Rockchip RK3288 Android 4.4.2 SDK and Schematics Released for Firefly Board

Firefly-RK3288 development board was first announced in July. I still don’t have news about availability nor pricing, but the T-Firefly website launched yesterday. They seem do have a nice Wiki, 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.

Android_4.4._Linux_Rockchip_RK3288

The SDK is available on Bitbucket. I planned to test it, but unfortunately my network connection is very slow (and unstable) to this server, and I failed to retrieve it with git clone. The company also posted the build instructions in Chinese in their website, but I’ll reproduce them here for Ubuntu 14.04.

  1. Install required packages:
  2. Checkout the SDK:
  3. Build the Linux kernel:
  4. Build Android:

And after some patience, Android should be fully build. Instructions to create a Ubuntu image are also available in the Wiki, but only in Chinese.

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Tom Cubie
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The wiki is mostly translated from the radxa wiki and androtab.info but with practical screenshots. Another follower of radxa 🙂

matt
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matt

There’s no TS container for 265 here…. is this an hint that review of UyeSee G1H was not complete? There container was almost only TS while here are listed only mp4, mkv and mov….
Should I cross my fingers?

Phanirajkiran
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Tom Your the BIG Boss….Luffy is the next in BOSS.

Piyush Verma
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Sounds interesting..
Does it’s linux image have support for GPU & VPU ?

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Michal Lazo

@Piyush Verma
plan B libhybris

skelton
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skelton

Not bad, though I don’t see a place to buy it. Not sure if buying this or wait for a Radxa Rock 2

Jibril
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Jibril

skelton :
Not bad, though I don’t see a place to buy it. Not sure if buying this or wait for a Radxa Rock 2

I would await … from Radxa there will be some surprises with Rock 2 … 😉

skelton
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skelton

@Jibril I think you are right…

Tom Cubie
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@Jibril sure there will be 🙂

matt
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matt

@cnxsoft
Yes, but TS container is not so common for anything more than mpeg2, so let’s hope mp4, mkv and mov container H.265 “compatibility” is different for the whole rk3288.
(I have an A10 box and as today still haven’t found a decent way to play H.264, tried many)

Jacob Gadikian
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My $.02 on this is that it was a brave move on the engineer’s part to release this product as open source at all. Personally, I welcome any open source hardware, no matter its degree of openness. Let’s compare this board to a new samsung phone…. Yeah, Firefly’s a whole lot better!

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Michal Lazo

Jacob Gadikian :
My $.02 on this is that it was a brave move on the engineer’s part to release this product as open source at all. Personally, I welcome any open source hardware, no matter its degree of openness. Let’s compare this board to a new samsung phone…. Yeah, Firefly’s a whole lot better!

Samsung Phones has 4xCortex-A15+4xCortex-A7 (big.LITTLE configuration)
but rockchip has 4xCortex-A17
And rockchips software is really bad optimized at least RK3122 was bad.
Lots of memory copy => bad for video playback

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7739/arm-cortex-a17

Jacob Gadikian
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I was, but you’re right. Better terminology is needed here as this isn’t the first time that I’ve seen this confusion come up. Or, just for another example of it, have a look at all of the licenses on upverter– is there a dominant “open platform” open hardware license? That is– one that does not certify that one can download the totality of the plans for the CPU & GPU but instead guarantees that

A) The board could be built by the user if they had the parts & equipment needed
B) The board’s essential software is open source.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts 🙂

Tom Cubie
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@cnxsoft radxa rock will be open source hardware.

Javi
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@Tom Cubie

Will we find 4 lanes MIPI on the Radxa 2?

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[…] Kingnovel K-R68 hardware has massive potential with a fast processor, outstanding 3D performance, and excellent Wi-Fi and eMMC storage performance. The firmware is stable and provides a smooth experience, but if you are looking for a device well supported by XBMC, it’s not there yet. Having said that, I’ve only tested the XBMC version provided with the sample (Gotham 13.2), and there are some version that may have better support include HEVC hardware decoding such as Beyond XBMC 3.4 (beta) and an XBMC version released for Firefly-RK3288 development board. […]