Firefly-RK3288 Development Board To Support Android and Lubuntu

We’ve already got a long list of upcoming Rockchip RK3288 based Android media players, but no low cost development boards have been announced to date. We can certainly expect a Radxa Rock 2 board with the Cortex A17 processor, but it might not be the only one, as Firefly-RK3288 development board powered by Rockchip RK3288 is currently being developed by another Chinese team.

Firefly-RK3288 (Click to Enlarge... a bit)
Firefly-RK3288 Development Board (Click to Enlarge… a bit)

Current specifications for Firefly-RK3288 board:

  • 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 – 2G DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot
  • Video I/O
    • HDMI 2.0 up to 3840×[email protected]
    • VGA out (D-SUB connector)
    • VGA in is available via the expansion headers.
    • LCD, MIPI and LVDS
  • Audio Output / Input – HDMI, optical S/PDIF, microphone header, and built-in MIC
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi with external antenna, and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG
  • Expansion Headers – 2x 38-pin headers with access to SPI, UART, EDP, ADC, GPIO, I2C, VGA=IN, LVDS, MIPI, 3.3V, 5V, and GND signals.
  • Power Supply – TBC
  • Dimensions – 118 x 83 mm

Firefly-RK3288_connectorsThe developers told me it would be an open hardware project, but I’m not sure it will be 100% open source hardware, but at least they seem committed to release the hardware schematics, component’s placement file, and components’ datasheets. Hardware design and debugging have just been completed, and they have not reached the mass production stage just yet, which also means there’s no price information either. They will support Android 4.4 and Ubuntu for the board, and the SDKs, tutorial and hardware files will all be available from their website in August.

That website is not online yet (and I don’t even know the domain name), but the board can be found on oschina, and the development followed on TeeFirefly’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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Tom Cubie
6 years ago

Apparently someone thinks the design of radxa rock is good. Our rock 2 will be based on a rk3288 som.

Riaqn
Riaqn
6 years ago

how about the usb? 2.0 or 3.0?
and still, no sata.

G
G
6 years ago

That VGA connector is big, blue, and ruins the cool blackness of the whole board. 😛

Jacob Ritzema
6 years ago

Looks like Radxa Rock competition? What should the customer buy? Think they will get confused, and dislike the current one day fly policy.

leandro
leandro
6 years ago

if this is a real open hardware. This will be a great board, and better than raxda.

Jibril
Jibril
6 years ago

Tom Cubie :
Apparently someone thinks the design of radxa rock is good. Our rock 2 will be based on a rk3288 som.

I hope that on this new board (Rock 2) it will be hole to fix a passive/active heatsink on SoC with plastic spring hook

Javi
6 years ago

Good news!

MIPI and LVDS there. If they share hardware design and give support can be a really good choice.

Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon
6 years ago

@Tom Cubie
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! Good to know that Rock 2 is in the works. I hope the use of SoM does not cause a substantial price hike.

onebir
onebir
6 years ago

@Curmudgeon The price of these components (& consumer devices using them) is dropping all the time… Is an upgrade at the same price too much to ask?

mongrol
mongrol
6 years ago

@Curmudgeon

Hopefully, they’ll provide better service than Tom Cubie. I RMA’d a CUbietruck back to r0ckstore in January and never saw a replacement or my $100 back. Just got the runaround in emails.

Jessops
Jessops
6 years ago

@mongrol

If these guys have just copied from Radxa, then they are more likely to be less inclined to provide quality support.

Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon
6 years ago

G :
That VGA connector is big, blue, and ruins the cool blackness of the whole board.

Apart from the cosmetic factors, the VGA connector is obstructive for those who might implement expansion boards. Compared with today’s high density connectors, the “D sub-miniature connector” is an anachronism that is not nearly miniature enough! Hopefully the Twittered layout adjustments will fix this.

Saravana Qmaxsys
6 years ago

I have bought many boards from Chinese companies / Solution providers / Factories / Shops / OEMs, none of them provide good technical support. In most cases.. * The sales girls speaks English and the Engineer speaks only Chinese, the non technical sales girl will have to translate the technical problem to Chinese and back and forth, by then you are tired. * There is less willingness to support, because there is no money in technical support, Where is the volume order ???? * There is nothing like a open source in China, if you need to do some changes… Read more »

Jacob Gadikian
Jacob Gadikian
6 years ago

I have reason to believe that this board will be true open source hardware, with every single little detail downloadable. The engineers tell me they’ve got it this time, and of course, if they’ve got it, what a blockbuster this will be!

Bud Ryan
Bud Ryan
6 years ago

@Jibril The board is basically awesome, but it’s a shame that there’s no SATA with a small Storage – 8GB eMMC flash and I believe it will use the H.265 Codec, but I don’t see anything about any Audio Hardware Acceleration for use with Dolby which is so nice to have and from what I hear about ARM is to be energy efficient and from what I understand, when you use software to render either audio or video not only do you get less quality, but less energy efficient so I’m hoping this board has both Video and Audio energy… Read more »

Jibril
Jibril
6 years ago

@Bud Ryan
I don’t know why you asked me your problems about missing Sata port, small storage and no support to DTS and AC3 audio.
If you want these features, you can contact RockChip and explain them your requests on new chip or change to another platform (Samsung or other SOCs)…not me.

Jibril
Jibril
6 years ago

@ Jean-Luc
for you, which will be the street price of this board at launch ?

Toto
Toto
6 years ago

@Tom Cubie
When does it come ? What about the RAM (2GB, 4GB ?) etc… I searched around Radxa forums/wiki and found nothing.

Nickson Yap
Nickson Yap
6 years ago

Firefly-RK3288 beta version is up for sale!
Officially sold for 800 chinese yuan in chinese website:
http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=41212979166

eBay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/151423349215

unotemporal
unotemporal
6 years ago

@Tom Cubie
tom cubie has a very large face to come here to sell new boards ..
First can explain:
why the radxa rock board dont work ?.
why he sells open philosophy when it is not?

caradura = sassy = hardface

Dv
Dv
5 years ago

@mongrol
Good news for you, their new forum version has just online.
http://www.t-firefly.com/en/
From their website, their new product FireLink, FireSmart will come to the market soon. It looks promising

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