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FriendlyELEC CM3588 NAS Kit: Four NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x1 Sockets

FriendlyELEC has introduced the CM3588 NAS Kit, which features the new Rockchip RK3588 board. The board comes with four M.2 Key-M sockets, each with a PCIe Gen 3 x1 interface, designed to accommodate 2280 NVMe SSDs or other M.2 PCIe modules. The CM3588 NAS Kit is equipped with the CM3588 Core system-on-module and offers a range of features. These include a 2.5GbE RJ45 connector, two HDMI 2.1 video outputs, one HDMI 2.0 video input, MIPI DSI and CSI connectors, several USB 3.0/3.1 ports, and a 40-pin GPIO header for expansion. he FriendlyELEC CM3588 NAS Kit:

System-on-Module – CM3588 Core board:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3588 with 4x Cortex-A76 cores @ up to 2.4 GHz, 4x Cortex-A55 cores @ 1.8 GHz, and an Arm Mali-G610 MP4 “Odin” GPU
  • Video decoder – Supports 8Kp60 H.265, VP9, AVS2, 8Kp30 H.264 AVC/MVC, 4Kp60 AV1, 1080p60 MPEG-2/-1, VC-1, VP8
  • Video encoder – Supports 8Kp30 H.265/H.264 video encoding
  • AI accelerator – 6 TOPS NPU
  • System Memory – 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB LPDDR4x @ 2133 MHz
  • Storage – Optional 64GB eMMC flash
  • Networking – Realtek RTL8125BG 2.5GbE controller
  • 4x 100-pin high-density board-to-board connectors with USB 3.0/2.0, PCIe Gen 3 x4, 2.5GbE, HDMI Tx/Rx, GPIOs, etc.
  • PMIC – Rockchip RK806-1 power management IC
  • Dimensions – 65 x 55 mm (8-layer PCB)
  • Weight – About 21 grams

Carrier board – CM3588 NAS SDK:

  • Storage: Up to 4x M.2 2280 NVMe SSDs, microSD card slot, footprint for SPI flash
  • Video Output: 2x HDMI 2.1 ports (up to 8Kp60 and 4Kp60), 1x DisplayPort via USB-C (up to 4Kp60), 4-lane MIPI DSI connector
  • Video Input: 1x HDMI 2.0 input port (up to 4Kp60), 4-lane MIPI CSI connector
  • Audio: 3.5mm audio output jack, 2-pin microphone connector, built-in PWM buzzer
  • Networking: 2.5GbE RJ45 port
  • USB: 2x USB 3.0 Type-A ports, 1x USB 3.0 USB-C DRP port with DisplayPort support (up to 4Kp60), 1x USB 2.0 host port
  • Expansion: 4x M.2 2280 PCIe sockets (each with PCIe 3.0 x1), 40-pin GPIO header with various interfaces
  • Misc: 2-pin RTC battery connector, IR receiver, fan connector, MASK button for eMMC flash update, reset button, power button, recovery mode button, user button, 4x LEDs for SSDs, 3-pin debug UART header
  • Power Supply – 12V DC via power barrel jack or 2-pole terminal block
  • Dimensions – 160 x 116 mm (4-layer PCB)
  • Temperature Range – 0 to 70°C

The CM3588 Core module with heatsink starts at $95 and comes with 4GB RAM and no flash. The CM3588 NAS Kit, which includes the Core module with heatsink and the CM3588 NAS SDK carrier board, starts at $130. Additional accessories such as a 12V/2A power supply and a microSD card are required to boot the OS. There is also a kit option with an 8GB+64GB Core module, the carrier board, and a 12V/2A power supply for $154.89 plus shipping. The variant with 16GB RAM adds an extra $15.

Source: CNX Software – Embedded Systems News.