Khadas Edge is another upcoming Rockchip RK3399 board that we initially covered this summer, and comes with a particular design in the sense it is both a single board computer with USB and Ethernet port, and a system-on-module through its edge connector. Later on we found out, the company was working on a variant called Khadas Edge-V with the edge connector being replaced by a more standard 40-pin header, as well as Khadas Edge1S powered by Rockchip RK3399Pro for AI applications.
The company has now launched the three boards and accessories through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.
I’ve already covered the two RK3399 boards in previous post, and the RK3399Pro based Khadas Edge-1S (2GB RAM, 2x MIPI-CSI, …) will be similar to Edge board but with , so instead I’ll have a closer look at the specifications for Khadas Captain carrier board for Khadas Edge / Edge-1S:
- Edge connector – 314-pin MXM3 connector for Khadas Edge / Edge-1S
- Storage – M.2 slot for an 2280 NVMe SSD
- Display – MIPI DSI interface + touchscreen support
- Camera – Dual camera via MIPI CSI interface
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet Port
- Sensor – APDS-9960 sensor for gesture detection
- Misc – Dual gamepads for indie-gaming
- Power Source – Four options sorted by priority
- USB type-C (left port)
- USB type-C (right port)
- 12V via power barrel
- 6-pin JST connector for LiPo battery
Beside the boards themselves, various accessories are also offered in the crowdfunding campaign:
- Edge Heatsink
- 3705 Cooling Fan
- Edge IO expansion board
- 13 MegaPixel IMX214 Camera
- Li-Po Battery
- 5-inch LCD Touchscreen
- Khadas 24W USB-C Power Adapter
- USB-C to USB-C Cable
Edge-V board will have it own VIM heatsink modified for the 3705 Cooling Fan, and a DIY Case.
Software-wise, the board will support various Linux distributions such as Debian and Ubuntu based on the mainline Linux, Android P, and LibreELEC with documentation available on Khadas Doc website.
Although the boards are quite versatile, the company positions Edge board for DIY drone and augmented reality applications, Edge-V for digital signage, DIY drone, and HTPC applications, and Captain Carrier Board for gaming console applications due to its support for LCD displays, built-in gamepad buttons, gesture control etc….
The campaign has a $50,000 flexible goal, which means mass production will go ahead in any case, and pledge for the boards start at $99 for the Early Bird Edge / Edge-V Basic (RK3399/2GB/16GB) and one accessory, and up to $199 for Edge / Edge-V Max (RK3399/4GB/64GB) or Edge-1S Pro (RK3399Pro/2GB RAM). Khadas Captain carrier board is offered in the $39 pledge. The company also offers rewards for distributors with bundles of 20 Edge Basic/Pro/Max boards. You’ll also have to add shipping to your pledge, and delivery is scheduled for January 2019 for all rewards.
The infographic below shows the detailed specifications for all board, and the bottom part compares the main features of EDGE, EDGE-V, EDGE-1S, and EDGE + Captain.