Orange Pi 5 Rockchip RK3588S SBC launched for $60 and up

Orange Pi 5 (LTS) is a single board computer powered by Rockchip RK3588S cost-down octa-core Cortex-A76/A55 processor that offers one of the best cost/performance ratios on the market with pre-order pricing starting at just $60.

The SBC was initially unveiled with up to  32GB RAM and 32GB eMMC flash, but at launch, Shenzhen Xunlong Software offers models with 4GB and 8GB RAM, and no flash storage. The board supports dual 8K display setups thanks to HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 Type-C video outputs and also features up to two MIPI DSI display interfaces, three camera interfaces, Gigabit Ethernet, and WiFi 6 connectivity, and a few USB ports plus a GPIO header.

Orange Pi 5

Orange Pi 5 LTS specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3588S octa-core processor with 4x Cortex-A76 cores @ up to 2.4 GHz, 4x Cortex-A55 cores @ up to 1.8 GHz, Arm Mali-G610 MP4 GPU, 6 TOPS AI accelerator
  • System Memory – 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB (TBC) LPDDR4/4x
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC flash, 16MB QSPI NOR Flash, MicroSD card slot, M.2 2242 socket for NVMe SSD
  • Video Output
    • HDMI 2.1 up to 8Kp60
    • DisplayPort 1.4 up to 8Kp30 via USB-C port (DP 1.4 and USB 3.1 ports are multiplexed, instead of just using USB-C DisplayPort Alt mode as per RK3588S specs)
    • 2x 4-lane MIPI DSI connector up to 4Kp60
  • Camera I/F – 1x 4-lane MIPI CSI connector, 2x MIPI DCPHY connectors (4-lane DPHY v2.0) for up to 3x cameras
  • Audio
    • ES8388 audio codec
    • 3.5mm audio jack with headphone and microphone support
    • Onboard MIC
    • Support for HDMI 2.1 eARC
  • Networking
    • Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port via YT8531C GbE transceiver
    • Optional dual-band Wi-Fi 6 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2T2R, Bluetooth 5.0 with  BLE support via Ampak AP6275P M.2 module (multiplexed with NVMe SSD)
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) Type-C port, 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Expansion – 26-pin header with up to 17x GPIO, 3x UART, 6x PWM, 2x I2C, 2x CAN, etc…
  • Debugging – 3-pin UART header for serial console
  • Misc – MaskROM and Reset buttons, Power LED, status LED
  • Power Supply
    • 5V/4A via DC jack
    • 5V/4A via USB Type-C port
    • RK806-1 PMU
  • Dimensions – 100 x 62 mm
  • Weight – 46 grams

Orange Pi 5 SBC specifications

RK3588S SBC M.2 NVMe SSDJust like the other Rockchip RK3588/RK3588S boards we’ve seen, Orange Pi 5 SBC will support Android 12 and Debian 11 initially, as well as Orange Pi OS. Besides the removal of the 32GB eMMC flash, the company has done some other changes due to Rockchip RK3588S having only two Combo PIPE PHY interfaces with the following capabilities:

  • Combo PIPE PHY0 – SATA III or PCIe 2.1 up to 5 Gbps
  • Combo PIPE PHY2  – SATA III, PCIe 2.1, or USB 3.1 Gen1

Last September the prototype used one of the interfaces for the Ampak AP6275P WiFI 6 and BLE 5.0 module and the second for the USB 3.1 Gen 1 (+DisplayPort) Type-C port. If I understand correctly it should be possible to connect the USB-C port directly to a monitor with DisplayPort input with a special cable, and no USB-C dock is needed since we are not talking about DisplayPort Alt. mode here. We still have the USB 3.1 Gen 1 port in the new revision of the board, the wireless module is gone, replaced by a M.2 PCIe 2.0 2242 socket that can be used by either a 2242 MVMe SSD or a custom design M.2 module with WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.

Three other changes include the addition of a 16MB SPI flash that should enable network or SSD boot, a different pinout for the 26-pin GPIO header, and the DC jack is gone leaving only the USB Type-C port for power.

Orange Pi 5 Pinout Diagram
Pinout diagram

Orange Pi 5 is not the first Rockchip RK3588S SBC with Firefly having introduced the ROC-RK3588S-PC board a few months ago and FriendlyELEC just launching the NanoPi R6S SBC with a different set of features.

Shenzhen Xunlong Software has started to take pre-orders for the board with the following pricing:

The first boards will ship in December. Note those pre-order prices are only valid until November 30th, and the prices will go up to $68 and $83 respectively in December, and eventually, the Orange Pi 5 4GB will sell for $75, and the 8GB model for $90. More details may be found on the product page.

Update: This post was initially published on July 15, 2022, and updated with the new specifications and pricing at launch

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