Khadas VIM1S Low-Power SBC Gets Processor Refresh

Khadas is launching an upgraded model of its VIM1 SBC Arm-powered SBC, which introduced in 2016. The brand new VIM1S, as reported by means of (*3*)CNX Instrument (opens in new tab), is a low-powered board that might nonetheless give the Raspberry Pi 4 (opens in new tab) a run for its cash within the low-power computing sector.


(Symbol credit score: Khadas)

In comparison to different forums introduced lately, such because the (*4*)Radxa CM5 (opens in new tab) and even (*5*)Khadas’ personal VIM4 (opens in new tab), the VIM1S appears to be like underpowered, with an Amlogic S905Y4 quad-core Arm Cortex-A35 CPU working at as much as 2.0 GHz and simply 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM. Then again, so much depends upon the fee at which it turns into to be had. The onboard GPU is a Mali-G31 MP2 unit that may decode H.265, AV1, VP9 and AVS2 as much as 4Kp60, plus H.264 as much as 4Kp30. As well as, four simultaneous streams can also be decoded at 1080p 60fps.

The total specifications of the board have not been printed but, however we do realize it options an Ethernet port (described as ‘speedy’) and 2 USB 2 ports, however no USB 3 past a Sort-C port extensively utilized for continual (there is a separate four-pin continual connector if wanted) however which can’t output video. There may be additionally a 40-pin GPIO array stated to be Raspberry Pi-compatible, and each Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0 wi-fi connections, with an exterior antenna that is a particular a part of the board. 

There may be additionally a 30-pin FPC connector at the underside of the board, plus each embedded eMMC flash and a Micro-SD card for garage. A full-size HDMI 2.1 port can also be observed within the pictures launched. The board measures simply 82mm x 58mm (3.2in x 2.2in), making it kind of the similar length as a Raspberry Pi 4.

The board is being advertised on its low continual necessities. “Our VIM1 unmarried board computer has steadily been a low cost and power-efficient answer for plenty of Makers and OEM builders,” reads Khadas’ (*2*)weblog publish (opens in new tab) pronouncing the board. “The much-loved Amlogic S905X SoC sipped continual and in lots of instances did not even require a heatsink to serve as generally. The upgraded VIM1S … integrates a brand new SoC with equivalent continual necessities, however a lot progressed processing and GPU efficiency.”

Extra details about the brand new board shall be launched quickly.

Raspberry Pi 4 vs Khadas VIM1S
CPUAmlogic S905Y4 quad-core Arm Cortex-A35 @ as much as 2.0 GHzBroadcom BCM2711, Quad core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz
GPUArm Mali-G31 MP2Broadcom VideoCore VI
RAM2 GB LPDDR4 @ 1176 MHz1GB, 2GB, 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4 @ 3200MHz
HDMI1x 2.1 full-size, as much as 4K @ 60 Hz with HDR, CEC, HDCP 2.2/2.32 × micro-HDMI ports (as much as 4kp60 supported)
USB2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x USB kind C port for continual and USB units (no video)2 USB 3.0 ports; 2 USB 2.0 ports.
Wi-fiTwin-band 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0 with IPEX connector and antenna2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth 5.0, BLE
GPIO40-pin Raspberry Pi well suited header with USB, UART, I2C, ADC, PWM, JTAG, I2S40-pin
Dimensions82mm x 58mm85.6mm x 56.5mm

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