Mixtile Core 3588E Rockchip RK3588 system-on-module works with NVIDIA Jetson TX2 NX carrier boards

Mixtile Core 3588E is a system-on-module powered by a Rockchip RK3588 SoC and equipped with the 260-pin SO-DIMM connector found in the NVIDIA Jetson TX2 NX (and Jetson Nano, Xavier NX, Orin Nano modules).

We’ve seen several companies make Raspberry Pi CM4 alternatives such as Radxa CM3 or Pine64 SoQuartz, and Mixtile even has its own Core 3568M SoM that can be used as a drop-in replacement for the Raspberry Pi CM4. But I had not seen companies try to make system-on-modules based on NVIDIA Jetson’s 260-pin SO-DIMM edge connector, and that’s exactly what the Mixtile Core 3588E has to offer.

Rockchip RK3588 SoM NVIDIA Jetson TX2 NX alternative

Mixtile Core 3588E specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3588
    • CPU – Octa-core processor with 4x Arm Cortex-A76 cores @ up to 2.4 GHz, 4x Arm Cortex-A55 cores
    • GPU – Arm Mali-G610 MP4 GPU with support for OpenGL ES3.2, OpenCL 2.2, Vulkan1.1
    • AI accelerator – 6 TOPS NPU with support for TensorFlow, Caffe, Tflite, Pytorch, Onnx NN, Android NN
    • ISP – 48MP ISP with HDR support
    • VPU – 8Kp60 video decoding (H.264/H.265/VP9), 8Kp30 video encoding (H.264/H.265)
  • System Memory – 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB eMMC 5.1 flash
  • Ethernet – GbE PHY
  • 260-pin SO-DIMM edge connector compatible with Jetson TX2 NX SoM
    • Storage – SD 4.0, SDHOST 4.0, and SDIO 3.0
    • Display – 1x DP 1.2a, 1x HDMI 2.1
    • Camera – 2x 4-lane+2x 2-lane or 5×2-lane MIPI CSI interfaces @ 2.5Gbps/lane
    • Networking – Gigabit Ethernet
    • USB – 1x USB 3.0 (Gen1), 3x USB 2.0
    • PCIe – PCIe Gen3 x4 + PCIe Gen2 x1;
    • Low speed I/Os – 3x UART, 2x SPI, 4x I2C, 1x CAN, 4x I2S, GPIOs
  • Power Supply
    • Supply Voltage – 5 VDC
    • RK806-1 PMIC + discrete power circuit
  • Dimensions – 69.6 x 45 mm (NVIDIA Jetson TX2 NX, Orion Nano,… form factor)
  • Temperature range – 0 to +80℃ operating temperature

Mixtile Core 3588E

Mixtile Core 3588E Block Diagram
Core 3588E block diagram

Mixtile provides both Android 11 and Debian 11 BSPs for the Rockchip RK3588 module which contrasts with the Ubuntu 18.04 or 20.04-based JetPack SDK for the NVIDIA Jetson modules. Besides the different supported operating systems, the Mixtile Core 3588E should offer a better price/performance ratio than the 260-pin Jetson modules it aims to replace, of course, depending on the exact workload you are trying to run.

There are most likely some compatibility issues with some of the carrier boards designed for the NVIDIA Jetson TX2 NX, but Mixtile does not discuss those, or which carrier board the company has tested with the Core 3588E. In all fairness, this looks like an early announcement, so all information may not be available yet. A few more details may be found on the product page.

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