Sipeed Longan Pi 3H: Alternative to the Raspberry Pi with full-size ports

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Sipeed Longan Pi 3H: Single-board computer with multiple connectionsThe Longan Pi 3H is a new single-board computer in a compact form factor. However, the model comes with full connectivity – and a surprise. As an alternative to the Raspberry Pi Zero, how the SBC is used depends on the specific application.

Silvio Werner (translated by Jacob Fisher), Published 12/31/2023 🇩🇪

Sipeed is now offering a new single-board computer, the Longan Pi 3H. Strictly speaking, it is a carrier board on which a corresponding computing chip is attached. An Allwinner H618 is used as the SoC, which has four Cortex A53 cores with a clock frequency of 1.5 GHz each. For graphics processing, there is the Mali-G31 MP2 GPU. Depending on the configuration selected, the LPDDR4 RAM amounts to 2 or 4 GB. As is absolutely standard for such boards, a microSD card slot is available, and the Sipeed Longan Pi 3H can also be expanded by 32 GB of eMMC memory.

In terms of build. the system is roughly the same as the Raspberry Pi Zero, but higher. The connections come in their typical form. A Gigabit Ethernet port is installed, plus two USB 2.0 ports and one HDMI 2.0, meaning that high-resolution image content can be output. Power is usually supplied via USB Type C and therefore 5 volts.

Wireless connections are possible via WiFi 6, while Bluetooth 5.2 allows for the connection of an external headset. The pin header for connecting sensors and actuators is compatible with the Raspberry Pi and supports I2C, SPI and UART, among others. 

The model is now available for direct import at a starting price of just under $20, plus shipping costs. Delivery should be relatively quick and take place within twelve days.

Editor of the original article: Silvio Werner – Senior Tech Writer – 8920 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017

I have been active as a journalist for over 10 years, most of it in the field of technology. I worked for Tom’s Hardware and ComputerBase, among others, and have been working for Notebookcheck since 2017. My current focus is particularly on mini PCs and single-board computers such as the Raspberry Pi – so in other words, compact systems with a lot of potential. In addition, I have a soft spot for all kinds of wearables, especially smartwatches. My main profession is as a laboratory engineer, which is why neither scientific contexts nor the interpretation of complex measurements are foreign to me.

Translator: Jacob Fisher – Translator – 540 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2022

Growing up in regional Australia, I first became acquainted with computers in my early teens after a broken leg from a football (soccer) match temporarily condemned me to a predominately indoor lifestyle. Soon afterwards I was building my own systems. Now I live in Germany, having moved here in 2014, where I study philosophy and anthropology. I am particularly fascinated by how computer technology has fundamentally and dramatically reshaped human culture, and how it continues to do so.

Silvio Werner, 2023-12-31 (Update: 2023-12-31)


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