Firefly EC-R3568PC is a compact and rugged mini PC powered by Rockchip RK3568 SoC with built-in 1 TOPS AI accelerator, up to 8GB RAM, 128GB flash memory, M.2 NVMe and SATA 3.0 storage, dual Gigabit Ethernet , HDMI 2.0 output, RS232 and RS485 interfaces via RJ45 socket, and more.
The fanless embedded computer is designed to be wall-mounted and operates in a wide temperature range of -20°C to 60°C, making it suitable for smart NVRs, cloud terminals, IoT gateways and applications industrial control.
- SoC – Rockchip RK3568 quad-core Cortex-A55 processor @ up to 2.0 GHz with Arm Mali-G52 2EE GPU with support for OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan 1.1. 1 TOPS NPU, VPU with 4Kp60 H.265/H.264/VP9 video decoding, 1080p60 H.265/H.264 video encoding
- System memory – 2 GB, 4 GB or 8 GB LPDDR4
- 16GB, 32GB, 64GB or 128GB eMMC flash
- 16MB SPI Flash
- M.2 PCIe 3.0 socket for NVMe 2242/2280 SSD
- SATA 3.0 bay for 2.5 inch drives up to 7 mm thick
- microSD card slot
- Video output – HDMI 2.0 port up to 4Kp60
- Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, digital audio output via HDMI 2.0 port
- 2 Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports
- Dual band 802.11ax (WiFi 6) and Bluetooth 5.0 (BLE)
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 port (up to 1A), 2x USB 2.0 ports (up to 500mA), 1x USB 2.0 OTG Type-C port
- Serial – 1x RJ45 control port with 1x RS485 and 2x RS232
- Miscellaneous – Power buttons, update button (accessible via 3.5mm audio jack)
- Power – 9V to 24V DC input via 5.5/2.1mm DC jack
- Power Consumption – Standby: 0.3 W, typ. : 4.2W, max. : 7.8W
- Dimensions – 141.5 x 119 x 34mm (industrial grade metal casing, aluminum alloy top cover, matte black and fanless design)
- Weight – 720 grams
- Temperature range – Operation: -20°C – 60°C; storage: -20°C – 70°C
- Humidity – 10% to 80%
EC-R3568PC Rugged Mini PC supports Android 11.0, Ubuntu 20.04, Station OS or minimal Linux image with Qt built with buildroot. If the specs look familiar, that’s because Firefly appears to have reused the same card found in the Station P2 mini PC. The main, and perhaps the only difference, is the rugged metal housing with fins and wall mounting openings which makes it more suitable for harsher environments. Somehow NPU performance has been rounded from 0.8 TOPS to 1 TOPS, unless a new CPU variant is used. Another potential difference is that the wide voltage input is not mentioned for Station P2, while the EC-R3568PC supports 9V to 24V input.
There is no wiki for the RK3568 EC-R3568PC Rugged Mini PC yet, but it will run the same software as Station P2, and you can find all the resources at P2 Wiki. the the product page has more details, but no pricing information yet. For reference, Firefly Station P2 is sold for $189 with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC flash, and I expect the EC-R3568PC to cost a few bucks more.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 on a part-time basis, before stepping down as Director of Software Engineering and starting writing daily news and reviews full-time later in 2011.