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Freescale i.MX6 Development Boards (Wandboard, Cubox-i and HummingBoard) Get Android Kitkat Firmware and SDK

August 20th, 2014 2 comments

Several Freescale i.MX6 development boards have gotten a KitKat treat this month with the release of Android 4.4 firmware and SDK. The boards involved include Wandboard Solo/Dual/Quad, as well as Solidrun Cubox-i boards, and the Raspberry Pi like HummingBoard.

Wandboard_Android_4.4Thanks to the “magic” of device tree, a single firmware image is now provided for all the boards provided by a given company.

For Wandboard Solo, Dual, and Quad:

For CuBox-i and HummingBoard:

Thanks to … Harley!

List of Rockchip RK3288 Android TV Boxes So Far

June 25th, 2014 62 comments

In the previous years, you’d normally learn about new devices as they get listed on Alibaba or Aliexpress, and that’s how I built my – now very incomplete – list of Rockchip RK3188 based devices. But now companies seem to be anxious to let people know about their new devices even before they hit the market, and albeit I’ve been told full production of Rokchip RK3288 powered Android TV boxes is only planned by the end of July, many companies are already showing off their new devices, even though only the PCBA may be ready, or in development.

Rockchip_RK3288_Android_TV_BoxLet’s go through the list of Rockchip RK3288 quad core Cortex A17 media devices that’s known (to me) so far:

  • No brand D368 – HDMI 1.4 TV dongle with 1 or 2 GB RAM, 4, 8 or 16 GB flash, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac + (optional) Bluetooth, and 2x USB host ports.
  • No brand B368 – TV box with 2GB RAM, 8GB flash, GbE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth, 2x USB host ports, and HDMI 1.4 and AV outputs.
  • Ugoos UM3 – TV box with 2GB RAM (1GB as option), 8 GB flash (16/32GB as option), Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0, 3x USB host ports, and HDMI 2.0
  • Ugoos UT3 – Same as Ugoos UM3, but with 16GB flash by default (option up to 64GB), and adds Gb Ethernet, and HDMI 1.4 input.
  • Rikomagic MK902 II – TV box with 2GB RAM, 8 or 16 GB flash, GbE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth 4.0, 3x USB host ports, and HDMI and AV outputs.
  • Zero Devices Z6C – TV box with 2GB RAM, 16 GB flash, GbE, “Broadcom Wi-Fi”, and Bluetooth 4.0, 3x USB host ports, and HDMI output.
  • Kingnovel K-R68 – TV box with 2GB RAM, 8 GB flash (16/32Gb as option), GbE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0, 2x USB host ports, and HDMI 2.0 and AV outputs. (Bottom right of the picture above)
  • MINIX NEO X9 – TV box (rumor)
  • Sunchip CX-920 and CX-998 – Respectively HDMI TV stick and TV box.
  • No brand GK388 ($99.99) – TV box with 2GB RAM, 8GB flash, GbE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0, 2x USB host ports, and HDMI 1.4 output.
  • Eny Technology EKB328 – TV box with 2GB RAM, 8GB flash, GbE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0, 2x USB host ports, and HDMI 1.4 output.
  • Artway Q8 – TV box with 2GB RAM, 8GB flash (16GB as option), GbE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0, 2x USB host ports, and HDMI 1.4a and AV outputs.
  • PMD OEM Box – TV box with 2GB RAM, 8GB eMMC flash (16GB as option), 10/100M Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, 3x USB host ports, and HDMI 1.4a and AV outputs. It also comes with a built-in 2MP camera.
  • Starlead Q8 aka Neken M9 – TV box with 2GB RAM, 8GB or 16GB flash, GbE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0, 2x USB host ports, and HDMI 1.4a and AV outputs.
  • CS928 / OTT928 ($114 to $120 – Added 27/6) – TV box with 2GB RAM, 8GB or 16GB flash, GbE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0, 3x USB host ports, and HDMI and AV outputs. It also comes with a built-in 5MP camera.
  • CloudnetGo CR12 ($149 – Added 27/6) – TV box with 2GB RAM, 8GB or 16GB flash, GbE, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, 2x USB host ports, and HDMI and AV outputs. It also comes with a built-in 2MP camera.
  • CloudnetGo CR16 (Added 03/7) – TV box with 2 GB RAM, 8GB or 16GB flash, GbE, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, 3x USB host ports, and HDMI, AV and VGA outputs.
  • MK903V ($122 – Added 02/9) – HDMI Stick with 2 GB RAM, 8GB NAND flash, dual band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, 1x USB host port, and HDMI output.
  • Nagrace NT-V6 ($129 and up – Added 02/9) – TV boxes with 2 to 4 GB RAM, 8GB, 16GB or 32GB eMMC flash, GbE, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth 4.0, 3x USB host ports, and HDMI and AV outputs.
  • Tronsmart Orion R28 ($99 and up – Added 02/9) – TV boxes (3 models) with 2 to 4 GB RAM, 8GB, 16GB or 32GB eMMC flash, GbE, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth 4.0, 3x USB host ports, and HDMI and AV outputs.
  • Uyesee G1H (Added 02/9) – TV box with 1 to 2 GB RAM, 8 to 16GB eMMC flash, GbE, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0, 3x USB host ports, and HDMI and AV outputs.

