PopMetal Rockchip RK3288 Development Board Features Multiple Display Interfaces (HDMI, VGA ,eDP, LVDS, MIPI), GPS and NFC Connectivity

Up 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 shipped, and Radxa Rock 2, a more professional and expansive solution with dual Ethernet, 3G modem and so on. A third RK3288 board has now surfaced which offers a middle ground between Firefly and Radxa boards. PopMetal development board comes with 2GB RAM, 8GB eMMC, 5 video outputs / display interfaces namely HDMI, VGA, embedded DisplayPort (eDP), LVDS, and MIPI DSI, as well as the usual Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity, complemented with GPS and NFC.

ChipSpark PopMetal Board (Click to Enlarge a Bit...)
ChipSpark PopMetal Board (Click to Enlarge a Bit…)

PopMetal technical specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3288 quad core ARM Cortex-A17 processor @ 1.8Ghz with ARM Mali-T764 GPU with support for OpenGL ES1.1/2.0/3.0, OpenVG 1.1, OpenCL 1.1, DirectX 11
  • System memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8 GB eMMC, SATA connector for 2.5″ HDD/SSD (TBC), and micro SD card slot
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and NFC. Two external antennas for Wi-Fi and GPS.
  • Video Output / Display Interfaces
    • HDMI 2.0 up to [email protected]
    • VGA up to 1080p
    • LVDS
    • eDP (embedded DisplayPort)
    • MIPI DSI
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, built-in microphone, LINE IN, optical S/PDIF, audio output headers.
  • Camera – MIPI CSI connector, CIF connector
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port, 1x micro USB debug port
  • Debugging – Serial console via micro USB debug port
  • Misc – Home, Vol +/-, and power buttons, IR receiver, three jumpers
  • Power – 5V/3A
  • Dimensions – 15 x 9.2 cm

I’m not quite sure what the DTV connector is for, but I assume it could be MIPI DSI interface, with the other MIPI connector being reserved for the camera.PopMetal_RK3288_Board_SATAPopMetal is made by ChipSpark, the same company who designed and manufactures Rayeager PX2 board, and while there’s plenty of documentation the latter, nothing related to PopMetal has been published on the Wiki so far, but Android, Ubuntu, and Chrome OS operating systems will be supported.

You won’t find more much details on ChipSpark PopMetal product page, but the product is listed for $199 US. I could add it to the cart, but trying to sign-in with Facebook or Twitter failed. Shipping costs are not included, and they ship by FedEx.

Via Linux-rockchip G+ community

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