Geniatech XPI-3288 Raspberry Pi lookalike features Rockchip RK3288 SoC

Geniatech XPI is a family of single board computers following Raspberry Pi 3 form factor. We first covered XPI-S905X SBC in 2018, which was followed by XPI 3128 board last year.

The company has now launched another model with Geniatech XPI-3288 SBC powered by Rockchip RK3288 32-bit quad-core Cortex-A17 processor coupled with 2G RAM and 16GB eMMC flash.

Geniatech XPI-3288 SBC

Geniatech XPI-3288 specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3288 quad-core Cortex-A17 processor @ up to 1.6GHz with Arm Mali-T764 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB RAM
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash (8/32GB optional), MicroSD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI up to 4Kp60 (may be limited to 4Kp30 on  some older 4K TVs)
  • Video decoding
    • H.264 up to HP level 5.1 @ 2160p24 (3840×2160)
    • MPEG-1/-2/-4, AVS, VP8, MVC up to 1080p60 (1920×1080)
    • VC-1 up to AP level 3 @ 1080p30 (1920×1080)
    • H.263 @ 576p60 (720×576)
  • Connectivity
    • Gigabit Ethernet port
    • Optional dual-band 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.0 module with IPEX antenna connectors
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 ports, 1x Micro USB 2.0 port
  • Expansion – 40-pin Raspberry Pi-compatible GPIO header with 28 GPIOs
  • Debugging – 4-pin 2.54mm pitch header for serial console
  • Misc – IR Receiver, recovery button
  • Power Supply – 5V/3A
  • Dimensions – 85 x 56 mm
  • Temperature Range – 0°C to 70°C

Rockchip RK3288 SBC with Raspberry Pi Form Factor

The company provides Android 7.1, and “optional” Linux support for the board. So you may wonder why releasing such a board now, as Rockchip RK3288 is a 32-bit Arm processor that was launched around 7 years ago, and there’s already a similar board on the market, namely ASUS Tinker Bboard S.

So we asked and the company replied:

We design XPI series for people developing commercial grade products, so we will offer more SoC options and features, wide range of working environments to meet customer’s need.

So they may have had requests for this board from one of their customers, and they also plan on releasing XPI-i.MX8MM based on NXP  i.MX 8M Mini and XPI-3399 powered by Rockchip RK3399 in the future.

Geniatech XPI-RK3288 SBCThere’s no software download nor documentation at this time, but we were told those will soon be made available in a similar fashion to what they did for XPI-3128 with Linux & Android guides.

Geniatech XPI-3288 is available now for $75 (sample price) on Geniatech store. The wireless module is included in the price.

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TLS
TLS
1 month ago

What is a WIFI Jack?

David Willmore
David Willmore
1 month ago

Looks like they use a daughtercard for WiFi and it’s got two RF connectors on it. I guess “WiFi Jack” could apply to either the connector from the main board to the daughtercard or the RF connectos on the daughtercard. It’s a strange term for something we already know how to identify.

Jeroen
1 month ago

whats the point of this board?, seems already outdated, or does it have somthing special?

David Willmore
David Willmore
1 month ago

If you say “industrial”, you can get away with a ton of poor design decisions because you can’t disprove there’s someone *somewhere* in industry who has been waiting desperately for this board.

tkaiser
tkaiser
1 month ago

Someone in the industry has been waiting for 5V/3A via Micro USB (AKA massive voltage drops on the board’s USB ports) and an outdated SoC which will never show its potential sustained performance due to throttling issues?

I never thought someone could do a Tinkerboard clone and make relevant design aspects even more worse.

Tim
Tim
1 month ago

It will be fast enough, cheap and have just the right feature set. Many applications run at a tiny faction of what the processor is capable of.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
1 month ago

If this is already “enough” you will even get more (mature) decent stuff for less bucks…

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
1 month ago

Since in the first photo the WiFi jack sits on the SoC, how do you use a heatsink ?

David Willmore
David Willmore
1 month ago

That’s easy “you can’t”.

PhilS
PhilS
1 month ago

I remember the RK3288 in my Tronsmart Orion and as a SOC is was ahead of it’s time and had the eMMC in the box been faster it would have ruled the roost for quite a time.

Rockchip also typically put little effort into it and made way less money than they could have,

Seems rather pointless in 2021 so introduce it when you consider the alternatives and at this price, will die very quickly.

willy
willy
1 month ago

They forgot the most important, absolutely required part on an RK3288: the heatsink (and a large one). This chip can deliver awesome performance but it definitely requires lots of juice and lots of cool air. It’s not by placing a PCB on its head that cool air will caress it. And their customers will quickly discover that the micro-USB port is not sufficient to reliably power that board.

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