No prices are currently available, at least from reliable sellers, except for GK388 which is sold for $99.99 on Aliexpress by a seller with lots of positive ratings. But when I try to chat to now inquire about, it seems I was replied in less than a second, most probably by a chat bot, saying “you would get your parcel soon because I am processing your order now ,so we have no time to talk to you” :). Anyway with all these companies launching RK3288 mini PCs, prices are likely to be very competitive.

All the boxes appears to support both 802.11 b/g/n and 802.11ac and Gigabit Ethernet, except one. From this list the box with the highest specifications seem to be Ugoos UT3 as it features HDMI 2.0 output and HDMI 1.4 input, and a version may be sold with up to 64GB flash. There’s no way I can guarantee the specs are correct, but there are still a lot of boxes that list HDMI 1.4, and not HDMI 2.0, and it’s something you’ll have to check before purchasing one, although it is only important if you have, or plan to buy, a 4K TV, and need 60 fps. I have listed all details of the specs such as micro USB OTG, and optical S/PDIF both of which can be found in most full sized Android TV boxes listed above, and all are said to run Android 4.4 Kitkat.

Giveaway Week – Beelink A9 Quad Core Android TV Box

June 20th, 2014 117 comments

Beelink A9, the same hardware as Tronsmart A928, will be the fifth box given away this week, and the only quad core device. This Android media player is powered by Rockchip RK3188-T Cortex A9 processor, and comes with 2GB RAM, 8GB eMMC Flash, HDMI video output, optical S/PDIF output, Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and three USB ports.

Beelink A9 and Accessories

Beelink A9 and Accessories

What got me interested in this device was the released of Android 4.4 SDK, which turned out not to be that useful based on feedback from the community. Nevertheless I got the device and reviewed it last December. I found two critical issues with the firmware: Bluetooth not working, and mediocre Ethernet performance. Apart from that, the firmware was very stable, Wi-Fi performance decent, and features I tested worked as expected. Firmware updates are infrequent. The latest official version dates from January, and there’s a finless one with a 1080p kernel and 1.6GHz overclock in March.

To enter the draw simply leave a comment below.

Other rules are as follows:

  • Only one entry per contest. I will filter out entries with the same IP and/or email address.
  • Contests are open for 48 hours starting at 10am (Bangkok time) every day. Comments will be closed after 48 hours.
  • Winners will be selected with random.org
  • I’ll contact the winners by email or Facebook, and I’ll expect an answer within 24 hours, or I’ll pick another one.
  • Shipping
    • Free for winners with a shipping address in Thailand
    • Flat fee of $17 for the rest of the world payable via Paypal within 48 hours once the contest is complete, or I’ll pick another winner.
  • I’ll post all 8 prizes at the same time, so around the 25th of June, using Airmail (Small Packet) with tracking.
  • I’ll make sure we have 8 different winners, so if you have already won a device during this week giveaway, I’ll draw another person.

