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ASUS Tinker Board

Web ID: 21563

Tinker board is a single-board computer in an ultra-small form factor that offers class-leading performance while leveraging outstanding mechanical compatibility. The tinker board offers makers, IoT enthusiasts, hobbyists, PC DIY enthusiasts and others a reliable and extremely capable platform for building and tinkering ideas into reality. ONLY WHILE STOCKS LAST!
Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year
Manufacturer PN: TINKER
GTIN: 889349552872
Manufacturer Website

tinker your way to the future

asus tinker board

Tinker board is a single-board computer in an ultra-small form factor that offers class-leading performance while leveraging outstanding mechanical compatibility. The tinker board offers makers, IoT enthusiasts, hobbyists, PC DIY enthusiasts and others a reliable and extremely capable platform for building and tinkering ideas into reality.

Micro USB



HD Audio





Upgradable i-PEX antenna header

802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi &
Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR

40-pins GPIO header

USB 2.0 Ports

Features & Functionality

Class Leading Performance

Using a powerful and modern quad-core ARM-based processor, the Rockchip RK3288, tinker board offers significantly improved performance, versus other popular SBC boards. Realizing the growing demands of different builds and projects, the tinker board features up to 2GB of LPDDR3 dual-channel memory. Tinker board is also equipped with an SDIO 3.0 interface that offers significantly faster read and write speeds to expandable microSD cards used for the OS, applications and file storage.

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Robust GPU Performance & Functionality

Featuring a powerful but energy-efficient design, the tinker board supports next-generation graphics and GPU Compute API's. Powered by an ARM-based Mali T764 GPU, the tinker board's GPU and fixed function processors allow for a wide range of uses, including high-quality media playback, gaming, computer vision, gesture recognition, image stabilization and processing, as well as computational photography and more. Multimedia enthusiasts will appreciate the fixed-function H.264 and H.265 playback support, including playback of HD and UHD video*.

*HD & UHD video playback at 30 fps is currently only possible via the Rockchip video player, which is limited to support under TinkerOS. Currently, third-party video players and applications may not offer hardware acceleration and may likewise offer limited playback performance and/or stability. Please refer to the FAQs for more information.

HD Audio Quality

Further improving on key areas found lacking on many SBC boards, tinker board is equipped with an HD codec that supports up to 192kHz/24-bit audio. The audio jack can support both audio output and a microphone in, without an extension module

Maker-Friendly, with IoT Connectivity

Tinker board features standard maker and hobbyist connectivity options, including a 40-pin GPIO interface. Additionally, it comes equipped with two HD MIPI connections allowing for HD displays and HD cameras. For those interested in network centric or LAN storage they will appreciate that Tinker board features Gbit LAN, which offers superior throughput when compared to traditional 10/100 Ethernet controllers. Furthermore, tinker board's LAN port offers a non-shared bus design which helps to maximize and stabilize throughput, ensuring outstanding concurrent LAN and other onboard bus performance. Tinker board's network connectivity is aided by the inclusion of an integrated shield Wi-Fi and Bluetooth controller, which ensures a reduction in interference and improved radio performance. Enthusiasts will also appreciate the IPEX antenna header that allows for upgrades to the onboard antenna.
Rounding out its connection options, tinker board also features a full-size HDMI output for connection to TVs, monitors and other HDMI-enabled displays, as well as four USB 2.0 ports for extensive peripheral and accessory connectivity.

Enhanced DIY Design

Careful consideration went into the design and development of the tinker board to provide a superior end user experience for first-time builders or experienced hobbyists. Makers will appreciate the improved visibility and clarity of the color-coded GPIO header that allows for quick and easy recognition of respective pin headers. The tinker board's PCB dimensions and topology also mirror standard SBC boards that allow support for a wide range of chassis and physical accessories.
The PCB also features silk-screening with connection header and location callouts, for improved connection clarity. Onboard MIPI headers also feature contrasting colored pull tabs. Tinker board also includes a heatsink, which helps improve heat dissipation under heavy loading or in hot ambient environments.


Getting started


.1 x Micro SD card with at least 8GB capacity
.1 x Micro USB cable and a 5V/2~2.5A USB power adapter with LPS marking
.1 x Monitor with HDMI cable
.1 x Keyboard and Mouse set
Note: To enhance the system stability, using high-speed SD card (Class 10 or above) is highly recommended.


  • For Linux
  • For Windows

1. Insert the microSD card into a Linux PC.
2. Rename the image to output.img and then put the file into the FlashUSB folder.
3. Execute FlashUSB.sh
Select the disk you want to flash:
sdc  -Multiple_Flash_Reader_058F63616476-0:1
sdb  -Generic-_Compact_Flash_058F63616476-0:0
Enter the number:0
dd if=/home/yihsin/Rockchip/aa7-demo/out/target/output.img of=/dev/sdc seek=0 bs=16M conv=notrunc
flash start!
flash end!
Insert the microSD card into the slot on the tinker board.
Connect the power supply, keyboard, mouse and your monitor. Now boot it up!



A Debian-based distribution ensures a smooth and functional experience, directly out of the box. Whether it's browsing the web, watching videos, or writing scripts, TinkerOS is a great starting point for your next project or build.


