Media centers based on Realtek RTD1295 or RTD1296 processors have been around for a few years. They usually run both Android and OpenWrt operating systems for respectively media functions (4K video playback, HDMI input recording…), and NAS functions like file sharing. media downloads, etc…. SinoVoIP also unveiled Banana Pi BPI-W2 board powered by RTD1296 last year, but so far I was not aware of any source code for the target.
You’ll find instructions to build from source, and flash the resulting U-boot and Kernel image from the Github page. There’s also some mainline Linux support for RTD1295, but maybe this release will help further speed up mainline support.
Beside code for RTD129x (RTD1295/RTD1296), we’ll find references to RTD139x (RTD1395) a cost-down version of RTD1295, as well RTD16xx, more specifically RTD1619, an hexa-core Cortex A55 processor with some interesting features according to the device tree files:
- Mali Midgard GPU
- HDMI Tx, HDMI Rx
- SATA, PCIe, USB 3.0
There are four DTS files that normally describe boards listed with RTD16xx processor: Realtek_Mjolnir_2GB (with or without NAND flash), Realtek_Rescue_1GB, and Realtek_Thor_FPGA.
Thanks to Nobe for the tip.