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MiQi Rockchip RK3288 Development Board using Raspberry Pi Form Factor to Sell for $35 and Up

Rockchip RK3288 processor may have launched in 2014, but it’s still one of the most powerful processor found in TV boxes for example, and in the past we’ve seen higher end board based on the processor such as Firefly-RK3288 or Radxa Rock 2 Square selling for well above $100. But MQMaker, the company that previously made WiTi router board, is bringing a smaller and cheaper RK3288 development board with MiQi, which definitely looks similar to the Raspberry Pi.

MiQi_Board

MiQi board specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip 3288 quad core ARM Cortex A17 up to 1.8 GHz with Mali-T764 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 /3.0, and OpenCL 1.1
  • System Memory – 1 or 2G DDR3 depending on model
  • Storage – 8 or 32 GB eMMC flash depending on model + micro SD slot
  • Video & Audio output – HDMI 2.0 up to 3840×[email protected]
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB port
  • Debugging – Serial console header
  • Expansion Headers – 16-pin header, and 12-pin header but details are not known.
  • Misc – Button, unpopulated fan header
  • Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port
  • Dimensions – 85 x 56 cm (PCB)
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The board currently dual boots Android 5.1 and Lubuntu 14.04 from the eMMC flash, and while my sample came without heatsink, the final version will include a heatsink to ensure performance is stable even with higher loads. The firmware can already be downloaded, and the Linux 3.10 source code for the board is on github.MiQiI’ve got sample #2, cool! But less cool is that I’ve not been able to boot it with a 5V/2A power supply connected to the board. I’m investigating. Using another power supply, and the board automatically booted Lubuntu just fine.

RK3288_Raspberry_Pi

There will be two version of the board: one with 1GB RAM & 8GB storage for $35, and the other with 2GB RAM & 32GB flash for $69 to be launched on Indiegogo later on. You can find some more information in the forum announcement and comments.

  1. R. D.
    April 18th, 2016 at 18:07 | #1

    Looking forward to the exposition of these boards.

  2. GunterO
    April 18th, 2016 at 18:15 | #2

    “and the other with 2GB RAM & 32GHz”
    I think you mean 32GB, otherwise it would be a killer machine for sure 🙂

  3. Pedantic Pete
    April 18th, 2016 at 18:15 | #3

    32GHz flash sounds amazing for $69

  4. Gabe
    April 18th, 2016 at 18:45 | #4

    Can you cook and egg on it?

  5. Karl Johnson
    April 18th, 2016 at 21:19 | #6

    this looks promising if the software can match the hardware

  6. Manuel
    April 18th, 2016 at 21:24 | #7

    With a old 3.10 kernel?

    Thanks, no.

  7. ade
    April 18th, 2016 at 23:12 | #8

    3.10 ? Has it been patched to protect against serious exploits such as http://perception-point.io/2016/01/14/analysis-and-exploitation-of-a-linux-kernel-vulnerability-cve-2016-0728/ ?

  8. Justin
    April 18th, 2016 at 23:13 | #9

    ARM actually has drivers for for the Mali-76x with OpenCL support.

    http://malideveloper.arm.com/resources/drivers/arm-mali-midgard-gpu-user-space-drivers/

    Besides only having GLES support are there any other caveats? The kernel driver part of the Mali driver is open source so I believe that this means it could work on the mainline kernel too. I don’t know the status of the mainline kernel for the RK-3288. I’m probably missing something because there doesn’t seem to be a way to escape the madness of lack of proper GPU driver support on ARM.

  9. nobe
    April 19th, 2016 at 00:01 | #10

    @ade
    3.10 is a LTS kernel and its EOL is oct 2017 https://kernel.org/category/releases.html
    so bugfixes are still backported but… is the 3.10 kernel used for this board up-to-date ? i doubt it is (i might be wrong though, didn’t check)

    also, if i remember correctly, i think android kernel is based on 3.10. that would explain why it is still used

  10. April 19th, 2016 at 00:44 | #11

    @Manuel
    Linux version 4.6.0-rc1+ ([email protected]) (gcc version 4.6.x-google 20120106 (prerelease) (GCC) ) #9 SMP Sat Apr 16 11:08:39 EEST 2016

    http://p.fail.pp.ua/Jo1OIa9R

  11. Jon Smirl
    April 19th, 2016 at 03:22 | #12

    Anyone know a current price for the RK3288 SOC? It used to be expensive but if you can build a $35 board with it, it must be a lot cheaper now.

  12. dvl36
    April 19th, 2016 at 04:12 | #13

    > Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port

    No way.

  13. April 19th, 2016 at 09:07 | #14

    @dvl36
    I did have to try different power supply and cables to make it boot.

  14. Jon Smirl
    April 19th, 2016 at 11:42 | #15

    Lot’s of good RK3288 info here.
    http://wiki.t-firefly.com/index.php/Firefly-RK3288/en

  15. dvl36
    April 19th, 2016 at 17:34 | #16

    @cnxsoft
    Even power requirements of four USB ports more than micro USB connector can pass without significant voltage drop.

  16. jeroen
    April 20th, 2016 at 01:27 | #17

    Would be intresting to see how this compeats against the C2

  17. roel
    April 20th, 2016 at 02:48 | #18

    hopefully shipping is reasonable.
    I2S as there is no audio jack on the board?

  18. data
    April 20th, 2016 at 03:29 | #19

    would be really awesome IF the 4 I2S output pair pins (for 8 channel output) of the SOC would be routed (accessible) to some pads

  19. dvl36
    April 20th, 2016 at 06:45 | #20

    @jeroen
    Properly heatsinked it should leave Odroid C2 far behind.
    But micro USB power connector…

  20. April 20th, 2016 at 14:37 | #21
  21. Jay
    April 21st, 2016 at 15:03 | #22

    This is nice, at the price.

    Am not able to see any Wi-Fi chip, let alone an antenna provision. I take it there’s none on-board?

  22. xxx
    April 23rd, 2016 at 16:56 | #23

    When it will be on the market?

  23. No sh#t
    April 24th, 2016 at 17:11 | #24

    @Gabe
    No you need a Raspberry 3, ideal for boiling cup of coffee, running a 360p video for 3 mins soon gets the burning finger effect.

    Now remember children always ask a responsible adult before cooking with your Raspberry

  24. May 12th, 2016 at 23:35 | #25
  25. amea fabien
    July 6th, 2016 at 22:19 | #26

    Hi
    Please,I need the FLASH FILE for stmartphone MIQI :modelT4

  26. September 14th, 2016 at 04:39 | #27
  27. September 26th, 2016 at 19:59 | #28
  28. Gabe
    September 26th, 2016 at 20:23 | #29

    @cnxsoft
    Shipping seems expensive( $20).

  29. tkaiser
    February 21st, 2017 at 05:48 | #30
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