New on CrowdSupply (opens in new tab)and about 1/5th funded as we write, is the Mixtile Blade 3, a Pico ITX motherboard featuring the eight-core RK3588 chipset from Rockchip and up to 16GB of RAM. If funded, it should make a nice addition to the various SBCs that have jumped on the powerful SoC since its launch, with the advantage that the Blade 3 is stackable, ready for use as a cluster.
The magic comes from a built-in PCIe Gen 3 edge connector, offering 20Gbps of network bandwidth and allowing you to stack many, many boards to create a potential monster with 600 processor cores. By our math, which is shaky, that’s 75 of the boards wired together. Mixtile claims this supercluster would draw less than 1,500W of power.
|CPU||Rockchip Octa-core Cortex-A76/A55 SoC processor RK3588|
|RAM||Up to 32 GB LPDDR4|
|Storage||Up to 256 GB eMMC storage|
|PCIe Gen 3 (Optional)|
|Ports||1 x HDMI Output (8K @ 60 FPS or 4K @ 120 FPS)|
|1 x HDMI 2.0 Input (4K @ 60 FPS)|
|2 x USB C 3.2|
|2 x 2.5G Ethernet|
|GPIO||40 pin GPIO with Digital I/O, I2C, USB, SPI, I2S, TTL, UART|
|Operating System||Linux, Android 12|
|Dimensions||100 x 72mm|