17 responses

  1. renw0rp
    July 17, 2013

    Looks really interesting but just if it has proper support. Would be nice to see quad core version

  2. Marius
    July 17, 2013

    Way to expensive for a dual core RK3066, for this price you can get a ODROID-U2 which has a quad core Samsung SOC so I don’t really get it.
    Sure, it’s good if you need a RK3066 dev platform but I’m afraid the RK3066 is already outdated and besides you can always get a TV stick for less than $40 and solder the UART stuff.

  3. SQ7MRU, Paweł
    July 17, 2013
  4. anon
    July 17, 2013

    Wet electrolytic capacitors?!? It’s 21st century, come on.

    And I spy, with my little eye, that there are linear regulators on it too.

    And worse yet, people should avoid those MediaTek WiFi/BT chipsets like a plague, nothing but trouble, and bad quality, let alone there is no FLOSS drivers for them in the Linux kernel.

  5. Borneo
    July 18, 2013

    If one were to remove the PC board from one of the existing box-type RK3188 (or RK3066) Android TV units, you’d have exactly (or more than) this. I have been offered RK3188 based units for as low as $40 in reasonable quantity. I don’t see how this board differentiates itself from existing products at far lower prices.

  6. Borneo
    July 18, 2013

    Sorry – a bit more: I second the caution relative to Linux on Rockchip devices. The state of Linux on the 3066 is gaining in robustness but the RK3188 state-of-the-art is far more fragile than articles on this and other sites have suggested. Chewing gum, duct tape and piano wire is the order of the day. Not something which is ready for prime time.

  7. hroth
    July 18, 2013

    But… it comes “with the board schematics, Android 4.1.1 SDK and Linux Kernel 3.x source code”.

    Does this include 3d Graphics Drivers and VPU Drivers? If so, sounds like more of a win…

  8. cnxsoft
    July 18, 2013

    @hroth
    For Android yes, but Linux 3D GPU and VPU drivers most probably don’t even exist.

  9. anon
    July 18, 2013

    @cnxsoft
    Too bad it looks like the limadriver has been stalled for quite a while now, so maybe it is not happening either, too bad, as for now the Olegk0′s rk30fb is the only real use method that actually works (good at that though, but is just an unaccelerated framebuffer after all) without any binary blobs.

    Hopefully ARM’s V500 will not be so NDA/DRM ridden… But likely is as bad as the rest of the HW video encode/decode blocks.

  10. Mikeloto
    July 18, 2013

    This is the internal board for a UG008 not developed by this company is developed by hotack http://www.hotack.cn/
    really can get by 40$ at ebay looking for UG008 and also I try to compile linux 3.0.8 and 3.0.36 get issues
    with the ethernet phy…..

    Cheers,
    Mike

  11. onebir
    July 19, 2013
  12. Mikeloto
    July 22, 2013

    @onebir
    Yes , I have a lot of them because are the same price than MK808B, etc but have good form factor and ethernet, now also comes without IR sensor, I’m on the way to compile 3.0.36 with eth phy support…. and MTK BT and wifi support.

  13. onebir
    July 22, 2013

    @Mikeloto
    It’d be great if you can get that working :)
    But where can you get them for $40? I looked on Aliexpress; the cheapest there is $60…

  14. SPBear
    July 26, 2013

    @onebir
    MK819 sells for ~$45 shipped on ebay and seems to the same same board as this waxberry and ug008

  15. Mikeloto
    July 30, 2013
  16. cnxsoft
    July 30, 2013

    @Mikeloto
    Including shipping: 66 AUD = 60 USD, it’s about the same price as on Aliexpress or DX.com

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