Khadas VIM3 is launching soon!

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Hi Everyone!

@Gouwa has got some good news:

Our VIM3 SBC with the Amlogic S922X SoC will be launching soon!

Please help us out by sharing #VIM3 with your friends, and discussing with this forum thread!

Core Features:

+ Faster CPU Performance: Big-little architecture. x4 high-performance Cortex-A73 cores, paired with x2 efficiency Cortex-A53 cores.

+ Neural Processing Unit for A.I.: Next generation, deep-neural-network applications, at 2.5 TOPS.

+ Switchable PCIe and USB 3.0: Use the Khadas KBI to switch the “combo interface” to either the USB-3.0 port or PCIe interface.

+ USB-C Power Delivery: Wide-range of power input, from 5-20V for power-hungry applications, e.g. Microphone Array and Speakers.

+ Dual Independent Displays: HDMI and MIPI-DSI, with 3-axis digital accelerometer for display rotation detection.

Supported ROMs (work-in-progress):

  • Android 9 (Pie)
  • Ubuntu XFCE 18.04
  • LibreELEC (Kodi GBM + Linux 5.1), thanks @chewitt

Description:

The VIM3 SBC is the latest iteration of the popular Khadas VIM series, equipped with the faster Amlogic S922X SoC. The S922X is based on the big-little CPU architecture: x4 Cortex A73 performance-cores and x2 Cortex A53 efficiency-cores are merged into a hexa-core configuration, and fabricated with a 12nm process to maximise both thermal and electrical efficiency.

VIM3 is designed with the same form-factor as our popular VIM2 and VIM1, with up to 4GB of LPDDR4/4X RAM and 32GB of EMMC storage; this makes it compatible with existing VIM accessories such as the New VIM Heatsink and 3705 Cooling Fan.

3 models of VIM3 are planned for release, however specifications for only the first model are available at this time. We will announce the exact launch date, and information about the other models in email updates. Help support #VIM3 by sharing our Facebook and Twitter posts, participating in our forum discussion at Khadas Forum, and writing a blog article.

Resources For Bloggers:

VIM3 Specifications: Download PDF
VIM3 Comparison Table (Edge-V, Odroid-N2): Download PDF
VIM3 4K Photographs: Perspective - Top - Bottom
Social Sharing Images (Perspective): 720P - 1080P - 4K
Social Sharing Images (Underside): 720P - 1080P - 4K
LibreELEC on VIM3 Pro: Photograph by @chewitt

Description of the #VIM3 Underside:

MIPI-CSI:

  • 4-lane MIPI-CSI with two clocks
    • For a single camera configuration, lanes D0-D3 are paired with CLKA
    • For two camera configuration, lanes D0-D1 are paired with CLKA and lanes D2-D3 are paired with CLKB
  • PINOUT compatible with Edge-V

MIPI-DSI:

  • 4-lane MIPI-DSI, resolution up to 1920*1080
  • PINOUT compatible with Edge-V

M.2 Connector:

  • M-Key M.2 Connector
  • 1-lane PCIe 2.0, USB 2.0, 8-Ch I2S, I2C, 100-Mbit Ethernet, GPIO

Recent #VIM3 Blog Articles:

Compatible Accessories:

  • New VIM Heatsink
  • 3705 Cooling Fan
  • Khadas Tone Board
  • DIY Case
  • Metal Plate
  • Multi-Touch LCD
  • IR-Remote
  • USB-C (male-to-male) Cable
  • USB-C 24W Adapter (with USB PD)
  • HDMI 2.0 Cable
  • M.2 Converter (allows for flipping the SSD into VIM3’s footprint)
  • PoE Module (to be confirmed, dependent on user demand)

VIM3 Poll:

Warmly,
You Jun
Khadas Team

Main Contact Email: hello@khadas.com
Alternate Contact Email: khadas.wesion@gmail.com

Khadas Official Channels:

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#2

And the option without eMMC is planned ? :slight_smile:

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#3

Wow!!!
That’s great!!!

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#4

It’ll be a nice board and s922x seems really powerful!

How many lanes for nvme slot? Is it the single lane PCIe?
Do you plan to have a price competing with Odroid N2?

