MiQi Rockchip RK3288 Development Board using Raspberry Pi Form Factor to Sell for $35 and Up

Rockchip RK3288 processor may have launched in 2014, but it’s still one of the most powerful processor found in TV boxes for example, and in the past we’ve seen higher end board based on the processor such as Firefly-RK3288 or Radxa Rock 2 Square selling for well above $100. But MQMaker, the company that previously made WiTi router board, is bringing a smaller and cheaper RK3288 development board with MiQi, which definitely looks similar to the Raspberry Pi.

MiQi_Board

MiQi board specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip 3288 quad core ARM Cortex A17 up to 1.8 GHz with Mali-T764 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 /3.0, and OpenCL 1.1
  • System Memory – 1 or 2G DDR3 depending on model
  • Storage – 8 or 32 GB eMMC flash depending on model + micro SD slot
  • Video & Audio output – HDMI 2.0 up to 3840×[email protected]
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB port
  • Debugging – Serial console header
  • Expansion Headers – 16-pin header, and 12-pin header but details are not known.
  • Misc – Button, unpopulated fan header
  • Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port
  • Dimensions – 85 x 56 cm (PCB)
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The board currently dual boots Android 5.1 and Lubuntu 14.04 from the eMMC flash, and while my sample came without heatsink, the final version will include a heatsink to ensure performance is stable even with higher loads. The firmware can already be downloaded, and the Linux 3.10 source code for the board is on github.MiQiI’ve got sample #2, cool! But less cool is that I’ve not been able to boot it with a 5V/2A power supply connected to the board. I’m investigating. Using another power supply, and the board automatically booted Lubuntu just fine.

RK3288_Raspberry_Pi

There will be two version of the board: one with 1GB RAM & 8GB storage for $35, and the other with 2GB RAM & 32GB flash for $69 to be launched on Indiegogo later on. You can find some more information in the forum announcement and comments.

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R. D.
R. D.
4 years ago

Looking forward to the exposition of these boards.

GunterO
GunterO
4 years ago

“and the other with 2GB RAM & 32GHz”
I think you mean 32GB, otherwise it would be a killer machine for sure 🙂

Pedantic Pete
Pedantic Pete
4 years ago

32GHz flash sounds amazing for $69

Gabe
Gabe
4 years ago

Can you cook and egg on it?

benn
benn
4 years ago

super eggs cooker:)

more pictures can be found here.
https://plus.google.com/communities/114054972773897047345

Karl Johnson
Karl Johnson
4 years ago

this looks promising if the software can match the hardware

Manuel
Manuel
4 years ago

With a old 3.10 kernel?

Thanks, no.

ade
ade
4 years ago

3.10 ? Has it been patched to protect against serious exploits such as http://perception-point.io/2016/01/14/analysis-and-exploitation-of-a-linux-kernel-vulnerability-cve-2016-0728/ ?

Justin
Justin
4 years ago

ARM actually has drivers for for the Mali-76x with OpenCL support.

http://malideveloper.arm.com/resources/drivers/arm-mali-midgard-gpu-user-space-drivers/

Besides only having GLES support are there any other caveats? The kernel driver part of the Mali driver is open source so I believe that this means it could work on the mainline kernel too. I don’t know the status of the mainline kernel for the RK-3288. I’m probably missing something because there doesn’t seem to be a way to escape the madness of lack of proper GPU driver support on ARM.

nobe
nobe
4 years ago

@ade
3.10 is a LTS kernel and its EOL is oct 2017 https://kernel.org/category/releases.html
so bugfixes are still backported but… is the 3.10 kernel used for this board up-to-date ? i doubt it is (i might be wrong though, didn’t check)

also, if i remember correctly, i think android kernel is based on 3.10. that would explain why it is still used

mara
4 years ago

@Manuel
Linux version 4.6.0-rc1+ ([email protected]) (gcc version 4.6.x-google 20120106 (prerelease) (GCC) ) #9 SMP Sat Apr 16 11:08:39 EEST 2016

http://p.fail.pp.ua/Jo1OIa9R

Jon Smirl
4 years ago

Anyone know a current price for the RK3288 SOC? It used to be expensive but if you can build a $35 board with it, it must be a lot cheaper now.

dvl36
dvl36
4 years ago

> Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port

No way.

Jon Smirl
4 years ago

Lot’s of good RK3288 info here.
http://wiki.t-firefly.com/index.php/Firefly-RK3288/en

dvl36
dvl36
4 years ago


Even power requirements of four USB ports more than micro USB connector can pass without significant voltage drop.

jeroen
jeroen
4 years ago

Would be intresting to see how this compeats against the C2

roel
roel
4 years ago

hopefully shipping is reasonable.
I2S as there is no audio jack on the board?

data
data
4 years ago

would be really awesome IF the 4 I2S output pair pins (for 8 channel output) of the SOC would be routed (accessible) to some pads

dvl36
dvl36
4 years ago

@jeroen
Properly heatsinked it should leave Odroid C2 far behind.
But micro USB power connector…

Jay
4 years ago

This is nice, at the price.

Am not able to see any Wi-Fi chip, let alone an antenna provision. I take it there’s none on-board?

xxx
xxx
4 years ago

When it will be on the market?

No sh#t
No sh#t
4 years ago

@Gabe
No you need a Raspberry 3, ideal for boiling cup of coffee, running a 360p video for 3 mins soon gets the burning finger effect.

Now remember children always ask a responsible adult before cooking with your Raspberry

amea fabien
amea fabien
4 years ago

Hi
Please,I need the FLASH FILE for stmartphone MIQI :modelT4

Gabe
Gabe
3 years ago


Shipping seems expensive( $20).

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago
Hari
2 years ago

It does not have blutooth and wifi

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