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$35 open source RK3288 hacker SBC hits Indiegogo

May 12, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 2,532 views

A tiny open source “MiQi” SBC that runs Linux or Android on a Rockchip RK3288, with HDMI, GbE, four USB ports, and expansion headers has launched on Indiegogo.

A Shenzhen startup led by Benn Huang called MQMaker launched an Indiegogo campaign for a MiQi hacker board. The MiQi is available in packages starting at $35 (1GB RAM, 8GB eMMC) and $69 (2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC). Last September, the company successfully launched an open spec, OpenWrt Linux-based WiTi router board, now available for $69.

MQMaker MiQi
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The MiQi runs Android 5.1 or Lubuntu 14.04 on the Rockchip RK3288 SoC, which offers four Cortex-A17 cores clocked at 1.8GHz, plus a high-end Mali-T764 GPU capable of [email protected] video. The RK3288 SoC can be found in numerous Android media players, such as the Tronsmart Orion R28, as well as hacker SBCs including the Firefly-RK3288 and Reload boards and the Radxa Rock 2 Square. It recently appeared on the more commercial Boardcon EM3288 SBC.

MiQi top (left) and bottom views
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Despite being billed as an “open source” board, the MiQi is not yet supported with finely detailed specs. However, the basics are here, and if WiTi is any measure, MQMaker will eventually release full source code, schematics, and documentation.

MiQi details
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In addition to the two RAM/flash SKUs noted above, there’s a microSD slot for expansion. An HDMI 2.0 port handles video and audio duty, and a Gigabit Ethernet port connects to the outside world. The MiQi supplies four USB 2.0 host ports and what looks to be a micro-USB port for power. A serial debug port is also available.

The MiQi appears to be the same 86 x 56mm size as the Raspberry Pi, but it lacks a Pi-compatible expansion header. Instead it provides 12- and 16-pin headers. Options include a fan, heatsink, cables, an enclosure, and USB WiFi and DAC modules.

MiQi options

Preliminary specifications listed for the MiQi include:
  • Processor — Rockchip RK3288 (4x Cortex-A17 cores @ 1.8GHz); Mali-T764 GPU
  • Memory — 1GB or 2GB DDR3; 8GB or 32GB eMMC; microSD slot
  • Display — HDMI 2.0 port
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • 4x USB 2.0 host ports
    • Micro-USB port for power
    • Serial debug port
    • 12-pin and 16-pin expansion headers (2x UART, SPDIF, I2C, SPI, GPIO, PWM, 2-pin RTC battery input…)
  • Other features — Optional fan, heatsink, cable, enclosure, and USB WiFi and DAC modules
  • Operating system — Android 5.1 and Lubuntu 14.04 images

The MiQi Indiegogo campaign posted Antutu benchmark and Vellamo scores comparing the MiQi SBC to other hacker SBCs.

MiQi Antutu score and Vellamo benchmark comparisons to other hacker SBCs
(click images to enlarge; source: MQMaker)

Further information

The MiQi is available now on Indieogo, starting at $35 (1GB RAM, 8GB eMMC) and $69 (2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC), with a month to go to reach its $50,000 flexible funding goal. Shipment are due in July. More information may be found at the MiQi Indiegogo page and the MQMaker website. Please note: Indiegogo’s “flexible funding” option means the campaign “will receive all funds raised even if it does not reach its goal.”

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4 responses to “$35 open source RK3288 hacker SBC hits Indiegogo”

  1. Anthony Suarez says:

    How is this any different from Odroid C2?

    • Ronald Crump says:

      Odroid C2 has Mali 450 GPU

      This claims to have Mali T764 GPU

      Odroid C2 has an infra-red receiver but this does not have one.

      Odroid C2 has temperature sensor and power management but this does not appear to have such.

      Odroid C2 has full 40 pin GPIO header (but pins #37, #38 and #40 are not compatible with Raspberry Pi B+ 40pin header) whereas this has a 12 pin header and a 16 pin header.

      Before financially comitting to a product, it is always wise to view the activity and discussion on the product’s web site forum (if available) to get an idea of the level of support for a product.

  2. Free Software says:

    What is the status of Lima Open Source GPU driver development? Will this be supported?

    Bunni seems to be in favor of pushing FOSS, and if this is a truly Free (as in Freedom) board, then it could be a game changer.

    Otherwise, it’s “Just Another Non Free SBC.”

    • chip says:

      > What is the status of Lima Open Source GPU driver development?

      Not good I think. Here is the latest news from the site:

      2015-12-20: this project looking for developers, if you’d like to try, come to our IRC #lima 🙂

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