9Tripod Pico Pi V2.0 SBC features Rockchip RK3588S SoC in Raspberry Pi 4 form factor

9Tripod Pico Pi V2.0 is the third Rockchip RK3588S SBC offering a powerful alternative to Raspberry Pi 4 while keeping the same form factor. It follows the Cool Pi 4 and Radxa ROCK5 Model A single board computers introduced in the last couple of months.

The Pico Pi SBC, not to be confused with the Raspberry Pi Pico :), comes with 1GB to 32GB RAM, 4GB to 128GB eMMC flash, and pretty much the same port layout as the Raspberry Pi 4, except for one of the micro HDMI ports being replaced by a USB Type-C port with support for DisplayPort.

9Tripod Pico Pi V2.0 SBC Pico PC RK3588S

9Tripod Pico Pi V2.0 specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3588S
    • CPU – Octa-core processor with 4x Cortex-A76 cores @ up to 2.2-2.4 GHz, 4x Cortex-A55 cores @ up to 1.8 GHz
    • GPU –  Arm Mali-G610 GPU with OpenGL ES 3.2,  OpenCL 2.2, and Vulkan 1.2 support
    • VPU – 8Kp60 video decoder for H.265/AVS2/VP9/H.264/AV1 codecs, 8Kp30 H.265/H.264 video encoder
    • AI accelerator – 6 TOPS NPU
  • System Memory – 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage – MicroSD card socket, optional eMMC 5.1 flash module connector to add 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB module
  • Video Output
    • 1x micro HDMI 2.1 port
    • DisplayPort via USB Type-C port (TBC)
    • 4-lane MIPI DSI connector
  • Camera I/F – MIPI CSI connector (4-lane or 2x 2-lane)
  • Audio – 3.5mm earphone jack
  • Networking
    • Gigabit Ethernet RJ45
    • Unnamed dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0 module
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 Type-A ports, 2x USB 2.0 Type-A ports, 1x USB Type-C port
  • Expansion – 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible GPIO header
  • Debugging – 4-pin debug connector (probably for serial console)
  • Misc
    • Power, Recovery, Reset, and Boot buttons
    • Power LED, user LED
    • RTC battery connector
  • Power Supply – 5V/3A via USB Type-C port
  • Dimensions – 85 x 56mm (Raspberry Pi 4 form factor)

Rockchip RK3588S Raspberry Pi 4 SBCdevelopment board eMMC module WiFi Bluetooth debug portThe Pico Pi V2.0 supports Android 12 and Debian 11 operating systems as well as the Yocto Project to build custom Linux distributions. I won’t talk about performance too much since we’ve covered it in other writings, but basically, this SBC will deliver the processing performance of roughly 3 to 4 Raspberry Pi 4 boards depending on the workload, and it also includes a 6 TOPS NPU for AI tasks.

The product page calls it the Pico PC RK3588S instead of the Pico Pi V2.0 on the silkscreen, and comes with some very basic documentation in Chinese, but nothing about software that I could find. We’ve written about 9Tripod products before, and they seem to mostly cater to the mainland China market. I don’t see any major features that would warrant buying the Pico Pi V2.0/Pico PC RK3588S over the Cool Pi 4 or ROCK5 Model A which have documentation in English and images to download.

But if you feel adventurous, the 9Tripod Pico Pi V2.0 SBC is available for sale on Aliexpress for $124.10 to $168.88 depending on the memory and flash module configuration up to 8GB RAM and 32GB flash. The 16GB RAM models are out of stock, and 32GB RAM seems like a pipe dream since nobody has ever sold a Rockchip RK3588(s) with that amount of RAM.

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Biasio
Biasio
1 year ago

The orange Pi 5 is also available with 32GB of ram. but it’s a silly amount for this kind of board in my opinion. https://www.cnx-software.com/2022/11/11/orange-pi-5-most-affordable-rockchip-rk3588s-sbc/

Gnattu
Gnattu
1 year ago

Probably because the demand of such amount of RAM is too low to make it an retail option. For such niche use case a BTO option is more reasonable.

tkaiser
tkaiser
1 year ago

For 32GB RAM with RK3588(s) you need two LPDDR4 modules with 16GB (128Gb) each while AFAIK such packages are still not available and the same applies for 96Gb as well.

Pete
Pete
1 year ago

Meanwhile, Qualcomm, Apple and Samsung have all been in the process of moving to the newer LPDDR5(x).

One wonders if there will ever be a critical mass of demand to produce larger modules of, already superseded, LPDDR4 for the Rockchip SBC niche…

tkaiser
tkaiser
1 year ago

https://www.micron.com/products/dram/lpdram/part-catalog -> there sort by Density. I must have overlooked that yesterday but Micron shows four 128Gb LPDDR4 modules as ‘Production’.

Though no idea whether those can be combined with RK3588(s) or not.

Ajith
Ajith
1 year ago

Hi Jean Which is the best compatible dac board for orange pi.

Call 6
Call 6
15 days ago

I was going to post exactly that, both the Orange Pi 5 and 5 Plus have been selling with 32GB RAM for a while (even if the 32GB model is out-of-stock right now).

As per 32GB being ridiculous, I disagree: I have a use case where 32GB comes in handy.

Retroman
Retroman
1 year ago

It’s a real shame software support sucks for these little monsters.

Ajith
Ajith
1 year ago

Can it possible to use it as a streamer. If so which is the best compatible dac board. How much its price.

itchy n scratchy
itchy n scratchy
1 year ago

The only thing that got my attention was the usbc DP port…

itchy n scratchy
itchy n scratchy
1 year ago

Well however it is, it’s a shame rpi4 has those flimsi micro hdmi, that’s why mine is collecting dust as if it was an allwinner tv box 😛

DP alt mode on hdmi works perfectly on laptops, sad not on those boards

Tim
Tim
1 year ago

Sell it while it’s valuable

itchy n scratchy
itchy n scratchy
1 year ago

It doesn’t seem there is any USB C controller, so maybe as you stated it could be changed in the DT to native DP but this would most likely require some sort of a passive adapter…

Skalamanga
1 year ago

I really hope the pi form factor goes away in favour of one that has all the ports on one edge or on header pins

geoffrey b
geoffrey b
1 year ago

This board is available for preorder at ameridroid as ‘indiedroid nova.’

Tim
Tim
1 year ago

At $145 for the 4GB model I can’t see it selling well.

Jay Anderson
11 months ago

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