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#5

It’s one lane PCIe 2.0 due to the SoC itself only support one lane PCIe, but we also design USB 2.0 on the M.2 connector:

Good day!

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#6

there’s no VIN (Extra Power Input) port?

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#7

Yep, VIN connector is cancelled from the new VIM2.

May I know that your application of the VIN?

Thanks!

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#8

40 pin gpio support dvb ts interface a and b (twin tuner support), can we use vtv board?

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#9

Hi Hakan:
The VIM3 don’t support vTV board(currently, only VIM2 support it).

Good day!

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#10

hi, what is the GPU present in this s922x please ? I hope hardware acceleration on mainline linux will be easier to obtain than in vim1…

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#11

It is a Mali G52. The good news is that there should be a wayland driver for linux: https://www.cnx-software.com/2019/03/27/odroid-n2-gpu-drivers-linux-5-0-and-impressive-glmarks-es2-score/

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#12

a really big drawback.

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#13

Sound exciting with all Wifi + pcie + S922X. :kissing_heart:
I will also prefer external emmc module socket.

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#14

Hi You Jun,
Congrats to you and the rest of the Khadas team for what looks to be yet another very excellent board!

@Gouwa I’d be proud to have the opportunity to port NEMS Linux to Khadas boards (including the VIM3). If I could get my hands on some samples, I could get started on that and also would be happy to do some unboxing and review videos on Category5 Technology TV. Please let me know what you think.

Keep up the great work!!

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#15

Looks very nice.
Congratulations with it @Gouwa and the Khadas team.
I’ve got the Odroid N2 with the S922x. It’s a great SoC, amazingly fast. Great power characteristics. And it’s coolable too.
Too bad from the lesser I/O possibilities. But you seem to have found a good middle way with the switcheable PCIe.
Do you have any more information about that NPU please? And any picture from the underside would be welcome.
Good luck with production and sales.
Greetings, NicoD

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#16

That’s exactly what I’ve been waiting for, since the Raspberry Pi 3 has not enough power for my needs. Even if this device might be overpowered for my project, you may be able to answer my question?

“Will this device come with Kodi (Mediacenter) support and possibly also Hyperion drivers?”

Actually I am using a Raspberry Pi 3 with Kodi as a media center plus having “Hyperion” running to power my DIY ambilight LEDs. As the LEDs are connected to the GPIO pins, other devices with more power but the lack of GPIO pins were not suitable for this project. I’d like to upgrade to a more powerful device which is able to play 4K videos AND having the support of GPIO pins. Currently I am using a Tanix TX5 Pro device to play back 4K, but unfortunately no GPIO pins are available to power the home made Ambilight. Remote control of the LEDs with any kind of Boblight etc. does also not work as I expect. (The Tanix TX5 Pro uses a AML 905X chip, at least Kodi is absolutely possible there using LibreElec)

So maybe a unusual question, but if this device can handle both needs, it can be a very big player in the Hyperion Project community.

Thank you!

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#17

Hello, please do a comparison between your offer and this https://www.hardkernel.com/shop/odroid-n2-with-4gbyte-ram/ and tell us how better is vim3 (for us diyers)
Thanks

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#18

I’m not an expert on GPIO, but LibreELEC will be guaranteed to work on VIM3 (I know that for sure). In addition, I hope will be a package KODI for Linux distributions with kernel 5.x (Armbian ArchLinux etc) :slight_smile:

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#19

Sorry for newbie question.
I think the performance of VIM3 would be better than VIM1/2, but how about comparing with Edge-V? What is the main difference between these 2 SBCs?

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#20

The CPU & GPU performance: VIM3 > Edge-V

The Edge-V with richer IO like:

  • eDP
  • USB-C 3.0 with DP display (VIM3 with USB2.0 OTG and not DP display feature)
  • Dual Channel MIPI-DSI (VIM3 with one channel up to 1920*1080)
  • x4 PCIe (VIM3 with x1 PCIE 2.0)

I will do a comparisons table with more details later.

Update:
Edge-V, VIM3 and Odroid-N2 comparison table is available in the initial post.

Good day!

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