AAEON RICO-3568 is a Pico-ITX Plus board powered by a Rockchip RK3568 SoC

AAEON RICO-3568 is a Pico-ITX Plus single board computer powered by a Rockchip RK3568 quad-core Cortex-A55 AI SoC, up to 8GB LPDDR4, 16GB eMMC flash, four display interfaces (HDMI, LVDS, eDP, MIPI DSI), gigabit Ethernet, and various expansion headers for industrial applications.

Most have already heard about the Pico-ITX form factor, but it’s the first time I’ve ever come across a Pico-ITX Plus board. It looks like it’s an AAEON-specific “standard” right now, with the Pico-ITX Plus boards (100x80mm) being slightly wider than Pico-ITX SBCs (100x72mm).

AAEON RICO-3568 Pico-ITX Plus board

AAEON RICO-3568 specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3568
    • CPU – Quad-core Cortex A55 processor at up to 2.0 GHz
    • GPU – Mali G52 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan 1.1
    • VPU
      • 4Kp60 H.264, H.265, VP9, 1080p60 MPEG-4/-2/-1, VP8, and VC1 video decoder
      • 1080p60 H.264/H.265 video encoder
    • AI accelerator – 0.8 TOPS NPU
  • System Memory – 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB LPDDR4
  • Storage
    • 16GB eMMC flash
    • MicroSD card socket
    • mSATA SSD via mini-PCIe slot (see Expansion section)
  • Display interfaces
    • HDMI 2.0, up to 4K x 2K @ 60Hz
    • eDP 1.3, up to 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz
    • 18/24-bit LVDS, up to 1280 x 800 @ 60Hz; JP2, 3.3V/5V: LVDS Power Selection;n
    • LCD Backlight connector; JP3, 5V/12V: Backlight Power Selection
    • MIPI DSI up to 2048 x 1536 @ 60Hz for dual-MIPI mode
  • Camera – Not support (USB only)
  • Audio – 3.5mm microphone/ earphone jack
  • Networking
    • 1x Gigabit Ethenret RJ45 port
    • Optional Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port via T650 daughter board or T650 Wide-Voltage board for dual GbE and PoE support
    • WiFi 5 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0 + EDR with u.FL antenna connector
    • Optional WiFi 6 or 4G LTE via mini PCIe socket and NanoSIM push-push type slot
  • USB
    • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 OTG Type-C port
    • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port
    • 1x USB 2.0 Type-A port
    • 1x USB 2.0 interface via pin Header with integrated USB, I2C, 5V
  • Serial
    • RS-232/422/485 DB9 connector; JP1, 5V/12V: RS-232/422/485 Voltage Output Selection
    • 7-pin RS-232 Debug wafer
    • CN3: UART (Tx/Rx only), I2C, USB, Others
  • Expansion
    • Full-size mini-PCIe slot (mSATA / USB)
    • 8x GPIO via 2×6-pin Wafer
    • 40-pin FPC connector for daughter board with CAN Bus, 2x I2C, GMAC (Ethernet), etc…
  • Misc – Watchdog Timer
  • Power Supply
    • +12V DC input; AT: Default, ATX: Optional
    • Optional PoE via daughter board
    • RK809-5 PMIC
  • Dimensions – 100 x 80mm (Pico-ITX Plus form factor)
  • Weight – About 200 grams
  • Temperature Range
    • Operating  – Standard: 0°C to 60°C); optional: -20°C to 60°C
    • Storage – -40°C to 80°C
  • Operating Humidity – 0% ~ 90% relative humidity, non-condensing
  • MTBF (hours) – TBD
  • Certifications – CE/FCC

Rockchip RK3568 Pico-ITX Plus SBC

 

The T650 daughter board – also referred to as the PER-T650 – looks interesting, but I was unable to find any specifics at the time of writing. AAEON provides Android 12 and Debian 10 support for the board, and currently available documentation includes a datasheet and user manual mostly focusing on the hardware.

The company says the board is a robust, fanless industrial-grade solution for applications such as automation, digital signage, and edge computing.

Rockchip RK3568 industrial SBC block diagram
Block Diagram

The only other “PICO-ITX Plus” SBC I could find is the upcoming RICO-MX8M (see PDF brief) with an NXP i.MX 8M Mini SoC, many of the same features, and a 40-pin Raspberry Pi header. AAEON told CNX Software there was no specific reason for not going with the Pico-ITX (100x72mm) standard, the choice was due to a combination of reasons with the wider 80mm board allowing for the interface range they wanted alongside the RK3568 SBC. It’s not the first company to mess around with the Pico-ITX form factor, as Radxa designed a “PI-CO ITX SBC” that combines the benefits of Pico-ITX and Raspberry Pi form factors.

AAEON did not provide price and availability information. More details, including the aforementioned user manual and datasheet, can be found on the product page, and you may also get additional tidbits of information in the press release.

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Anonymous
Anonymous
26 days ago

Most have already heard about the Pico-ITX form factor, But it’s the first time I’ve ever come across a Pico-ITX Plus board. It looks like it’s an AAEON-specific “standard” right now, with the Pico-ITX Plus boards (100x80mm) being slightly wider than Pico-ITX SBCs (100x72mm).

I am growing stronger fatter.

ben
ben
25 days ago

AAEON did not provide price and availability information.

I really wish you guys would show a little restraint and not post about products until they’re past the vaporware stage.

ben
ben
25 days ago

AAEON does sell some of its boards on its e-store, and also manufactures UP community boards which will always have price information and can be purchased online.

That has absolutely nothing to do with this particular product which may or may not actually exist.

Luc
Luc
24 days ago

You can pre order the board in their online shop.
2G is priced 166$ while 4G is at 176$

Luc
Luc
25 days ago

Debian 10 seriously ?
Even its LTS support will end in june 2024.

tkaiser
tkaiser
24 days ago

Seems, they never touched the software side again and use what Rockchip’s SDK contained years ago. As such the device will most likely run with an ancient 4.19.193 kernel (4.19 LTS is at 4.19.314 right now and EOL by the end of this year).

Luc
Luc
24 days ago

This is just insane. Who will buy this ?

Khadas VIM4 SBC