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Firefly-RK3399 Development Board Will Fly with Rockchip RK3399 Hexa-core Processor

November 25th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

ARM Cortex A72 class development boards are usually quite expensive, and cheaper boards like Mediatek X20 development board ($200) appears to be out of stock very often, and software support is limited to Android 6.0. But things look to improve soon, as T-Chip is about to release Firefly-RK3399 development board powered by Rockchip RK3399 hexa-core Cortex A72/A53 processor.

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Firefly-RK3399 (preliminary) specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3399 hexa-core bit.LITTLE processor with dual core Cortex A72 up to 2.0 GHz and quad core Cortex A53 processor with ARM Mali-T860MP4 GPU with OpenGL 1.1 to 3.0 support, OpenVG 1.1, OpenCL and DX 11.
  • System Memory – 2 to 4 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 16 to 32 GB eMMC flash + micro SD card
  • Video Output & Display Interfaces – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 Hz, eDP 1.2 interface, YUV interface, 1x MIPI DSI interface
  • Video Decode – 4K VP9 and 10-bit H.265 video codec support up to 60 fps
  • Audio – HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, optical S/PDIF, built-in microphone
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) port, WiFi and Bluetooth
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 3.0 type C port
  • Camera – 2x MIPI CSI interfaces
  • Debugging – 3-pin serial header
  • Expansion
    • GPIO female header
    • mini PCIe 2.1 M.2 slot
    • SIM card slot
  • Misc – RTC battery header; power, reset and recovery buttons; IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 12V DC
  • Dimensions and Weight – TBD

The board will support Android 6.0.1 and Ubuntu 16.04, and can achieve around 75,000 points in Antutu. I got all information above from the video embedded below.

There’s a WIP Wiki page for the board currently in Chinese only, based on support for their previous Firefly-RK3288 board, we should soon have pretty good documentation and software support in English.

What I don’t know is pricing, but T-chip is not one of the Chinese manufacturers trying to cut price with almost zero margin, which explains why they can provide decent support for their board. For reference Firefly-RK3288 board is selling in 2GB/16GB and 4GB/32GB configuration on GeekBuying for respectively $159.99 and $219.99, so I’d expect the new board to go for less than $200 / $250 based on the same configurations. The end of the video also gives the clue that the board will be launched on Kickstarter, I just don’t know exactly when.

Thanks to Nanik for the tip.

  1. nobe
    November 25th, 2016 at 17:35 | #1

    i wonder if they will be able to keep these prices for long
    now there is competition with remix io+ and mqmaker also has plans for miqi-2

    as for software support, i expect it to be good because rockchip devs have done a good job in mainlining the rk3399 soc

  2. davidlt
    November 25th, 2016 at 19:16 | #2

    It’s the same SOC that is Gru, Kevin (Samsung Chromebook Pro) and some other Chromebooks (e.g Bob). Gru/Kevin even boots with upstream kernel! There was a commit mentioning that a few days ago.

  3. Eversor
    November 25th, 2016 at 20:20 | #3

    This seems very expensive. I’ve been seeing discounted Haswell Asus mini PCs selling for close to $150 and a full tower is also cheaper/more flexible. The Remix IO+ seems more interesting. If only that gets proper Linux support… Android stuff isn’t really supported after a while.
    For people that just want an Android Box, the Shield TV is both cheaper and significantly faster – those A57s have similar performance due to high clock and memory bandwidth – and you get four.

  4. hex
    November 26th, 2016 at 02:18 | #4

    YEAAAA!!!
    boot-lınux

  5. haze
    November 26th, 2016 at 03:28 | #5
  6. Altaïr
    November 26th, 2016 at 04:54 | #6

    This rk3399 is really looking more & more like a joke, it was planned for Q3 2016 and there is still nothing. I was waiting it to buy a new android tv box, but i begin to think that investing in an nvidia shield tv would be a better choice.

  7. RK
    November 26th, 2016 at 21:19 | #7

    @Altaïr

    2016 q3 was for OEM availability. Last month’s exp already showed both reference designs and w.i.p OEM designs getting ready for mass production (laptops, tv boxes) which is a lot faster then the typical 3-6month to get out to market.

  8. Altaïr
    November 27th, 2016 at 03:02 | #8

    Hi RK, thanks for the comment, any release date for the first tv box ?

  9. Developer_x
    November 28th, 2016 at 08:17 | #9

    I get Firefly-RK3288 from Firefly website is cheaper than geekbuying,Firefly-RK3288 2GB/16GB is 129$,Firefly-RK3288 plus 4GB/32GB is 159$

    http://shop.t-firefly.com/

  10. Ahmed
    November 30th, 2016 at 22:31 | #10

    I want to see a tablet with this, including 4gb LPDDR4 ram, eMMc 5.1 storage a retina LCD and high-end specs on a budget tablet

  11. Developer_x
    December 5th, 2016 at 10:00 | #11

    I see the Firefly-RK3399 in kickstarter,it cost 139$ and 159$ for 2G/16GB,
    Firefly-RK3399 puls(4G/32GB) cost 199$

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1771382379/firefly-rk3399-six-core-64-bit-high-performance-pl?token=9e13310a

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