Orange Pi 5 Plus SBC switches to Rockchip RK3588 SoC, brings dual HDMI 2.1, dual 2.5GbE, M.2 PCIe sockets

Orange Pi 5 Plus is the first Rockchip RK3588 SBC from the company and succeeds the cheaper Rockchip RK3588S-based Orange Pi 5 and Orange Pi 5B single board computers that had a more limited number of high-end interfaces.

Switching to the I/O rich RK3588 processor allowed Orange Pi to add two 2.5GbE networking interfaces, support for NVMe SSD storage up to 2,000 MB/s, up to four display interfaces with two HDMI 2.1 ports, MIPI DSI and USB-C with DisplayPort Alt. mode, as well as an extra M.2 socket for optional WiFi 6 and Bluetooth connectivity.

Orange Pi 5 Plus

Orange Pi 5 Plus specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3588
    • CPU – 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 with support for OpenGL ES1.1/2.0/3.2, OpenCL 2.2, and Vulkan 1.2
    • 6 TOPS AI accelerator with support for INT4/INT8/INT16/FP16 mixed operation
    • VPU – 8Kp60 H.265/VP9/AVS2 10-bit decoder, 8Kp30 H.264 decoder, 4Kp60 AV1 decoder, 8Kp30 H.265/H.264 encoder
  • System Memory – 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB LPDDR4/4x
  • Storage
    • 16MB or 32MB QSPI NOR Flash
    • MicroSD card slot
    • eMMC flash socket for 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB module
    • M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 x4 socket for NVMe SSDs up to 2,000 MB/s
  • Video Output
    • 2x HDMI 2.1 ports up to 8Kp60
    • DisplayPort 1.4 up to 8Kp30 via USB-C port
    • 2x 4-lane MIPI DSI connector up to 4Kp60
    • 6-pin FPC socket for touchscreen
  • Video Input
    • Camera I/F – 4-lane MIPI CSI connector
    • HDMI 2.0 input up to 4Kp60
  • Audio
    • ES8388 audio codec, AWINIC AW8733ATQR audio amplifier
    • 3.5mm audio jack with headphone and microphone support
    • Onboard MIC
    • Support for HDMI 2.1 eARC
    • Speaker connector
  • Networking
    • 2x 2.5GbE RJ45 ports via RTL8125BG controllers
    • Optional WiFi and Bluetooth via M.2 module
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) Type-C port, 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Expansion
    • 40-pin header with GPIO, UART, I2C, SPI, CAN, I2S, PDM, AUDDSM, SDIO, PWM
    • M.2 Key-M socket (PCIe 3.0 x4) for 2280 NVMe SSDs, or other PCIe 2280 modules (e.g. AI accelerators)
    • M.2 Key-E socket (PCIe 2.0 x1/PCM/UART/USB2.0) for 2230 modules such as WiFi 6 and Bluetooth modules
  • Debugging – 3-pin UART header for serial console
  • Misc
    • Power, MaskROM, and Recovery buttons
    • Power LED, status LED, RGB LED
    • IR receiver
    • 5V fan connector
    • 2-pin connector for RTC backup battery
  • Power Supply
    • 5V/4A via USB Type-C port
    • RK806-1 PMU
  • Dimensions – 100 x 70 mm (Slightly wider than Orange Pi 5B)
  • Weight – 86.5 grams

Orange Pi 5 Plus specifications Orange Pi 5 Plus M2 NVMe 2.5GBe SSD

The dimensions are slightly larger than the earlier Orange Pi 5 boards, and the costs have been kept in check by removing the eMMC flash from the 5B, letting users opting for an eMMC flash module, if they don’t use the M.2 2280 socket to connect an NVMe SSD, and WiFi 6 is now optional. Operating systems will include Orange Pi OS (Droid and Arch Linux), Ubuntu, Debian, and Android 12, and I’d expect Armbian to eventually support the board since Orange Pi paid for platinum support for the Orange Pi 5/5B boards.

Amazingly the Orange Pi 5 Plus board is very similar to the FriendlyELEC’s NanoPC-T6 introduced yesterday, as if both companies almost worked together. That makes the Banana Pi BPI-WP3, announced last week with a similar feature set, virtually irrelevant except for people interested in evaluating the BPI-RK3588 core module for their own carrier board.

Three versions of the Orange Pi 5 Plus will be sold with different RAM capacities:

  • 4GB RAM for $89.90
  • 8GB RAM for $109.00
  • 16GB RAM for $129.00

The boards can be purchased on the company’s stores on Amazon and Aliexpress.

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