Rockchip RK1808 Datasheet, TRM, Schematics and Linux SDK Released

Rockchip RK1808 is the first chip from the company fully dedicated to artificial intelligence applications. The Neural Processing Unit (NPU) features an accelerator delivering up to 3.0 TOPS and is coupled with two low power Arm Cortex-A35 cores allowing it to run Linux.

We’ve had the specifications for RK1808 for a while, but the company has recently posted hardware and software resources on their open source website.

Rockchip RK1808 Block DiagramOn the hardware side we’ve got:

  • RK1808 Technical Reference Manual (TRM)
  • RK1808 datasheet
  • PDF Schematics for the company’s official RK1808-EVB

On the software side we can get the Linux SDK from Github as explained in the Wiki:


Finally configure the build and start the build process:


After a while, or more accurately close to two hours on a Laptop with Ryzen 7 2700U processor, 8GB RAM, and hard drive, we’ll get U-boot, Linux, buildroot based rootfs, and firmware files and in IMAGE/RK1808-EVB-V10_20190430.1810_RELEASE_TEST/ directory:


Now the only available development board is the RK1808-EVB from Rockchip which won’t be for sale to the general maker community, so we may have to patiently wait until one of the SBC’s companies decides to design one.

Thanks to Jon for the tip.

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