Mixtile Blade 3 is a stackable single board PC with RK3588 processor, support cluster computing (crowdfunding)
the Mixed blade 3 is a single-board computer with a Rockchip RK3588 processor at its core, a Pico-ITX form factor, and a design that lets you stack multiple boards on top of each other to create a cluster.
The starting price is for a card with 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of eMMC storage and a heatsink. You can also pay $259 for a more capable version of the card with 16GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
The card can apparently support up to 32GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, though it’s unclear if and when you’ll be able to buy configurations with those maximum specs.
Each board features Rockchip’s RK3588 processor with four ARM Cortex-A767 processor cores, four ARM Cortex-A55 cores, Mali-G610 graphics, and a neural processing unit with up to 6 TOPs of performance.
The boards also have:
- 2 x 2.5 Gbps Ethernet ports
- 1 HDMI 2.1 port
- 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports
- 1 microSD card reader
- 1 x mini PCIe Gen 2 / USB 2.0 interface
- 1 x U.2 interface (with PCIe Gen 3 x4 and SATA 3.0 support)
- 1 x 30-pin GPIO expansion header
- 1 MIPI-CSI connector
Although you can use a single Mixtile Blade 3 as a standalone computer measuring just 100 x 72mm (3.9″ x 2.8″), what really makes the device special is its stackable design and grip. cluster computing load. Just run a cable from the onboard PCIe Gen 3 edge connector from one Blade 3 to another and you get twice the processing cores, ports and everything else.
The hardware supports network speeds of up to 20 GB/s, memory bandwidth of up to 136 GB/s, and a compact, power-efficient design. According to the crowdfunding page, you can create a cluster with up to 75 boards to create a 600-core computer that draws less than 1500 watts of power.
There’s also an optional four-node cluster box available for $239 which is basically an enclosure that makes it easy to create a cluster of up to four Mixtile Blade 3 units in a small enclosure, but you’ll have to pay for those computers separately. Blade 3. as they are not included in this price.
The boards come with Android 12 software, with a custom version of the Debian 11 GNU/Linux distribution preloaded in a container, and source code and SDKs are available for Buildroot and Yocto.