Realtek RTD1296 U-boot & Linux Source Code Released, RTD1619 Cortex A55 SoC Shows up in Code

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.

Synlogy actually released a Linux 4.4 tarball a while ago, but more recently SinoVoIP released Linux 4.9.119 and U-boot source code for RTD1296 in Github.

RTD1296 Linux Source CodeYou’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.

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fossxplorer
fossxplorer
1 year ago

So Banana Pi BPI-W2 can now boot Linux? Any reviews of this board to be seen? Pretty good I/O on this board!

tkaiser
tkaiser
1 year ago

See http://forum.banana-pi.org/c/Banana-pi-BPI-W2 — for whatever bizarre reasons no one is testing what this device will be bought for.

fossxplorer
fossxplorer
1 year ago

And it would be very attractive if we can use mPCIe to SATA bridge on this one ๐Ÿ™‚

tkaiser
tkaiser
1 year ago

LOL! BPI folks as usual tried to come up with a funny design. – the SoC has two PCIe lanes (1.1 x1 and 2.0 x1) – there is not a single mPCIe slot at all – instead there are 3 x M.2 slots. Great? Nope – 2 x key E (only Wi-Fi cards are available with key E) – 1 x key B (only USB2 on this connector) If they would’ve used 3 x mPCIe you could’ve done an awful lot more things with the two PCIe lanes. And then of course their support and documentation monkey does not write… Read more ยป

nobe
nobe
1 year ago

tkaiser, do you have some info on why orange pi guys didn’t release their rtd1296 board (orange pi R2) ?

tkaiser
tkaiser
1 year ago

Nope, all I know is ‘coming later this week for $79‘ ๐Ÿ˜‰

tkaiser
tkaiser
1 year ago

LOL! I’m so stupid. Back then when looking at the Orange Pi PCB I thought Xunlong wouldn’t make any use of PCIe lanes. But on the OPi R2 the RTL8822 PCIe chip BPi folks sell as an add-on card is already on the PCB to provide Wi-Fi and BT.

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