Geniatech has added two more single board computers to its XPI family with Raspberry Pi form factor. The Geniatech XPI-S905X2 and XPI-S905X3 boards are powered by respectively Amlogic S905X2 and S905X3/S905X4 quad-core processors, ship with 2GB RAM, and sell for $35 and up depending on the choice of processor and the presence of a wireless module.
The company promotes each Raspberry Pi 3 lookalike as a “4K Single Board ARM PC” because of the 4K video playback capabilities or the Amlogic processors. Those boards provide an update to the earlier Amlogic S905X based XPI-S905X, and join Rockchip and NXP models.
- SoC (one or the other)
- System Memory – 2GB 1GB Optional)
- Storage – 8GB eMMC flash (option for 16GB or 32GB), MicroSD card slot
- Video & audio output – HDMI 2.0/2.1 up to 4Kp60
- Video codecs
- VP9 Profile-2 up to 4Kp60
- H.265 HEVC MP-10 @ L5.1 up to 4Kp60
- AVS2-P2 Profile up to 4Kp60
- H.264 AVC HP@L5.1 up to 4Kp60
- S905X4 only – AV1 up to 4Kp120
- Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port
- Optional dual-band WiFi & Bluetooth 4.2 module
- USB – 3x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port
- Expansion – 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible header with up to 28 GPIO, SPI, I2C, PWM, UART, 5V, 3.3V, and GND signals
- Debugging – 4-pin UART connector for serial console
- Misc – Update button
- Power Supply – 5V via Micro USB port
- Dimensions – 85 x 56 mm
The board ships with a power adapter, a “cooling fin” and an optional wireless module with 2.4/5.8GHz Wi-Fi and BT4.0. Geniatech only lists Android 9.0 operating system and says the boards are designed for education, industrial control, and more. Since other Amlogic S905X3 boards like ODROID-C4 can support Linux, one would have to assume it might not be too challenging to have it running on XPI-S905X2/3/4 boards.
Geniatech XPI-S905X2 may have been around for a while and can be purchased for $35, while XPI-S905X3 goes for $37, and XPI-S905X4 does not appear to be available in single quantities. The wireless module is available for $5 extra. You’ll find extra information and purchase links on the product page.
Thanks to theguyuk for the tip.
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.