LuckFox Pico is a small Linux camera board based on the Rockchip RV1103 Cortex-A7 and RISC-V AI camera SoC and offered with an Ethernet port in a longer version of the PCB called LuckFox Pico Plus.
Both models come with 64MB RAM (apparently embedded in RV1103), a microSD card slot for storage, a MIPI CSI camera connector, a USB Type-C port for power, and a few through holes for expansion through GPIO, I2C, UART, and so on.
LuckFox Pico and Pico Plus specifications:
- SoC – Rockchip RV1103 with Arm Cortex-A7 processor @ 1.2GHz, RISC-V core, 64MB DDR2, 0.8 TOPS NPU, 4M @ 30 fps USP
- MicroSD card slot
- LuckFox Plus only – 1Gbit (128MB) SPI flash (W25N01GV)
- Camera – 2-lane MIPI CSI connector
- Networking (LuckFox Pico Plus only) – 10/100M Ethernet RJ45 port
- USB – USB 2.0 Host/Device Type-C port
- Expansion – 2x 20-pin headers with up to 24x GPIOs, 18x PWM, 4x UART, 1x SPI, 2x I2C, 2x ADC, 5V, 3.3V, and GND
- Misc – User LED, Boot button, Test pads for USB, BOOT, Microphone, and Ethernet (On LuckFox Pico only for the latter).
- Power Supply – 5V via USB-C port
- LuckFox Pico – 51 x 21 mm
- LuckFox Pico Plus – 72 x 21 mm
The Rockchip RV1103 boards run a lightweight version of Linux with Busybox that boots from a microSD card on the Pico board and from the SPI flash on the Pico Plus board. LuckFox provides instructions to get started, links to the images, PDF schematics, along further information in the wiki. A VirtualBox image with the Linux toolchain and code sample is provided for Windows users, but you can also access the SDK on GitHub.
A USB to UART debug board and a USB Type-A to Type-C cable are also needed to get started, and if you want to make use the the MIPI CSI connector, the company provides a 3MP camera module based on the SmartSens SC3336 CMOS camera sensor.
LuckFox envisions the board finding its way into Smart Home devices, industrial automation, robots and drones, smart monitoring devices, smart transportation solutions, and some medical devices.
The LuckFox Pico and LuckFox Pico Plus Linux camera boards can be purchased on Aliexpress for $10.79 to $16.19 plus shipping with the price depending on the selected model and whether soldered headers are required. The camera can be found on a separate page on Aliexpress for about $15. You’ll also find the boards on LuckFox’s own store and Waveshare.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.