Asus have recently launched a product called the Tinker Board. It's supposedly a pin-compatible (but not software compatible) ARM based single-board computer. Its header layout and dimensions are supposedly identical to those of a Raspberry Pi model 3b.
The main benefits over the 3b are double the available RAM and approximately twice the CPU performance.
I'm curious if anybody has tried to use this product with a Pi-Top or a Pi-Top Ceed? We'd expect that some of the software features which are part of the Pi-Top OS would be missing - from what I can tell this only supports an Asus specific port of Rasbian. But would the rest of it work?
If it were possible to boot the device and have sound and display working that might be good enough for quite a lot of use-cases. Perhaps the Pi-top specific software could be side-loaded via Apt (just like we can do with Raspbian).
Hi...i am a new user here. In my case I didn't notice any smell. After shutting down the Pi-Top last night I decided to unplug the 110V mains adapter to see what effect that might have. Connected power today to boot up. The battery was showing 78% when I noticed.
I've modified battery widget a little - now it works with Tinkerboard. Please try version for Jessie: https://github.com/DSysoletin/pi-top-battery-widget
It don't need any scripts from Pi-top OS, it works with I2C directly.
About shutdown - I don't think that scripts should do that.
I'am sure that shutdown is performed by some kernel patch - shutdown commands should be last that Linux will do. So all filesystems will be unmounted to this moment, and scripts should be unavailable, and all processes is killed...
So, I think, something in place where kernel sends shutdown command to ATX power supply (in case if it runs at X86), there should be some customization that will send shutdown command to Pi-Hub.
Great idea add Asus Tinker board
Hello, Guys. Sorry for delayed answer. I'll answer to all 3 of your questions in one message.
1) About HUB and drivers - I didn't modifyed anything. It all works, as for me. Only one thing that dosn't works for now - at shutdown, Tinkerboard (it running Gentoo) shuts down, but pi-top isn't, so I must hold power key. Brightness control works, and I copied python pt-hardware-info script from Pi-top OS to be able to read data about battery. It is not veru handy, but it works.
2) About battery. I've conducted little test, and will write post in my blog shortly, but in short words - Tinker board requires less power when idle, and more power when loaded, but it is really faster than Pi, so it will handle same amount of work in shorter time. I think, battery life decreased a little, but now Tinker-based pi-top is much faster and work with it is pleasure, not pain, like it was with Pi in some scenarios.
3) About heatsink. While I'am writing this all in firefox, CPU temp is 58 C on my tinkerboard. I did not modifyed heatsink. And, I'am using Gentoo and I'am compiling all on pi-top, not on other machine, and I did not have some problems with CPU overheating. So,heatsink may be not ideal, but it is enough even for hard loads such as compiling.
So, swaps your Pi's to tinkerboard. It is really good idea!
What about the battery power duration for the Tinker board VS Raspberry pi 3?
Battery must be charged more frequently ?
Dmitry: is it running TinkerOS? If so how did you modify the drivers to have HUB work?
I've succesfully swapped RPi3 to Asus Tinker board in my Pi-top v2.
Yes, tinkerboard is a little bit wider, and connector between pi-hub and GPIO header will not install easilly - but it is still possible! Un-tighten screws on hub and tinkerboard, then insert bridge to hub, but don't press on bridge, don't push it fully in hub's socket for now, and after this - carefully push hub in direction to tinkerboard and carefully press to bridge over GPIO pins. After some iterations, in my case, it works, and bridge slided to GPIO pins. Yes, not fully, there is still some gap (I think, this is because heatsink of bridge is blocked by SOC metal plate), but it works!
Yes, there is no battery indication out of the box, and probably overheating problems - but, I think, it is still good replace - tinkerboard is really faster than rpi3!
Pitop v2 doesn't use HDMI though.
It has an interesting cable I haven't seen before, although it might actually have a more common LVDS inside, I didn't check.
I tried plugging in RPI without pitop OS on it and it wouldn't detect the monitor either