Global technology major Asus has launched its single-board computer Tinker Board in India. Asus forayed into single-board computers earlier this year when it launched the Tinker Board in April.
It has then been rolled out globally, arriving in India on Tuesday.
According to the company, Tinker Board is a single-board computer (SBC), making it the foundation for makers, hobbyists, educators, and electronic DIY enthusiasts to develop and build low-cost, great-performing computers.
A single board computer (SBC) is a computer type where all components like storage, memory, and microprocessor are built on a single circuit board. Its functionality is the same as any other normal computer.
They are generally used for educational and demonstration purposes, embedded computer controllers or even as media streaming devices.
Asus Tinker Board comes with multimedia support, IoT connectivity, enhanced DIY design and compatibility with a wide range of leading SBC chassis and accessories. The company claims that it is a near-credit-card-sized computer that offers people freedom to tinker and apply their ingenuity to create platforms for a wide variety of uses.
Some of the key features of Tinker Board include a 1.8GHz Rockchip® RK3288 SoC quad-core processor, video playback and 192kHz/24-bit audio support; 2GB of dual-channel LPDDR3 memory, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity; 1GB Ethernet. It runs on a Debian-based Linux OS - ASUS TinkerOS and supports Android.
The Asus Tinker Board is being priced at Rs 4750.
Some of the leading SBCs currently include Raspberry Pi, Udoo x86 Ultra, Nano Pi, HimmingBoard, etc.
The Tinker Board is being positioned as a direct competition to Raspberry Pi and also seems to be competitively priced.