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Rockchip RK3568-Powered Asus Tinker Board 3N Comes in Three Variants

Rockchip RK3568-Powered Asus Tinker Board 3N Comes in Three Variants

ASUS has expanded its single-board computer (SBC) lineup with the introduction of the Tinker Board 3N, now available in three variants. The Tinker Board 3N series, powered by the Rockchip RK3568, offers options for various applications ranging from commercial to industrial uses. The base model, Tinker Board 3N, is designed for commercial temperature ranges, while the Tinker Board 3N Plus is suited for industrial temperature ranges (-40°C to 85°C). The Tinker Board 3N Lite offers a more budget-friendly option with reduced features.

Key specifications for the three variants include:

  • SoC: Rockchip RK3568 quad-core Arm Cortex-A55 processor @ 2.0 GHz, Arm Mali-G52 GPU, 0.8 TOPS NPU
  • System Memory: Options of 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB LPDDR4/LPDDR4X
  • Storage: Options include 32GB/64GB eMMC flash and MicroSD card slot, with additional NVMe SSD support via M.2 B-Key socket and 16MB SPI flash for the non-Lite versions
  • Display and Audio: HDMI with CEC, LVDS, eDP, 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speaker header, and HDMI audio
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet, with varying support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 4G/5G connectivity depending on the model
  • USB: Multiple USB 3.2 Gen1 and USB 2.0 ports
  • Expansion and Miscellaneous Features: GPIO headers, serial interfaces, IR receiver, power-on & reset headers, among others

Pricing for the models starts at $169 for the Lite variant and goes up to $249 for the Plus version.

ASUS supports these boards with Debian 11 and Android 12 operating systems, offering resources like user manuals, schematics, and a qualified vendors list on the Tinker board website. Additionally, instructions for building the Linux image are available on GitHub.

Source: CNX Software – Embedded Systems News.

Armbian Releases OS Version 24.2 Kereru

Armbian Releases OS Version 24.2 Kereru

Armbian has announced the release of version 24.2, codenamed Kereru, introducing numerous improvements to enhance the user experience. Here are the key highlights of this release:

  • Resolved DNS resolution issues on Debian Bookworm
  • Optimized HDMI console performance on Khadas VIM1S and VIM4 devices
  • Streamlined Rockchip patch maintenance for improved stability
  • Expanded hardware compatibility with Xiaomi Mi10, OrangePi Zero 3, and ASUS Tinker Edge R
  • Implementation of the latest Amlogic kernel 5.15.y drop for Khadas VIM1S & VIM4 users
  • Introduced feature for displaying download links
  • Integrated Odroid M1 into the rockchip64 family
  • Added support for Ubuntu 24.04 Noble
  • Upgraded all current kernels to 6.6 LTS
  • Included Home Assistant extensions and security measures like LVM support and CRYPTROOT
  • Implemented cloud-init support and added support for Radxa Rock S0
  • Fixed network interface card failures on OrangePi One+
  • Resolved WiFi and Bluetooth issues on RockPi S devices caused by Edge Kernel
  • Addressed package removal and systemd unit enablement errors
  • Fixed desktop compatibility issues with Cinnamon desktop on Vim4
  • Optimized image loading times on Khadas VIM1S/VIM4 Bookworm

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XCP-ng Unveils Version 8.3 Beta 2 of Virtualization Platform

XCP-ng Unveils Version 8.3 Beta 2 of Virtualization Platform

XCP-ng has announced the launch of the 8.3 Beta 2, marking the culmination of seven months of work on XCP-ng 8.3. This pre-release version is not recommended for production environments but is intended for users interested in testing and providing feedback on the new features. The release faced challenges with UEFI firmware emulation, but with community support, issues were resolved.

Changes in XCP-ng 8.3 Beta 2

Changes from XenServer

  • Completion of vTPM support for Windows 11 compatibility.
  • Various improvements in XAPI, Xen, and Linux kernel.

Changes from XCP-ng

  • Rebased packages on XenServer 8 preview.
  • Various installer enhancements.
  • IPv6 support updates.
  • Addition of XOSTOR and Debian 12 template.
  • Security fixes and new tests.
  • Removal of old experimental EXT4 driver.

Updates Since Beta 2

  • Integration of XenServer 8 advancements.
  • Various updates and fixes for enhanced stability.
  • Known issue with Xen Orchestra statistics, being addressed.

