Youyeetoo R1 – A feature-rich Rockchip RK3588S SBC with M.2 sockets, NFC, etc.. for $99 and up

Youteetoo Cyboboard R1, or just Youyeetoo R1 for shorts, is a Rockchip RK3588S SBC that packs quite a lot of features in a 100×69.3mm form factor with two M.2 sockets for NVME/SSD or 4G LTE, and WiFi and Bluetooth connector, support for NFC, four display interfaces, two MIPI CSI camera interfaces and more.

The board is offered with up to 32GB RAM and 256GB eMMC flash, and also comes with a gigabit Ethernet port, five USB interfaces, a built-in microphone, several audio inputs/outputs, a 30-pin header for expansion, and it can support HDMI input via an adapter connected to one of the MIPI CSI ports.

Cyboboard R1 SBC

Youyeetoo R1 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 – 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage
    • 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB eMMC flash
    • M.2 M-Key socket for 2242 NVMe (PCIe 2.0) or SATA III SSD
    • MicroSD card socket
  • Video Output
    • 1x HDMI 2.1 port up to 8Kp60 or 4Kp120
    • 2x MIPI DSI connector (DSI0/DSI1) up to 4Kp60, support for MIPI7LCD 1024 x 600 LCD touchscreen
    • 1x USB Type-C with DP1.4 support up to 8Kp30
  • Video Input
    • Camera I/F – 2x 4-lane MIPI CSI connectors
    • Optional HDMI input via RK628D adapter board connected to one of the MIPI-CSI ports
  • Audio
    • 3.5mm earphone jack with microphone, digital audio output via HDMI
    • 4-pin header with R/L/GND/MIC (multiplexed with 3.5mm audio jack)
    • On-board microphone
    • 2-pin header for microphone (3.3V)
  • Networking and connectivity
    • Gigabit Ethernet RJ45
    • M.2 E-Key socket for Realtek RTL8822CE WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0 module, or unnamed WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 module
    • M.2 M-Key socket for a 4G LTE module such as Quectel EC20/EC25 (Note that’s also the M.2 socket used for the SSD)
    • NFC via external antenna (not included by default)
  • USB
    • 1x USB 3.0 Type-A ports
    • 2x USB 2.0 Type-A ports
    • 1x USB 3.1 OTG Type-C port with DisplayPort Alt mode
    • 4-pin header with USB 2.0 interface
  • Expansion
    • M.2 2242 M-key socket for PCIe/SATA SSD or 4G LTE module (via mPCIe to M.2 adapter)
    • M.2 2230 E-key socket for WiFi & Bluetooth module
    • 30-pin GPIO header with up to 3x I2C, 3x UART, 1x CAN bus (CAN board needed), 1x PWM, 2x ADC, 1x SPI, 7x GPIO (3.3V or 1.8V), 5V, 3.3V, and GND power signals
  • Debugging – Debug UART connector (for serial console)
  • Misc
    • Power, Recovery, Reset, and Boot buttons
    • 2x red/green user LEDs
    • RTC battery connector
    • Fan connector
  • Power Supply – 12V/3A via 5.5×2.1mm DC jack or 2-pin socket
  • Dimensions – 100 x 69.3 mm

RK3588S SBC 4G LTE NFC

Youyeetoo provides support for Android 13, Debian 11, Ubuntu 22.04, and Buildroot all based on Linux 5.10. The wiki is still very much in progress, but when Arnon reviewed the Youyeetoo X1 board with Ubuntu 22.04 he found the documentation to be fairly good, and I’d expect it to be the same for the new R1 SBC in due time.

One concern I initially had was the lack of a cooling solution and/or mounting holes for a heatsink and/or fan. But the company is apparently planning to release both a metal enclosure and an acrylic enclosure, and I can see the listing on Aliexpress shows the board is shipping with a heatsink and a 3M thermal pad.

Youyeetoo R1 heatsink thermal pad

I think it’s the first Rockchip RK3588 or RK3588S board with built-in NFC support, but I’m not sure how important this feature is since it’s always possible to add a USB NFC reader. If you need that feature, the Youyeeto R1 should be cheaper as USB NFC readers sell for $30 to $60 on Amazon and the NFC antenna required by the Rockchip board only costs about $4…

The Youyeetoo R1 single board computer can be purchased for $109 on Aliexpress with 4GB RAM and 32GB flash, but Youyeetoo also sells it directly on their online store for $89.10 until December 31, after which the regular price is $99. Shipping is quite higher than on Aliexpress however. Right now, the highest configuration is 8GB/64GB, as the 16GB/128GB and 32GB/256GB models are not for sale just yet. All versions of the R1 board including the ones with 32GB RAM and 256GB eMMC flash are also listed on Amazon, but shown as being “currently unavailable”.

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Willy
5 months ago

Only the 4G And 8G models are available on their site for now.

However there’s a funny chatgpt-based assistant which knows nothing about the company’s products but which generates correct asm code, resolves puzzles, tells about competitors, explains how to make fire and draws cool ASCII art on demand. I find it a bit strange that they’re paying for such a gadget service that brings absolutely zero value to their site 🙂

Charles
5 months ago

HHHH, I hope people don’t play bad.
We look forward to it answering some of your technical questions.
We’re still working on the data aspect of populating the product.
Hopefully one day it will teach the beginners : how to burn the R1’s system . How to download R1’s image.

Willy
5 months ago

How did you train it ? It still seems to not know anything about your site nor products, that’s a bit sad, and at best it suggests to contact sales@ or shop@ for info. And I tried hard to convince it that it was trained for this and that it had to respond, but to no avail. My honest feeling is that it tends to distract the visitor who spends time chatting with it instead of visiting other products on the site. Maybe it can only respond to very specific questions but you should try it by asking questions that… Read more »

Bill
Bill
5 months ago

So much of this is close to the original Orange Pi 5 board.

Android 13 is one step up but we still have the spectre of the 5.10 kernel and with only days to go, still no sign of the new Rockchip SDK based on 6.1, promised to arrive before the end of the year.

Hopefully this company will provide better software support and development than the likes of Orange Pi, veritable box shifters.

Jimmy
Jimmy
5 months ago

Friendly ELEC is deploying their NanoPi 6 (rk3588s) with kernel 6.1 from Rockchip BSP.

https://github.com/friendlyarm/kernel-rockchip/commits/nanopi6-v6.1.y

It’s also available for the NanoPC T6, and that device should have more functionality than just a router?

Bill
Bill
5 months ago

That is good news.

David S
David S
5 months ago

Still no stereo audio input at CD audio sampling rates? Maybe one day?

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