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.
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|
x2 A72 + x4 A53
Mali T864 GPU
x4 A73 + x2 A53
Mali G52 MP4 GPU
|RAM||4GB LPDDR4, 64bit 800MHz||4GB LPDDR4, 32bit 1600MHz||4GB DDR4, 32bit 1320MHz|
|Wi-Fi||2T2R 802.11 ac with RSDB||–|
|M.2 Socket||4-lane PCIe||1-lane PCIe (shared with USB 3.0)||–|
|Timer on (RTC)||✔|
|USB-C DP Display||✔||–|
|MIPI-CSI Camera||4-lane x2 with dual 14MP ISP||–|
|Motion Tracking||Tri-axis Gyroscope
|User Buttons||Reset, Power, Function||–|
|Power Supply||2x USB-C||USB-C, Pogo Pad||DC Jack|
|IR Receiver||Dual Channels||One Channel|
|USB Host||1x USB 3.0 + 1x USB 2.0||4x USB 3.0|
|USB OTG Port||USB-C||Micro USB|
|Board Dimensions||82.0 x 58.0 x 13.0 mm||90 x 90 x 17 mm|
|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.
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.
(Does not include shipping)
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.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.