Good luck!

It’s possible to purchase Beelink A9 on Aliexpress for $84 and up or DealExtreme for $99.99, otherwise you can purchase Tronsmart A928 with an Air mouse for $94.99 on GeekBuying.

Geniatech Announces Dragon Board Industrial SBCs Powered by Amlogic Dual and Quad Core Processors

June 19th, 2014 2 comments

Not to be confused these DragonBoards, Geniatech has announced two industrial single board boards, namely Dragon Board I and Dragon Board II, respectively powered by Amlogic AML8726-MX dual core Cortex A9 SOC, and S801/S802/M805 quad core Cortex A9r4 SoC, and targeting applications such as digital signage player, and display applications for the hospitality industry.

Dragon Board II

Dragon Board II

Let’s go through the specifications of both boards:

  • SoC
    • Dragon Board I (DB I) – Amlogic AML8726-MX dual core ARM Cortex A9 @ 1.5GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU
    • Dragon Board II (DB II) – Amlogic S802 quad core ARM Cortex A9r4 @ 2GHz with Mali-450MP6 GPU
  • System Memory
    • DB I – 1GB (1600Mbps data rate)
    • DB II – 2GB (1600Mbps data rate)
  • Storage – 4GB NAND flash (up to 32GB as option), micro SD card slot, SATA interface
  • Video I/O
    • Common – HDMI output, LVDS, and CVBS.
    • DB I only – VGA
    • DB II only – HDMI input  and MIPI interface
  • Audio I/O – 3.5mm headphone jack and microphone jack, CVBS, and HDMI. speakers header.
  • Connectivity – 0/100Mbps Ethernet (RJ45)
  • USB – 2x full size USB ports, 1x USB OTG header, 1x USB header for touch panel
  • Serial – 1x 4-pin serial port , 1x DB9 RS232
  • Debugging – 4-pin serial port, JTAG
  • Expansion Headers – 30-pin header for USB, ADC, I2C (TP), GPIO interface
  • Expansion slot – mini PCIe, optional SIM card slot
  • Misc – IR sensor, 4x LEDs, 5V for fan (and +12V for DB II), 5V buzzer, 1x reset button, 1x power button (DB II only)
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A
  • Dimensions – DB I: 80*170mm; DB II: 107.7×176 mm
Dragon_Board_I

Dragon Board I Ports Description (Click to Enlarge)

The company can provide support for Android 4.2 and embedded Linux for both boards. Documentation seems a bit messy and at time inaccurate, and they mention Dragon Board is limited to 1080p, but with S802 is nearly certain they do support 4K30, and that’s what they confirmed at Computex 2014 (see ARMFlix video below). It’s also possible Dragon Board II supports Android 4.4, and not Android 4.2, as I’ve only seen Android 4.4 for devices based on Amlogic S802.

The boards appear to be available now, but the company did not disclose princing. Further more or less accurate details can be found on Geniatech’s Dragon Board page, and especially in the download section where you can download the product briefs.

