More AMLogic AML8726-MX Source Code Released by Ainol

Last week, I found out that AMLogic released the kernel source code for AML8726-MX, its dual core Cortex A9 processor, but this code is only for the “common” platform, and some source code specific to tablets or media players is missing (e.g. some drivers). But today, Ainol released the source code for the Ainol Novo 7 Elf II and Aurora II tablet, both of which are based on on AML8726-M6 dual core processor:

The files are pretty big, and the download very slow on my side (“1 day, 16 hours remaining”), so I’ll probably have to give up. I assume “fards” will import the source code into a new repo in his github account. Anyway, this potentially makes AMLogic AML8726-MX a very interesting development platform, although we’ll have to see if the bootloader source code is released, and what kind of multimedia libraries (GPU: OpenGL ES| Video Decoder/Encoder) for Android and Linux will be released.

I haven’t been able to look into this code (obviously since it’s still downloading), but I’m expecting to get the source code for the LCD display(s), touch screen, HDMI drivers and more. HDMI drivers are especially interesting for media player development, and hardware platforms such as Geniatech ATV1200 or ATV1600 might hopefully become hackable like the Mele A1000 with AllWinner A10.

Via: Ainol BBS

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max
max
8 years ago

Few Questions: 1. Is this large size (2GB) a indication that every thing is included? 2. Is this means that USB things like Bluetooth, GPS, 3G Modem dongel (s) can be easily connected? as developers now can be able to bake the driver support in kernel. A Request : Since you are telecommunications programmer. Can you please write an .apk for connection manager on Android (rightnow there is none in playstore) similar to the connection manager we have on our windows machines, i.e connect the 3G USB modem and you can use it for dialing a phone number for voice… Read more »

max
max
8 years ago

25 GB you mean twenty five gigabyte? Or you missed a dot. 🙂

Yeah there is wcdma option in Android, But “3G via USB” got lost somewhere during Linux and Android transformation 🙁 and most of the 3G USB dongle (s) do not get recognized by Android, especially the cdma or EVDO Rev 0 / A / B etc.
Drivers not got baked into kernel etc. etc. It’s a long story.
Point is, if some app can fill this gap by any app, that’ll be great for people and the app maker.

Thanks for your reply.

Dan
Dan
8 years ago

Well Allwinner turned out to be useless for for media playback, they strung along the XBMC team.

XBMC guys are using amlplayer under linux on the Pivos XIOS DS, it ties into ffmpeg but thats as much as I understand on the matter : ) oh and the OS they are building for the box is on github.

It sounds like Amlogic will be a better bet for linux hackers interested in media playback.

max
max
8 years ago

Thanks for the reply Jean, IF* all the source codes, drivers, kernel etc.etc. is in public domain, Does this mean an Amlogic DualCore 8726-MX6 based mini PC / PC on stick sounds a better proposition then Allwinner A10 or / and a RK3066 base mini PC? Especially in light of a properly supported Hardware accelerated OS. Does this also mean that we can get a working linaro / Linux distro on Ainol’s any Amlogic DualCore 8726-MX6 processor based tablet like elf2, Aurora 2 or fire. Since now we have the drivers for LCD and touch screens etc. Some light on… Read more »

Romonid
Romonid
8 years ago

the geniatech boxes look really good. the 1200 seems to have all the conections options (except sata) that are on the mele.
the company itself looks experienced it doesnt look like they have come up recently like all the allwinner device manufacturers.
is AMLogic a good chip manufacturer? All I can find on the web is allwinner praise and not too much about amlogic and whether it is a reliable chip maker

max
max
8 years ago

Yes, Slateroid is mainly focusing on Android rom. But i think team linaro, xmbc and other Linux on tablet enthusiasts must be very curious to evaluate the possibilities.

Especially after the Allwinner ditching fiasco. This can be the new route. I’m sure this DualCore 1.5GHz Amlogic 8726-MX6 Mali400 MP2 @300MHz can stand head to head with RK3066.
I’ve also asked Peter, he says stay tuned.

Peter
8 years ago

I am currently looking at both the M3 and the MX. The M3 is on his way to the test bench, as where we are still negotiating about the MX version.

The MX dual core as a stick is the final goal, but were are getting there via the M3 and MX as STB first.

The Rockchip look great performance wise, but have not yet found any sources.

sao
sao
8 years ago

@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft) Thanks for the update! The 1pad.cn benchmarks article contains the following link http://pad.pconline.com.cn/reviews/1204/2726094_all.html#content_page_1 I can’t read Chinese 🙁 but it seems that the AML8726-MX tablet tested there is roughly comparable with the performance of the galaxy note (the one with exynos 4210) and exceeds that of the kindle fire/xoom. The fact that AML releases the sources definitely make it very attractive for hacking. The cons are that it runs hot (seems to be the reason why all current AML tabletss are clocked way down) and the smallish L2 cache. Don’t know about battery life (a concern for… Read more »

sao
sao
8 years ago

sao :

The cons are that it runs hot (seems to be the reason why all current AML tabletss are clocked way down

Speaking of CPU clock of the AML8726-MX I belatedly notice something interesting: They block out the CPU frequency in the antutu benchmark in the 1pad.cn link! They do show that CPU frequency for RK3066 and for the galaxy note/kindle fire/xoom.

max
max
8 years ago

@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft) The antutu score of 6400 for DualCore Amlogic 8726-MX6 based tablets like Ainol Elf 2 1024×600 / 1GB Ram / Android 4.0.4 etc. or similar tables is correct. But on Normal Mode, which is @1.2 GHz Under performance mode i.e @1.5 GHz the score come to same 7700 to 8000. See this video for elf2 review (around 6:30 for antutu score 7666 on performance mode) http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DHyFd9d6H2FU&v=HyFd9d6H2FU&gl=IN Most of the RK3066 tablet can scale from 250Hz to 1.6GHz by default on Android 4.0.4 etc. We all can expect some performance boost in scores once they get Jellybean 4.1.1… Read more »

Romonid
Romonid
8 years ago

@CNX,
this is probably a noob question, but has the community tried to contact AMLogic and speak directly to them for what they need.
If it is a solid company with products in Asia(Geniatech), and Europe/US (Sumvision/Pivos), then they might be interested in supporting the dev community.
Support from them translates to innovation from dev which translates to better rep and community which translates to more sales.
(but if it was so simple then Allwinner wouldnt have backed off, i suppose)

Peter
8 years ago

Downloaded the sources, but hmmm….. It looks like 2.6.34?

Peter
8 years ago


I unpacked both archives (~6.5 GB) and are preparing to push it to github.

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e8hffff
8 years ago

Sick of hearing about Android, and even worse Windows CE(RT-Metro/ModernUI).

wait…waiting…waiting…for Linux with hardware drivers…

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