Rockchip RK3128 TV Box Boards with 512MB RAM, 8GB Storage Sell for $15 and Up

Rockchip RK3036 dual core Cortex A7 processor was showcased by Rockchip at CES 2015 and said to enable $10 H.265 TV boxes, and yesterday I noticed some code made it to mainline Linux for Rockchip RK3036 Kylin board. While I have not been able to find any information about that board, or any other RK3036 boards or devices so far, I’ve been informed that RK3128 boards with 512MB RAM and 8GB storage were selling for $11.50 (75 CNY) for 1K orders, and around $15 (100 CNY) and up for samples.

Specifications listed for the board shown above:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3128 quad core ARM Cortex A7 @ 1.3 GHz with ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 512MB to 1GB LPDDR2/DDR3 or DDR3L
  • Storage – 4 to 8 GB NAND flash + micro SD slot
  • Connectivity – Ethernet, and WiFi
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 and composite RCA output
  • Audio Output – HDMI, and stereo audio (RCA)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Misc – IR sensor, LED
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – N/A

The device runs Android 4.4.2, and while there’s certainly no SDK provided with the board, it’s should possible to adapt the Android and Linux SDKs released for FirePrime board also based on Rockchip RK3128 processor.

Beside 1866 dot com that only accepts order of 5 or more pieces, you can also find RK3128 boards on Taobao for 128 RMB and up (~$20). Apart from the $85 FirePrime board, I could not find other RK3128 boards on Aliexpress, but there are some RK3128 TV boxes start at $33 shipped.

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19 Replies to “Rockchip RK3128 TV Box Boards with 512MB RAM, 8GB Storage Sell for $15 and Up”

  1. @Jon Smirl
    Maybe at a higher frequency but I think that at 1.2 GHz it should be cool 😀 There’s an option to push it to 1.5-1.6 GHz in which case yes it will probably get very hot.

  2. @Jon Smirl
    Nope, the heat problems the H3 was blamed for have nothing to do with the Ethernet PHY. Just insane overvolting combined with insane overclocking. All issues resolved in the meantime by defining sane values: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/linux-sunxi/20Ir4It3GsA

    And the H3 is also an excellent choice for IoT stuff since when downclocked and undervolted it’s still faster than many other SoCs while consumption doesn’t exceed 2.5W (no fan/heatsink needed): http://forum.armbian.com/index.php/topic/504-quick-review-of-orange-pi-pc/

  3. Maybe I will give H3 a second chance. I had abandoned it initially after getting sunburn from it.
    Is there an Android Lollipop build for it?

    BTW – I am running Lollipop on RK3128 with no problems. It decodes h.264 without any issues that I’ve noticed. It also does h.265 but it can’t maintain 30FPS on h.265.

    Can’t find Lollipop for it after a couple of searches. The stuff I work on requires a few Lollipop features so I guess I am sticking with RK3128.

    Several of my RK3128 boards don’t have a heat sink and never get warm. Another one has a small heat sink but it doesn’t seem to be needed. But I don’t run 3D graphics torture tests on them either.

    1. may i ask which lollipop firmware you are running on your rk3128 device? i tried but couldn’t find any on internet.

  4. Someone could help me to introduce me in make linux images for the rockchips starting from zeto.
    I am very enthusiastic in linux abd I think there is a better uses with linux than with android.
    I only need some links to understand how works the rockchip family.

    Thanks

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