CS918T Quad core Android TV Box with HD Webcam Sells for $60

June 18th, 2014 9 comments

CS918T is an Android TV Box powered by Rockchip RK3188 quad core SoC with the usual 2GB RAM, 8GB Flash, and various ports such as HDMI, USB, Ethernet, etc… that also features a 2MP webcam, and sells for just $59.99 including shipping on Aliexpress. The box does not appear to be related to CS918 / KR-42-1 that was popular a few months ago.
CS918T_RK3188_Webcam
CS918T technical specs:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3188 Quad core ARM Cortex A9 processor @ 1.6GHz with Mali-400MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB NAND Flash + micro SD slot up to 32GB
  • Video Output – HDMI up to 1080p60, AV output
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, AV, and microphone
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 3.0
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB OTG
  • Camera – Built-in 2MP webcam
  • Misc – Power and reset buttons, IR receiver.
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 95.5×59.5×11 mm
  • Weight – 125 grams

CS918T_Remote_PortsThis mini PC runs Android 4.4 with Google Play, and comes with a 5V/2A power adapter, a micro USB adapter / cable, HDMI and AV cables, an IR remote control, and a user’s manual in English.

There does not seem to be a system to install the device on top of the TV, but at $60, it looks much better value than camera enabled quad core mini PCs like Jesurun NX003II, or Tronsmart NX. CS918T is actually $30 to $40 cheaper than these, and I thought the seller on Aliexpress may not have made a pricing mistake, but I could find it on Ebay for $67, so the price seems plausible.

Thanks to Gabe for the tip.

Soap is a Touchscreen Enabled Router Supporting Gigabit Ethernet and Lots of Wireless Standards (Crowdfunding)

June 12th, 2014 2 comments

Soap is a strange creature, and I’m not convinced there are that many use cases for such hardware, but I find it interesting that the developers decided to pack a Freescale i.MX6 Solo/Dual or Quad SoC powered Android 4.4 tablet and a router supporting five Gigabit Etherner ports, as well as WiFI 802.11ac, Wi-0Fi 802.11 b/g/n,  Zigbee, Z-wave, Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE), Insteon RF, X10, 433Mhz, NFC, and infrared into one and only device which they call an “Intelligent Home Management Hub”.  It’s also complete with an HDMI output port so that you can use it as a media player.

Soap_Router_Tablet_Automation_Gateway_STB

Let’s go through the specifications for the four version this little monster (Soap Solo, Soap Dual, Soap Quad, and Soap 8.4):

  • SoC
    • Soap Solo – Freescale i.MX6 Solo single ARM Cortex A9 @ 1 GHz with Vivante GC880 3D GPU
    • Soap Dual – Freescale i.MX6 Dual dual ARM Cortex A9 @ 1 GHz with Vivante GC2000 3D GPU
    • Soap Quad and 8.4 – Freescale i.MX6 Quad quad ARM Cortex A9 @ 1 GHz with Vivante GC2000 3D GPU
  • System Memory – Soap Solo: 1GB DDR3 @ 1066MHz, Others: 2GB DDR3 @ 1066MHz
  • Storage
    • Soap Solo – 8GB internal storage,
    • Soap Dual and Quad – 32GB internal storage
    • Soap 8.4 – 32 GB internal storage, and 128GB SSD
    • All – Internal micro SD card slot and SATA II connections
  • Display
    • Soap Solo/Dual/Quad – 7″ TFT LCD display; SVGA resolution (800×600)
    • Soap 8.4 – 8.4 TFTP LCD display; SVGA resolution (800×600)
  • Connectivity – 1x WAN Eternet port, 4x LAN Ethernet ports, 4 SMA antenna ports for a dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi 4×4 MIMO module (Up to 1.3 Gb/s), and a dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi module. Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Zigbee, Z-Wave, Insteon RF, X10 RF, 433MHz RF and NFC
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI
  • Misc – Infrared sensor
Android and iOS Apps are Available for Soap Routers

Android and iOS Apps are Available for Soap Routers

The Freescale i.MX6 is brought to the device via Congatec SoM, probably their conga-qmx6 Q7 modules. Beside the Android kitkat tablet, router, home automation, and media player applications possible with this device, the developers are also promoting the device for its parental control abilities, controlling when you kids can play games by the touch of a button, preventing them to access not-safe-for-kids websites, and so on.

