FriendlyARM NanoPi R4S

April 17th, 2021
  • The NanoPi R4S (as “R4S“) is an open source platform with dual-Gbps Ethernet ports designed and developed by FriendlyElec for IoT applications.

  • The NanoPi R4S uses the RK3399 SoC. It has two Gbps Ethernet ports and 1G/4G RAM.

  • FriendlyElec ported an OpenWrt system for it. It works with Docker CE. It is a good platform for developing IoT applications, NAS applications, smart home gateways etc.

  • This is a great product that is ideal for use as an Internet gateway. I was able to create a custom build of the popular OPNsense firewall and FreeBSD 13.0-RELEASE for this device. And it works great.

Hardware Spec

Board Specifications  

SoC Model

Rockchip RK3399 – Hexacore
2x Cortex-A72 + 4x Cortex-A53
SoC Architecture ARMv8-A 64-bit
CPU Frequency A72 : 2.0GHz, A53 : 1.5GHz
Memory  
RAM 1GB DDR3 or 4GB LPDDR4
microSD Slot 1
External Interfaces  
Gigabit LAN Port (1Gbe) one Native Gigabit Ethernet, and one PCIe Gigabit Ethernet
USB 3.0 2xType-A
Developer Interfaces  
2×5-pin header SPIx1, I2Cx1
4-pin header USB 2.0
Debug One Debug UART, 3Pin 2.54mm header, 3V level, 1500000bps
Others  
LEDs 1 x power LED and 3 x GPIO Controlled LED
Power supply DC 5V/3A, via USB-C connector or Pin header
PCB 8 Layer, 66 mm x 66 mm
Temperature range 0℃ to 80℃
Reset button 1

From these links you can download the SD card installation images for
FreeBSD 13.0-RELEASE and OPNsense 21.1

FreeBSD-aarch64-13.0-RELEASE-NanoPi-R4S-20210420.img.xz

OPNsense-21.1-OpenSSL-aarch64-NANOPI-R4S-20210417.img.xz

Boards

Helios64 Case

January 1st, 2021

Helios64 is a powerful ARM board specially designed for Network Attached Storage.

This product was developed by Kobol TEAM and announced on January 2, 2020.

It harnesses its processing capabilities from the Rockchip RK3399 SoC.

Links

NAS

Radxa Team

May 12th, 2021
  • Radxa Team is a startup founded 2013, focusing on design, manufacture and sell Open Source Hardware products.
  • Radxa® also provides custom designing, prototyping and software/hardware integration services.
  • Radxa® is pronounced as [reksə].
    The name is from the Latin word radix which means root.
  • Radxa® is a registered trade mark by Radxa Limited in Shenzhen, China.

Radxa Team is a group of young people who love computers and all kinds of geeks.

JackJimLuffyPrinceTomYao
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SoftwareSoftwareOperationHardwareProduct ManagerSoftware

Links

Rock Pi: http://rockpi.org/

Forums: https://forum.radxa.com/

Wiki: https://wiki.radxa.com/

Vendors

Firefly Station P2

May 12th, 2021

Overview of Station P2

RK3568 quad-core 64-bit processor
RK3568 quad-core 64-bit Cortex-A55 processor, with brand new ARM v8.2-A architecture, has frequency up to 2.0GHz — the efficiency is greatly improved. With 22nm lithography process, it features low power consumption and high performance.

8GB large RAM, all-data-link ECC
Supporting up to 8GB RAM, with up to 32Bit width and frequency up to 1600MHz, it supports all-data-link ECC, making data safer and more reliable. The large RAM fits the needs of smoothly running apps with large amount of data and high speed requirements.

Integrated co-processors — GPU, VPU, NPU

It is integrated with dual-core GPU, high-performance VPU and high-efficiency NPU. The GPU supports OpenGL ES3.2/2.0/1.1, Vulkan1.1. The VPU can achieve 4K 60fps H.265/H.264/VP9 video decoding and 1080P 100fps H.265/ H.264 video encoding. The NPU supports one-click switching of mainstream frameworks like Caffe/TensorFlow.

