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Powerful Raspberry Pi Alternatives, HiKey 970 And Rock960


Powerful Raspberry Pi Alternatives, HiKey 970 And Rock960

Powerful Raspberry Pi alternatives

If you are searching for powerful Raspberry Pi alternatives you may be interested into new Raspberry Pi style boards in the form of the HiKey 970 which offers an octa-core board that uses the same HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC found in the Huawei Mate 10 smartphones. Or the Rock960 Enterprise Edition which offers specifications similar to that of a desktop computer, with plenty of power for machine learning and 3D graphic applications.

The Rock960 Enterprise Edition is based on a hexa-core processor supported by a powerful GPU, and is equipped with a a dedicated Neural Processing Unit capable of 2.4 TOPS (trillion operations per second). In tests this NPU can accelerate the performance of convolutional neural networks such as Inception V3, ResNet-34 and VGG16 by almost 100 times.

Specifications of the Rock960 include Hexa-core processor with 2 x Cortex A72 cores, 4 x Cortex A53 cores and NPU capable of 2.4 TOPS, Mali-T860MP4 GPU OpenGL ES graphics and the ability to install up to 4GB RAM. Connections include dual SATA 3.0 port with RAID 0/1 support storage, HDMI 2.0/eDP up to 4K @ 60 Hz, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, PCIe 2.1 x16 slot and USB: 3 x USB 3.0 ports, 5 x USB 2.0 ports.

Specifications of the Kirin 970 include a processor offering 4 x Cortex A73 @ 2.36GHz, 4 x Cortex A53 @ 1.8GHz supported by Arm Mali G72-MP12 GPU, NPU with 256MAC/cycle @ 960MHz graphics with 6GB LPDDR4. Connections include USB: 2 x 3.0, 2x type-C, 4 lanes CSI + 2 lanes CSI, HDMI 2.0a, mPCIe connector, 40-pin 96Boards low-speed expansion header, 60-pin 96Boards high-speed expansion header as well as connectivity via both Gigabit Ethernet and wireless module. There is also a handy microSD card slot for further storage expansion if required. For more details jump over to the Tech Republic website by following the link below.

Source: TR

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