The project is now on Indiegogo (Fixed funding) where Soap’s designers plan to gather $42.000 or more to start production. Soap Solo starts at $240, Soap Dual at $280, Soap Quad at $360, and the most expensive option, Soap 8.4, will go for $500. Shipping to North America is $6, and $35 for the rest of the world. Delivered is scheduled for February 2015. Please note it’s not the first time the project is crowd-funded, as it was on KickStarter last March with perks at a much lower price point.

Via Hack a Day

MyGica ATV582 Enjoy TV Box Powered by Amlogic S802 Is Now Available for $139

June 12th, 2014 No comments

Geniatech has historically been the company which first delivered set-top box and media player solutions based on Amlogic processors. I’m not sure it’s still the case with Amlogic S802 and other S80x SoCs, as other companies appear to have released their products first such as Tronsmart Vega S89 and M8 Android TV boxes, but Geniatech ATV582 based on Amlogic S802 quad core processor has been available since April under the company’s retail brand Mygica.

Mygica_ATV582Mygica ATV582 specifications:

  • SoC – AMLogic S802 quad core Cortex A9r4 processor @ 2GHz with Mali‐450MP6 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB NAND flash + micro SD card slot
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Wi‐Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI, AV. HDMI supports 1080p, 4K2K 30fps
  • Video Codecs and Containers – MPEG1/2/4, H.264, AVC, VC‐1, RM/RMVB, Xvid, DivX3/4/5/6, RealVideo8/9/10…
  • Audio – MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, OGG, AC3, DDP, TrueHD, DTS, DTS HD, FLAC, APE…
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – Net and two status LEDs, IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 100 x 100 x 15 mm
  • Weight – 160 grams

The device runs Android 4.4, and comes with an HDMI cable, a user’s manual, a power adapter, and an IR remote control. You’ll notice does not quite have all the feature of most other S802 boxes, as BlueTooth and optical S/PDIF are missing, and there’s only 1GB RAM. Based on that video, the device also comes pre-installed with XBMC, and the same Metro-like user’s interface.

MyGica_Remote_ControlThe infrared remote has a mouse function (probably frustrating to use), as well as Netflix, XBMC, Google Play buttons that I’ve never seen on remotes. It looks like it can be used as a universal remote for your TV as some buttons (Power, Vol +/-, AT/AV) are reserved for that.

MyGica ATV582 can be purchased on Mygica Aliexpress store for $139 including shipping. That’s about $40 more than other entry level media players based on Amlogic S802. More information may also be available on Mygica ATV582 page.

Thanks to Harley for the tip.

Google Unveils Project Tango Tablet Development Kit Powered by Nvidia Tegra K1 SoC

June 6th, 2014 No comments

Earlier this year, Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Products) showcased project tango phone prototype, capable of generating 3D maps in real-time thanks to cameras, motion sensors, and two Movidius Myriad 1 Mobile Vision processors paired with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 application processor, and since March, they’ve already sent a few hundred samples to developers. Google has now announced another development kit, this time a tablet powered by Nvidia Tegra K1 quad core SoC.

Project Tango Tablet Development Kit

Project Tango Tablet Development Kit

Tango tablet has the following hardware specifications:

  • SoC – Nvidia Tegra K1 quad core Cortex A15 with Kepler GPU
  • System Memory – 4GB RAM
  • Storage – 128GB
  • Display – 7″ screen
  • Connectivity – WiFi, BlueTooth Low Energy, and 4G LTE
  • Camera – 120 deg. wide angle front camera, 4MP rear camera, and motion tracking camera
  • Sensors – Integrated depth sensing

The tablet will run Google’s KitKat Android operating system, and support features such as OpenGL 4.4 thanks to the Kepler GPU found in Nvidia SoC. This development kit will allow developers to experiment with mobile 3D sensing, and they’ll receive software algorithms and APIs updates, and development progresses.

Tango tablet development kit will be available later this year. If you are a developer you can register to get notified of the devkit availability, and put aside $1024 to pay for the tablet.

Via Nvidia Blog