frequencies for the CPU and GPU.

Step 3: Use the Monitor panel to confirm that the operating system is following the settings configured in Steps 1 and 2.

IT management software

ASUS IoT Cloud Console

AICC is a unified platform for managing and analyzing big data collected by IoT devices running different operating systems.

  • Quick troubleshooting
  • Remote restart or updates
  • Dashboard and analysis

ASUS Industrial Android FOTA

Tinker Board 2 supports firmware over-the-air (FOTA) roll-out, enabling embedded systems developed using the board to be updated remotely with the latest Android firmware, operating system and drivers.

  • Worldwide content-delivery network
  • Easy deployment and maintenance
  • FOTA progress report

Support for Android 10*

Tinker Board 2 is engineered to run Android 10, opening your tinkering world to a raft of exciting and interesting features that aren’t unavailable on some competing SBCs.

These include:

Performance

Better 3D computing performance at lower CPU loads and with reduced power consumption. Android 10 also provide flexible APIs for easy management of IoT devices connected to the same wireless network.

Ready for AI

Android Neural Networks API (NNAPI) updated to version 1.2, with support for more operations, making Tinker Board 2 suitable for computationally intensive, machine-learning operations.

Security

Adiantum encryption is now up to 5X more efficient than AES encryption. Specifically, with TLS 1.3, the transmission process is more secure and the connection performance is also improved.  

* Expected to be ready by Q1, 2021.

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