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VideoStrong VS-RD-RK3399 is Another Development Board Based on Rockchip RK3399 Processor

VideoStrong is better known for their Android set-top boxes with digital TV tuners, but they are making other hardware too, and their latest design is a Rockchip RK3399 development board named VS-RD-RK3399.

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VideoStrong VS-RD-RK3399 board specifications:

  • SoC – Rochchip RK3399 hexa-core big.LITTLE processor with two ARM Cortex A72 cores up to 2.0 GHz and four core Cortex A53 cores,  ARM Mali-T860 MP4 GPU with OpenGL 1.1 to 3.1 support, OpenVG1.1, OpenCL and DX 11 support
  • System Memory – Dual channel 2GB or 4GB DDR3
  • Storage – 16/32 GB eMMC 5.1 flash, micro SD card
  • Video Output & Display Interfaces
    • 1x HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 Hz
    • 1x DisplayPort up to 4K @ 60 Hz
    • 1x MIPI DSI dual channel interface up to 2560×1600 @ 60 Hz
    • 1x eDP (embedded DisplayPort) 1.3 with 4-lanes @ 10.8 Gbps
    • 1x I2C interface for touch panel
  • Video Decode – 4K VP9 and 10-bit H.265 video codec support up to 60 fps
  • Audio
    • Via HDMI or DisplayPort
    • 1x 3.5mm headphone jack with stereo audio output and mic input
    • 1x LINE out
    • 1x speaker output (1.8W 8Ω/3.1W 4Ω )
    • 2x speaker outputs (1.5W 8Ω/2.5W 4Ω )
    • 1x SPDIF digital audio output port
    • 1x microphone
    • 1x I2S interface up to 8 channels
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) port using RTL8211E transceiver, WiFi 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO and Bluetooth 4.1 (AP6356S module)
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 3.0 type C port
  • Camera
    • 2x MIPI CSI interfaces up to 13MP or 2x 8MP
    • 1x DVP camera interface up to 5MP
  • Debugging – 3-pin serial header
  • Expansion
    • 42-pin GPIO female header with access to 1x I2S, 2x ADC, 2x I2C, 1x SPI/UART, 2x GPIO, 1x LINEOUT, 1x SPEAKER
    • 1x mini PCIe for LTE
    • 1x SIM card slot
  • Misc – Power and user LEDs; 1x IR receiver, 1x RTC battery port; reset, power, and upgrade buttons
  • Power Supply – 12V/3A DC via 5.5×2.1mm barrel connector or 2-pin header; RK808 PMIC
  • Dimensions – 12.4 x 9.5 mm (8-layer PCB)
  • Weight – Board: 89 grams; board + cooling fan and heatsink: 120 grams

The specifications are very similar to the ones for Firefly-RK3399 board, except a few tweaks here and there. You’ll find the header pinout in that document.

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The company will offer support for both Android 7.1 and Linux, but when asked about the SDK I was told that “SDK could be down load from our indicating link”. If you are confused, so I was, but after deep mediation, I saw the light, and it probably means that they’ll provide download links for the SDK to their customers only.

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The kit comes with an acrylic case, and antennas for WiFi and Bluetooth. I don’t have any confirmation about the price, but the board is listed on Alibaba for $149.99. We’ll soon find out more as the company intends to send a sample for review.

  1. crashoverride
    August 11th, 2017 at 23:36 | #1

    > System Memory – Dual channel DDR3-1866/DDR3L-1866/LPDDR3-1866/LPDDR4

    Surely its only one of them and not a mix of all?

  2. Fossxplorer
    August 11th, 2017 at 23:39 | #2

    Does it have 4GB of RAM?

  3. hex
    August 12th, 2017 at 00:33 | #3

    ı think any closed source code binaries makes this useless

  4. nobe
    August 12th, 2017 at 01:24 | #4

    according to the alibaba link : 4GB/32GB and dual channel LPDDR3-1866

  5. theguyuk
  6. August 12th, 2017 at 09:06 | #6

    I used the specs in the doc file. No memory capacity, just supported memories.
    But it looks like it’s 4GB LPDDR3-1866 as per other comments. You can probably ask them to put other memory type / capacities if the board supports it.

  7. cortex-a72
    August 12th, 2017 at 10:36 | #7

    their site is down.

    Sorry, the site now can not be accessed.

    don’t even know if this “closed source binaries” made it useless, or hordes of open sourced fans. xD

  8. Jim st
    August 14th, 2017 at 18:12 | #8

    As I have switched to Armbian from a companies effort for another product, I will avoid closed efforts now if possible.

    Too much on this for a small development team

  9. Miranda Chen
    August 16th, 2017 at 15:33 | #9

    and 2GB+16GB optional

  10. Robert
    January 26th, 2018 at 23:51 | #10

    Went to the Videostrong website.
    The VS-RD-RK3399 webpage mentions RK3288 several times. And also Mali-T764 and Mali-T760.
    Downloads section is empty.
    And the Community/forum is in Chinese only.
    I gave up.
    What am I missing ?

  11. January 27th, 2018 at 09:35 | #11

    You’ll find a few more document @ https://www.cnx-software.com/2017/08/18/videostrong-vs-rd-rk3399-development-board-review-part-1-unboxing-kit-assembly-sdk-and-documentation/#vs-rd-rk3399-board-sdk-and-documentation

    and a test of Debian @ https://www.cnx-software.com/2017/09/25/checking-out-debian-and-linux-sdk-for-videostrong-vs-rd-rk3399-board/

    But AFAIK, there’s not really a community around that board, so you may have to rely on Firefly-RK3399. VS-RK3399 is probably better suited to companies with a specific project that work directly with VideoStrong.

  12. Robert
    January 27th, 2018 at 17:00 | #12

    Thanks for the links. I checked them out.
    I was actually hoping to download source code of (patched) drivers to compile clfs and Arch Linux Arm.
    I’m positive that I can get AOSP to compile (not all hardware is needed).

    Is Mecool a Videostrong label, or maybe the other way around ?
    I can’t find a Mecool website (only Gearbest), so I guess that it’s a Videostrong label.

    You’re probably right though, that Videostrong is not targeting lone developers and tiny companies.
    I’m probably better of with a Rock960 or a HiKey 960. The HiKey 960 is my first choice of all these boards. But no RJ45 Ethernet functionality on the HiKey 960 board still ticks me off. I would have to buy an adapter like the TP-Link UE300/UE330 to add wired local network and wired internet.

  13. Robert
    January 27th, 2018 at 17:22 | #13

    Forgot this. Firefly is ignoring me big time. I sent them a tweet that I’m not getting the email with verification code to register at their website : https://twitter.com/BobbyBabes/status/955463979811426304 But it received no response.
    Then, 2 days ago, I sent them an email through their website’s contact form. Again no response.
    Eight hours later, I also sent emails to the email addresses starting with [email protected] and [email protected] at their “Contact Us” page. Again no response.
    This doesn’t look good.

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