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

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

G
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G

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

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

leandro
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leandro

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

Jibril
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Jibril

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

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[…] Firefly-RK3288 developer board is basically a tiny, ARM Cortex-A17 powered computer The board features 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a quad-core CPU, Mali-T674 graphics, HDMI and SPDIF and support for 4K video as well as expansion headers for developers. [CNX Software] […]

Javi
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Good news!

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

Curmudgeon
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Curmudgeon

@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
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onebir

@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
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mongrol

@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
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Jessops

@mongrol

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

Curmudgeon
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Curmudgeon

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
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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 in the hardware, you need to have the schematics / PCB Layout / BOM / Vendor List / SDK / source code / Datasheets of components / English Manuals , In most cases none of the above listed details are complete. if you don’t have some thing it is as good as starting fresh.

* The new products may have many defects / not tested fully / that’s understood but you will not find a document telling what functions are tested and what is not, and what is still under development.

* Many claim it is open source and SDK is available, how about source codes /the SDK is not complete in most cases.

* We will have to depend on the forum for technical support, but then it takes too long time,

* Chip Manufactures –> Solutions Company –> Contract Manufacturer / factory –> Products Company –> retailer / online store . this is the China chain, The Chip manufacture knows the most, but willing to support only multimillion $ deals and hand full of Solutions companies, The Solution company may not have full access to all the source codes, they still have to depend the Chip manufacture. The CM / OEM / Retailer / online store do not have any control or access to technical information other than the rough specifications.

* There is no guarantee that you will get the same product again , the factory would have switched to other products / lead time and price changes with time,

This is just my experience

Saravana

Jacob Gadikian
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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
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Bud Ryan

@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 efficient Hardware Acceleration? The use of USB 2.0 defeats the purpose of a fast SSD converted SATA! There’s a newer codec out there that brings a huge difference in audio called Opus so if you haven’t heard of this, please Google and check it out… When and where I can get one of these boards would be nice?

Jibril
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Jibril

@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
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Jibril

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

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[…] Firefly-RK3288 development board was first announced in July. I still don’t have news about availability nor pricing, the T-Firefly website launched yesterday. They seem do have a nice Wi-Fi, but unfortunately everything is currently in Chinese, except when you go to the download page. You’ll find firmware upgrade_tool for Linux and Windows, the USB drivers for rooting and firmware update, firmware images (Android 4.4.2, Ubuntu 14.04, and dual boot), the board schematics (PDF), and Android KitKat 4.4.2 SDK with U-Boot, Linux, and Android source code, some documentation, XBMC apk (no source) with H.265 hardware decode support for MP4, MOV and MKV container formats. […]

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

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[…] the company behind Firefly-RK3288 development board and HPH NT-V6 media player, has sent me their latest company brochure this morning. The brochure […]

Nickson Yap
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Nickson Yap

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

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[…] days ago, a T-chip representative informed me privately that Firefly development board (Rockchip RK3288) would not be available on foreign websites, and that it was unclear when the […]

unotemporal
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unotemporal

@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

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[…] has been an interesting, yet confusing story at least to me. We’ve first heard about the Firefly board on July, but I was privately told in September that the board would only be sold in China by a T-Chip sales […]

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[…] to now, we’ve had mainly two development boards based on Rockchip RK3288 Cortex A17 processor: Firefly-RK3288 is a low cost development board powered by Rockchip RK3288 processor selling for as low as $140 […]

Dv
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Dv

@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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[…] the company has also released Mali-T76X GPU drivers for Firefly board powered by Rockchip RK3288 quad core Cortex A17 processor featuring a Mali-T764 GPU. The first […]