Rockchip RK3568 Android mini PC supports PoE (Power over Ethernet)

QINTAIX QY8 is yet another Rockchip RK3568 mini PC running Android 11 whose main differentiating feature is the ability to take power from a 5V power supply or PoE (Power over Ethernet) via its Gigabit Ethernet port.

The system comes with up to 8GB RAM, up to 64GB eMMC flash, offers HDMI 2.1 and composite video output, an audio jack, optical S/PDIF, WiFi 6 wireless connectivity, a few USB 3.0/2.0 ports, as well as an RTC with a backup battery for time-keeping.

QINTAIX QT8

QINTAIX QY8 specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3568 quad-core Cortex-A55 processor @ up to 2.0 GHz with Arm Mali-G52 2EE GPU with support for OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan 1.1, 1.0 TOPS NPU for AI acceleration, 4Kp60 H.265/H.264/VP9 video decoding, and 1080p60 H.265/H.264 video encoding
  • System Memory – 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4
  • Storage
    • 32GB or 64GB eMMC flash
    • MicroSD card socket
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.1 port up to 4Kp60, AV port with composite (CVBS) output
  • Audio – 3.5mm headphone jack (also AV port), optical S/PDIF output, digital audio via HDMI
  • Networking
    • Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port with PoE input
    • WiFi 6 (802.11ax) 2T2R and Bluetooth 5.0 via a Realtek RTL8852BE module plus two high-gain external antennas
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port,  1x USB 3.0 OTG port, 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Misc – Power button, power LED, IR receiver, RTC with backup battery
  • Power Supply
    • 5V/2.5A input via DC jack
    • 36V to 57V PoE input, up to 5V/2.6A (13W) output
  • Dimensions – N/A
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0 to +60°C; storage: -10 to +60°C
  • Humidity – 5% to 90% non-condensing

Rockchip RK3568 mini PC Gigabit Ethernet PoEQintex only provides support for Android 11 for the QINTAIX QY8 mini PC. It’s not the first time we see a Rockchip RK3568 mini PC with PoE support, as the Firefly Station P2 offers one Gigabit Ethernet with PoE+, but the use case is completely different as it delivers up to 30W power output, so it’s a power sourcing equipment (PSE) designed for PoE cameras, instead of being a powered device (PD) like the Qintex mini PC.

The photo of the board below shows an RT9408 PoE module that takes 36V to 57V input and outputs 5V. It looks to be an update to the popular RT9400 PoE module which is limited to 5V/2A (10W) according to the datasheet, as the RT9408 delivers up to 13 Watts (5V/2.6A) which should be enough for most applications.

QINTEX QIT8 RK3568 board PoE module

Qintex sells two versions of the QINTAIX QY8, one with 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC flash, and a “Pro” version in 8GB/64GB configuration with sample prices being $98 and $118 respectively.  The product page has limited details and a “Buy” button that does not work for me.

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John Kelleher
7 months ago
Jacques
7 months ago

Not quite the same price, though.

Pete
Pete
7 months ago

One less cable to plug in; it’s a value-added $5 feature on a $98 device.

From memory my existing Android TV box was powerable via the OTG port too.

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