4K HDR vision
The new video engine VPU can easily decode H.265/HEVC/VP9 4K HDR videos, supports 3840×2160@60Hz ultra-HD output and HDR10 — optimizes the dynamic range and details of the image frame by frame, enhances the image quality and color performance, delivering clear and vibrant vision experience.

Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports
The dual adaptive RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet ports, through which internal and external network data can be accessed and transmitted, improves the network transmission efficiency. Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports deliver better network scalability, and can be used in scenarios such as setting up family gigabit network, DIY gigabit router, soft router, OpenWrt.

Powerful wireless network communication
WiFi 6 (802.11ax) wireless network communication is supported, with the maximum bandwidth reaches 160MHz and the highest speed reaches 9.6Gbps — the speed is greatly improved than WiFi 5. And, WiFi 6 delivers lower packet loss rate and retransmission rate, making the transmission more stable and secure.

Onboard M.2 and SATA3.0 interfaces
The onboard M.2 PCIe3.0 and SATA3.0 interfaces can be connected with an M.2 NVMe SSD and a 2.5-inch SATA SSD/HDD respectively, owning the advantages of high-speed reading and writing and large capacity.

RS485 and RS232 interface extension
The configured Control Port (RJ45) provides one RS485 and two RS232, through which you can connect to external devices with RS485/RS232 serial port to control more external devices flexibly and create more fun ways to play.

Excellent heat dissipation

Toothed aluminium alloy case in matte black under high-precision CNC machining and with good air flow design makes excellent heat dissipation, even without fans.

A variety of interfaces
HDMI2.0, USB3.0, USB2.0 x 2, Control Port (RS485 x 1, RS232 x 2), Type-C (OTG), LAN x 2, TF CARD and other interfaces are provided.

Configured with Geek System

Station OS (Firefly Geek System) brings you living room playing experience. Just connect the TV or display at home to build a home entertainment center to enjoy movies and games with high-definition and big-screen viewing.

Various systems and boot ways supported
It supports to upgrade to Android, Ubuntu, Linux+QT, Station OS and other systems, and supports to boot the system via TF card, U disk, EMMC, etc. Diverse supporting systems make entertainment, work, programming learning, creative development all easy.

Station application programs and forums
Station application programs, including WeChat mini program, app and website, through which you can play videos, remotely control, remotely download and so on, enable you to play the geek computer anywhere anytime. Besides, forums with tremendous creative ideas and fun are waiting for you.

Boards

Firefly Team

May 12th, 2021

Firefly is a Team formed in 2014 by T-Chip Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd, focused on the research and development of open source intelligent hardware.

Firefly creates a platform full of scientific and technological creativity that makes product research and development efficient and simple so that creators can collect ideas and share them all together.

T-Chip Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. specializes in providing hardware and software services and is committed to lowering the threshold for technological innovation to accelerate the integration of smart technology and life.

Firefly has released over 10 platforms and attracted over 200 000 community developers.

Firefly specializes in multi-platform application development as well as cloud service support, hardware schematics, and industrial design.

Firefly launches a series of products under the Station PC brand.

Station PC is the new Firefly series of single board computers that continues the open source functionality of Firefly and is more suitable for computer geeks.

In addition to its powerful configuration, this series is also supported by multiple operating systems, dedicated apps and player forums, allowing you to play and unleash your full creativity.

Links

Vendors

FreeNAS Promo for AARCH64

April 18th, 2021

This video demonstrates how my FreeNAS build for the AARCH64 architecture works.

Promo

Radxa Rock Pi N10

April 18th, 2021

The solution is based on the Rochchip RK3399Pro processor.

This chip contains six processing cores – the Cortex-A72 duo clocked at up to 1.8 GHz and the Cortex-A53 quartet at up to 1.4 GHz.

The integrated Mali-T860 MP4 GPU controller with support for OpenGL ES 1.1–3.2, OpenVG1.1, OpenCL 1.2 and DX 11 is responsible for graphics processing.

It is important to note that the processor includes a specialized NPU designed to accelerate the execution of operations related to artificial intelligence.