Xen 4.17

  • Opportunity to upgrade from Xen 4.13 to Xen 4.17 for testing.
  • Instructions provided for installation and feedback submission.

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Improved Deduplication Efficiency in OpenZFS

iXsystems and Klara are collaborating to implement Fast Dedup support in OpenZFS, with plans to integrate these improvements into TrueNAS SCALE starting next month.

The upgraded OpenZFS Fast Dedup brings a significant overhaul to the file system’s deduplication capabilities. Notable improvements include addressing challenges related to deduplication hash tables, ensuring they are in memory when needed, and tackling performance and scalability issues. The new iteration allows dynamic sizing of metadata to fit in RAM or dedicated flash devices. The metadata structure has undergone a re-engineering process, and the deduplication table now prioritizes dedup-able data while efficiently pruning blocks with no deduplication potential.

For further insights into the OpenZFS Fast Dedup feature, refer to the iXsystems blog.

Source: Phoronix.

Embedfire LubanCat 4 Card Computer: Rockchip RK3588S Dev Board with Mini PCIe Socket

Embedfire LubanCat 4 Card Computer: Rockchip RK3588S Dev Board with Mini PCIe Socket

EmbedFire LubanCat 4 card computer, also known as LubanCat 4, is a feature-packed Rockchip RK3588S Single Board Computer (SBC) launched by Yehuo Electronic. This compact board measuring 85x56mm offers a wide range of functionalities, including Ethernet, USB, mini PCIe, HDMI 2.1, SIM card slot, microSD card holder, and more.

EmbedFire LubanCat 4 Specifications:

  • SoC: Rockchip RK3588S
    • CPU: Octa-core processor with 4x Cortex-A76 cores up to 2.2-2.4 GHz and 4x Cortex-A55 cores up to 1.8 GHz
    • GPU: Arm Mali-G610 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.2, and Vulkan 1.2
    • VPU: 8Kp60 video decoder and 8Kp30 video encoder
    • AI Accelerator: 6 TOPS NPU
  • System Memory: 4/8/16GB LPDDR4X
  • Storage: Options include no eMMC/32/64/128GB, microSD card socket
  • Video Output: Mini HDMI 2.1, 2x MIPI DSI connectors, USB Type-C interface supporting DP protocol
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port, optional WiFi or cellular mini PCIe module
  • USB Ports: 3x USB 2.0 Type-A interfaces, 1x USB 3.0 Type-A interface, 1x USB 3.0 Type-C interface
  • Expansion: Mini PCIe interface, 40-pin Raspberry Pi-compatible GPIO header
  • Misc: RTC battery connection socket, 5V fan header for cooling
  • Power Supply: 5V/4A DC input via USB Type-C
  • Dimensions: 85 x 56 mm

The board supports various operating systems including Android 13, Debian, Ubuntu, and ROS, all available on their GitHub repository. However, there is limited documentation available for the board at the moment.

The EmbedFire LubanCat 4 SBC is available for purchase on AliExpress with prices starting at around $110 for the 4GB RAM version without eMMC. This board offers a Raspberry Pi-sized solution powered by the robust Rockchip RK3588S SoC, making it a compelling choice for developers and enthusiasts looking to explore various projects in the server, Linux, DevOps, and home lab environments.

Source: CNX Software – Embedded Systems News.

Core NGINX Developer Creates Freenginx Web Server Fork

Maxim Dounin, a core developer of the popular nginx web server, has announced the creation of a new fork called freenginx. This move comes after a disagreement with F5, the organization that acquired the nginx company in 2019. Dounin explained the reasons behind the fork in his announcement.

Dounin mentioned that after the closure of F5’s Moscow office in 2022, he no longer worked for F5. However, an agreement was reached for him to continue his role in nginx development as a volunteer. For almost two years, he worked on improving nginx for free. Unfortunately, the new non-technical management at F5 decided to interfere with the security policy that nginx had been using for years, going against both the policy and the developers’ position.

Due to this disagreement, Dounin decided to start an alternative project to keep nginx development free from arbitrary corporate actions. The goal of Freenginx, as stated on their website, is to maintain the open-source nature of nginx development. The website, freenginx.org, provides a brief statement explaining the project’s objectives.

Source: Phoronix.