Khadas VIM3 Development Board to Launch for $69.99 and Up on June 24

After ODROID-N2, Khadas VIM3 is the second Amlogic S922X powered development board to become available to the maker community. However, while the former have been available for a couple of month, we only knew most of Khadas VIM3 specifications so far.

Shenzhen Wesion has now announced a launch date and pricing for the board, and as well as released a few more details. Khadas VIM3 Basic and Pro will start selling on June 24 for respectively $69.99 with 2GB RAM and 16GB flash, and $99.99 with 4GB RAM and 32GB flash. Those prices are very attractive, and competitive against ODROID-N2 due to the extra features like built-in flash. The downside is that those are introductory prices that will be effective for the first production batch and until July 22, 2019 only, after which prices will increase.

Khadas VIM3 development board
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The company also provided a comparison table showing the main difference between their earlier Edge-V Pro (RK3399) board, ODROID-N2 4GB and Khadas VIM3 Pro to help people decide which board is right for them.

Model Edge-V Pro VIM3 Pro Odroid-N2 4GB
SoC Rockchip RK3399
x2 A72 + x4 A53
Mali T864 GPU
Amlogic S922X
x4 A73 + x2 A53
Mali G52 MP4 GPU
RAM 4GB LPDDR4, 64bit 800MHz 4GB LPDDR4, 32bit 1600MHz 4GB DDR4, 32bit 1320MHz
eMMC On-board, 32GB Socket
SPI Flash 16MB 8MB
Wi-Fi 2T2R 802.11 ac with RSDB
Bluetooth V5.0
M.2 Socket 4-lane PCIe 1-lane PCIe (shared with USB 3.0)
Timer on (RTC)
USB-C DP Display
eDP Display
MIPI-DSI Display 2
MIPI-CSI Camera 4-lane x2 with dual 14MP ISP
Gesture Control
Motion Tracking Tri-axis Gyroscope
Tri-axis Accelerometer
Tri-axis Accelerometer
User Buttons Reset, Power, Function
Power Supply 2x USB-C USB-C, Pogo Pad DC Jack
IR Receiver Dual Channels One Channel
AV Out
USB Host 1x USB 3.0 + 1x USB 2.0 4x USB 3.0
Board Dimensions 82.0 x 58.0 x 13.0 mm 90 x 90 x 17 mm
SoC Process 28nm 12nm
Decoding 4K 60fps Support multi-video decoder up to 4Kx2K@60fps + 1x1080P@60fps
Encoding H.264 at 1080P@30fps H.265 & H.264 at 1080P@60fps

You may wonder why there’s an NPU row since none of the board listed here come with one. That’s because there’s a blacked out column in the original comparison table. but Khadas does mentioned a “Next generation, deep-neural-network applications, at 2.5 TOPS” in the product page, so I suspect a Khadas VIM3 “AI” board with Amlogic S922D processor may be in the works too.

Khadas VIM3 M.2 SSD Socket, MIPI CSI & DSI
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We also got the first photo of the back of the board with MIPI CSI camera connector, MIPI DSI and TP (touch panel) connectors for LCD displays, as well as the M.2 socket and microSD card slot. In case you wonder how will an M.2 2280 NVMe SSD will fit in a 82 cm long board, the company will provide an adapter with a flexbile cable.

The comparison did not stop there, as the company also provided a price comparison table if one was to add all Khadas VIM 3 features to ODROID-N2.

SBC Board $159
(Free shipping)
(Free shipping)
(Does not include shipping)
eMMC $26.90
WiFi $7.9
Bluetooth $4.8
Shipping $10 (Estimated)
Amount $159.00 $99.99 $128.60

So if you plan to get a 32GB eMMC flash module with your ODROID-N2, Khadas VIM will already be cheaper. All prices for N2 board’s accessories are taken from Hardkernel store. One little detail not mentioned in Khadas comparison tables is that ODROID-N2 comes with a proper cooling solution by the way of a large heatsink plate placed on the processor-side of the board. There’s no information about Khadas VIM3 cooling solution just yet, so we’ll have to find out what it is and this will add to the cost as well, but likely only a few dollars. Khadas VIM3’s $99.99 price tag is also temporary, and price after July 22 has not been announced.

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20 Replies to “Khadas VIM3 Development Board to Launch for $69.99 and Up on June 24”

  1. you must add 9,99 USD for a heatsink to the price comparison. you can find some infos on vim3 page. all accessories for vim2 are compatible with vim3

      1. If we consider the USB 3.0 hub on the N2 board, there must be 35 bucks in total probably.
        So the N2 seems to be more competitive in many generic application if the fan on the vim3 is annoying.
        But I believe the on-board wifi/bt of the Vim3 is quite useful though.

        1. > If we consider the USB 3.0 hub on the N2 board, there must be 35 bucks in total probably

          For the use cases I’m interested in (fast storage and network) the last thing I want is an USB3 hub between the host and the disks. USB storage with Linux already sucks too much without a hub.

      2. Their fancy fan is currently on back-order. Just received the VIM2 1.4 I ordered w/ heat sink and fan, but fan did not arrive as it’s still not available!

  2. The comparison is wrong. RTC (Timer) wakeup and WoL works on the N2 too from both suspend and poweroff. Its also not fair to compare promo prices with actual ones 😉

  3. Bad intro for specs, this will not include any a.i. tops anything, it is the S922D which is not specified for any “tops” anything.

    But due respect they have several different chipsets to be released under VIM3 spec. But S922D will not be the one to do any deep fake videos that require as many tops you can provide.

    1. It has to be Amlogic S922D. Surprising they can keep it at the same price though.

        1. Well the SoC is A311D

          Sharp-eyed Khadas Members would have already figured this out, your VIM3 will be shipping with the Amlogic A311D SoC (see picture above). The A311D is a S922X-B version with the addition of MIPI-CSI and an integrated 2.5 TOPS NPU. It has x4 A73 cores clocked at 2.2Ghz, and x2 A53 cores clocked at 1.8Ghz.

          And VIM3 has a new accessory – the M2X Extension Board. This board comes with an M.2 slot for mounting a 2280 NVMe SSD, 4G module (with SIM card slot), 100M Ethernet-Port with PoE (power-over-ethernet) support, and an extra USB-C port for transferring PoE power to the VIM3.

          It is stackable, and uses a Rigid-Flex ribbon cable for easy connection to VIM3’s M.2 slot.

  4. Khadas made the A311D datasheet public:

    Higher clockspeeds than S922X on ODROID N2, camera input and NPU. Chapter 8.6.1 talks about the ‘Neural Network Accelerator’:

    * Support max frequency of 800MHz
    * 4 NPE core
    – 768 INT 8 MAC or 384 INT16 MAC per NPE core
    – 5 TOPS :4 (NPE) x 768 (INT8 MACs) x 2 (multiply + adder) x 800MHz
    * 1 PPU
    – 25.6 GFLOPS16 or 6.4 GFLOPS32
    * 512KB cache
    * 1MB on-chip buffer

    1. Final price of products will be interesting to see.

      All what stops them making s922X 2.2 GHz ?

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