Rikomagic Announces MK902II LE Ubuntu Mini PC Powered by Rockchip RK3288 SoC

Rikomagic announced their MK902II mini PC based on Rockchip RK3288 in May, and which has started shipping recently for about $130. The company have now announced MK902II LE (Linux Edition) based on the same hardware, but instead of running Android 4.4, it’s running Xubuntu 14.04 with some virtualization technique that allows it to run x86 Linux programs such as Skype, and it can even support Wine to run Windows programs.MK902II_LE

MK902II LE specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3288 Quad Core Cortex A12/A17 up to 1.8GHz with ARM Mali-T764 GPU supporting OpenGL ES1.1/2.0/3.0, Open VG1.1, OpenCL, DirectX11
  • System Memory – 2GB (Dual channel 64 bit DRAM controller)
  • Storage – 16GB Internal eMMC with Xubuntu 14.04 preinstalled + micro SD card slot
  • Video Output- HDMI (1080p), and AV output
  • Audio Output – HDMI, AV output, optical output, or external USB audio card (not included)
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.
  • USB – 4x USB Host ports
  • Misc – IR sensor, recovery switch.
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Power Consumption – 2 to 5 Watts (Typical)

The device comes with an IR remote control, a USB cable for firmware updates, an HDMI cable, and a power adapter. The system is also said to boot to Xubuntu within 6 seconds. A native Linux kernel compilation takes about 10 minutes on this machine.

A video has been uploaded with the system, mostly showing web browsing experience, including playing a video from BBC iPlayer which is OK in embedded mode, but does not look so good in full screen (tearing) because there’s no video hardware acceleration in Linux, and everything is handled by software.

There are also two other videos showing a one way video call with Skype (no camera connected to MK902II LE), and Microsoft Office Word Viewer running in the device via Wine. Performance is not that great but it works.

You can access these other videos, and purchase MK902II LE on Cloudsto for 114.99 GBP including shipping. That’s about $190, or $60 more than the Android version however, but maybe that price includes the 20% British VAT too. You may also want to follow MK902II LE discussion on Rikomagic forums.

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18 Replies to “Rikomagic Announces MK902II LE Ubuntu Mini PC Powered by Rockchip RK3288 SoC”

  1. FYI, In the end of the page

    OUR PRICE INCLUDES WORLDWIDE SHIPPING BY DHL.

    ALL ORDERS ARE SHIPPED DIRECTLY FROM THE FACTORY IN CHINA and typically arrive within 5 working days, this is a trackable service and tracking numbers will be provided upon request. Please note these products do not include VAT, and are sold as Tax Free Purchases. Please note that with these items Tax, Import Duty and any shipping Administration Fees may be due payable by you upon entering your country. Any costs levied by your customs are due payable by you. Any additional administration costs levied by the shipping courier are due payable by you. (see our full terms and conditions section for more information)

    Please note this product is intended for developers and early adopters of ARM Linux platforms, many of the features are still under development so certain things might not behave as expected! This device does not support full hardware accelerated video playback, however up to 720p video playback is possible due to the high performance CPU cores which allow software decoding and playback. Development is happening on a daily basis and we openly invite users to get on board to help with improving this affordable, open source computer platform. Please join our forum at http://www.rikomagic.co.uk/forum to keep updated on the latest developments.

  2. In the UK you’ll pay VAT (20%) + import duty (7% I think) + an admin fee (maybe GBP5-10 charged by Post Office or courier for the paying the other charges & recovering from you). So maybe GBP40 on top 🙁

  3. Ikem :
    @P3dr
    Desktop Linux with hardware accelerated video is THE selling point!
    If you can deliver that, you’re faster no. 1 seller then you think!

    openmax over libhybris + gstreamer is possible.
    at least yolla and ubuntu phone use this way on quallcomm
    I saw some activity on gstreamer openmax plugin in bugzila

  4. Linux without hardware acceleration support? Then it’s no faster than a rk3188 or AMlogic SoCs… GPU / HW support is a must / necessary.

  5. I understand Rockchip have said that they have no plans to add official support for hardware accelerated video decoding under Linux, nor hardware accelerated audio decoding for that matter.

    So while Rockchip do say that they support Linux, they do not fully support Linux.

  6. A video has been uploaded with the system, mostly showing web browsing experience, including playing a video from BBC iPlayer which is OK in embedded mode, but does not look so good in full screen (tearing) because there’s no video hardware acceleration in Linux, and everything is handled by software.

    Tearing is more a problem of vertical blank sync, XFCE4 that uses update of futur versions of XFCE in ubuntu 14.04, showed that sync to vertical blank of the windowing system stop any tearing effect, and as a border effect, make everything faster. As there is no redraw until next VBS, no useless drawing function call are made and cpu/gpu/anything that can draw can concentrate on what need to be really updated.

  7. Toto :
    Tearing is more a problem of vertical blank sync, XFCE4 that uses update of futur versions of XFCE in ubuntu 14.04, showed that sync to vertical blank of the windowing system stop any tearing effect, and as a border effect, make everything faster. As there is no redraw until next VBS, no useless drawing function call are made and cpu/gpu/anything that can draw can concentrate on what need to be really updated.

    They use XFCE4 on the video, and didn’t activated vsync draw, I added a comment on the video in the hope they activate it and remake a screencast. We should see good improvment (as that’s the case on desktop, GPU accelerated computer too).

    To activate vsync blank draw : parameters => Windows Manager Tweaks
    Then in [Compositor] tab, enable [Enable display compositing] and [synchronize drawing to the vertical blank].

  8. Really makes little sense to me, CnX could you consider doing some research about who we’d need to contact at Rockchip or even a manufacturer to get HW acceleration on this device? Maybe a seperate blog post on your blog with petition style template and email? please.

  9. @jacbobs
    Rockchip is working with Google Chromium OS team, as can be seen with various patchsets in the ARM Linux Kernel mailing list, so we’ll have to see what comes out of this.

    Now, somebody reported the Firefly guys said there was no SDK in Linux for VPU support from Rockchip. But I can only assume something will come out of the Google/Rockchip partnership. Otherwise, as noted by @m][sko , libhybris can be a workaround making Android libraries usable in standard Linux distributions.

  10. cnxsoft :
    The x86 virtualization solution might be exagear which is claimed to be 4 times faster than qemu
    http://eltechs.com/product/exagear-desktop/

    Third generation Cortex-A (A7/15/A12) has hardware virtualization capabilities. It doesn’t mean it uses x86 emulation here for the whole desktop but could mean ARM virtualization (for the destkop) ubuntu 14.04 works well on ARM, or only hw emulation/virtualization for x86 applications ??? After looking at their forum they don’t speak about amulated Ubuntu and they speak about hardware acceleration. The tearing (in windows move and video view) is not due to no hw acceleration (else the video should be far slower), but only due to not be vsync’ed, this also has slowdown border effect more or less visible depending on applications. I had the same problem on my x86 HW-accelerated XFCE desktop (not gnome2/3/kde/…) until xubuntu 14.10, and until I noticed the vsync flag, that is a patch from futur version of XFCE and not enabled by default. I didn’t noticed problem with vsync after few month of usage, but instead far less slow desktop :).

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