  • Power Supply
  • USB
  • GPIO

One powerful feature of the tinker board is the row of available GPIO (general purpose input/output) pins along the edge of the board. These pins are a physical interface between the tinker board and the outside world. At the simplest level, you can think of them as switches that can be turned on or off. Of the 40 pins, 28 are GPIO pins (shared with SPI/UART/I2C pins). The tinker board is equipped with one SPI bus that offers two chip selects. The SPI bus is available on the onboard 40-pin header.

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  • TinkerOS
  • Schematics
  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Drawing
  • QVL
  • FAQ

Note: TinkerOS default username is ”linaro” ; password is “linaro”



Python is a programming language that lets you work quickly and integrate systems more effectively.

1. Open a terminal and Install dependency package.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python-dev python3-dev

2. Download Python GPIO library

3. Unzip GPIO_API_for_Python.zip and navigate to folder
unzip GPIO_API_for_Python.zip
cd GPIO_API_for_Python/

  4. Install Python GPIO library for tinker board
sudo python setup.py install
sudo python3 setup.py install 

5. Reference codes
There're few sample codes under this folder
add_event_callback.py (add_event_detect function for input GPIO)
btc.py (unit test for all functions of GPIO)
forloop.py (pull high all GPIO and then pull down all GPIO)
pwm.py (Software PWM function test)
pwm_input.py (Software PWM function test by raw_input)


C is a general-purpose, imperative computer programming language, supporting structured programming, lexical variable scope and recursion, while a static type system prevents many unintended operations.

1. Open a terminal and download C GPIO library
wget https://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/Linux/Tinker_Board_2GB/GPIO_API_for_C.zip

2. Unzip GPIO_API_for_C.zip and navigate to folder
unzip GPIO_API_for_C.zip
cd GPIO_API_for_C/

3. Install C GPIO library for tinker board
sudo chmod +x build
sudo ./build

4. Check install success or not
gpio -v
gpio readall

5. Reference codes
There're few sample codes under this folder /GPIO_API_for_C/wiringpitest or /GPIO_API_for_C/examples

GPIO pinout

If you would like to control GPIO's SPI, I2C or serial(UART) with Python, it is recommend to use 3rd party or open source Python library, such as spidev, smbus2 or pySerial.
Pinout Physical Pin
Pinout GPIO.Setmode
  1 VCC3.3V_IO 12 VCC5V_SYS 2  
252 3 GP8A4_I2C1_SDA 34 VCC5V_SYS 4  
253 5 GP8A5_I2C1_SCL 56 GND 6  
17 7 GP0C1_CLKOUT 78 GP5B1_UART1TX 8 161
  9 GND 910 GP5B0_UART1RX 10 160
164 11 GP5B4_SPI0CLK_UART4CTSN 1112 GP6A0_PCM/I2S_CLK 12 184
166 13 GP5B6_SPI0_TXD_UART4TX 1314 GND 14  
167 15 GP5B7_SPI0_RXD_UART4RX 1516 GP5B2_UART1CTSN 16 162
  17 VCC33_IO 1718 GP5B3_UART1RTSN 18 163
257 19 GP8B1_SPI2TXD 1920 GND 20  
256 21 GP8B0_SPI2RXD 2122 GP5C3 22 171
254 23 GP8A6_SPI2CLK 2324 GP8A7_SPI2CSN0 24 255
  25 GND 2526 GP8A3_SPI2CSN1 26 251
233 27 GP7C1_I2C4_SDA 2728 GP7C2_I2C4_SCL 28 234
165 29 GP5B5_SPI0CSN0_UART4RTSN 2930 GND 30  
168 31 GP5C0_SPI0CSN1 3132 GP7C7_UART2TX_PWM3 32 239
238 33 GP7C6_UART2RX_PWM2 3334 GND 34  
185 35 GP6A1_PCM/I2S_FS 3536 GP7A7_UART3RX 36 223
224 37 GP7B0_UART3TX 3738 GP6A3_PCM/I2S_SDI 38 187
  39 GND 3940 GP6A4_PCM/I2S_SDO 40 188
  • CPU

    Rockchip Quad-Core RK3288 processor

  • Memory

    2GB Dual Channel DDR3

  • Graphic

    Integrated Graphics Processor 

    ARM® Mali™-T764 GPU*1

  • Storage

    Micro SD(TF) card slot

  • LAN


  • Wireless Data Network

    802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0 + EDR

  • Audio


  • USB Ports

    4 x USB 2.0

  • Internal I/O Ports

    1 x 40-pin header :
    - up to 28 x GPIO pins
    - up to 2 x SPI bus
    - up to 2 x I2C bus
    - up to 4 x UART
    - up to 2 x PWM
    - up to 1 x PCM/I2S
    - 2 x 5V power pins
    - 2 x 3.3V power pins
    - 8 x ground pins
    1 x 2-pin contact pin :
    - 1 x PWM
    - 1 x S/PDIF
    1 x 15-pin MIPI DSI
    1 x 15-pin MIPI CSI

  • Accessories

    Passive heatsink*2
    User manual

  • Weight


  • Note

    *1. The ARM® Quad-Core Mali GPU supports max. resolution of 4K@30hz (up-scaled from 1080P) with H.264/H.265 hardware decoder (update coming soon).
    *2. Do not touch the SoC or heatsink surface directly to prevent possible burn injury.