Waxberry Pi3 Rockchip RK3188 Development Board Includes a SATA Port

Development boards based on Rockchip RK3188 are a rarity, and until today, I only knew about Radxa Rock boards. Waxberry, a Chinese based company, already made some development boards such as Waxberry Pi2 based on Rockchip RK3066, and recently they’ve launched Waxberry Pi3 development board powered by Rockchip RK3188 processor, with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB flash, a SATA port, expansion headers and more.

Waxberry Pi3 (aka WB-RK3188) specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad core @ 1.6Ghz + Mali-400 MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 8GB NAND Flash (SK Hynix H27UCG8TETR) + micro-SD slot + SATA port
  • Video Output – HDMI, LVDS connector, and AV output (TBC)
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet port, 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, AV?, mic IN
  • Camera – 24-pin CSI connector
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG
  • Misc – IR sensor, RTC with battery slot
  • Expansions Header – 2x 48-pin headers
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A

An Android 4.2.2 SDK is said to come with the board, but no links are provided. There’s absolutely nothing about WB-RK3188 on wax-berry.com, except in their forums with there’s a sub-forum dedicated to the new board, but without relevant posts, at least not readable without logging in. The obvious difference with a board like Radxa Rock is the addition of the SATA port, most probably via a USB to SATA bridge, and you do so the same with a USB to Ethernet dongle, but it’s a bit more neat that way, especially if you plan to put the board into an enclosure.

So I got all my information from their listing on Taobao where the board is sold for 499 CNY (~$82), and since the company has not been actively selling their previous board to oversea markets, this could remain a board focusing on the Chinese market. Waxberry Pi WB-RK3288 “development board” can also be found on their Taobao store for 599 CNY (~$98), but it looks more like a TV box board than a development board, albeit it comes with an Adnrodi 4.4.2 SDK.

Thank you Freire!

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