The amount of LPDDR3 RAM ranges from 4 GB to 8 GB. Up to 64GB eMMC 5.1 flash drive and microSD card slot are provided. Additionally, up to 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD can be installed. The single board computer measures 100 × 100 mm. The product is equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet network controller. There are two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 OTG connector, an HDMI 2.0 interface and a standard 3.5mm audio jack.

The Rock Pi N10 starts at $99. It talks about compatibility with software platforms Debian 10, Ubuntu 18.04, Fedora 28 and Android 8.1.

I was able to build a FreeBSD 13.0-RELEASE boot image for this device, it allows you to install the operating system on an eMMC flash, NVMe SSD or USB HDD.

Boards

Pinebook Pro

January 11th, 2021

Pinebook Pro

The Pinebook Pro is a Linux and *BSD ARM laptop from PINE64

It features an IPS 1080p 14″ LCD panel, a premium magnesium alloy shell, high capacity eMMC storage, a 10,000 mAh capacity battery, and the modularity that only an open source project can deliver.

Key features include: the RK3399 SOC; USB-C for data, video-out and power-in (3A 5V); privacy switches for the microphone, BT/WiFi module, and camera; and expandable storage via NVMe (PCIe 4x) with an optional adapter.

The Pinebook Pro is equipped with 4GB LPDDR4 system memory, high capacity eMMC flash storage, and 128Mb SPI boot Flash. The I/O includes: 1x micro SD card reader (bootable), 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB type C Host with DP 1.2 and power-in, PCIe 4x for an NVMe SSD drive (requires an optional adapter), and UART (via the headphone jack by setting an internal switch).

The keyboard and trackpad both use the USB 2.0 protocol. The LCD panel uses eDP MiPi display protocol.

Many different Operating Systems (OS) are freely available from the open source community and partner projects. These include various flavors of Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, Manjaro, etc.), NetBSD and OpenBSD.

We will be installing FreeBSD on Pinebook Pro.

For this we need

  1. Modified Mainline U-Boot.
  2. Patches to the FreeBSD kernel.

Boards

Pine64

January 11th, 2021

History

Pine64 initially operated as Pine Microsystems Inc. (Fremont, California), founded by TL Lim, the inventor of the PopBox and Popcorn Hour series of media players sold under the Syabas and Cloud Media brands.

In 2015 Pine Microsystems offered its first product, the Pine A64, a single-board computer designed to compete with the popular Raspberry Pi in both power and price. The A64 was first funded through a Kickstarter crowdfunding drive in December 2015 which raised over $1.7 million. The Kickstarter project was overshadowed by delays and shipping problems. The original Kickstarter page referred to the Pine64 Inc. based in Delaware, but all devices for the Kickstarter campaign were manufactured and sold by Pine Microsystems Inc. based in Fremont, California.

In January 2020, Pine Microsystems Inc. was dissolved while Pine Store Limited was incorporated on December 5, 2019 in Hong Kong. As of late 2020, the standard form contract of pine64.com binds all orders to the laws of Malaysia, while the products are shipped from warehouses in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, PRC.

Vendors

Kobol Team

January 7th, 2021

The Kobol Team is a group of passionate people based in Singapore who love to build and design their own network and data storage appliances. Our background ranges from aerospace industry to data science, gathering a wide spectrum of engineering skills and experiences. We strongly believe in open source and always held the vision to create an open platform to let people express their creativity and hack around. Helios4, the Open Source and Open Hardware Network Attached Storage, was our first project and our way to contribute back to the OSS community. After this first successful project, we decided to create the company Kobol Innovations Pte. Ltd. and to put all our energy in extending our range of NAS products and solutions.

KOBOL INNOVATIONS PTE. LTD. (the “Company”) is a Exempt Private Company Limited by Shares, incorporated on 22 June 2018 (Friday) in Singapore. The address of the Company’s registered office is at the TONG ENG BUILDING building. The Company’s principal activity is development of other software and programming activities n.e.c. with manufacture of computers and peripheral equipment n.e.c. as the secondary activity.

Vendors

Helios64 boad

January 7th, 2021
Helios64 Top View

Hardware Specifications

Soc
SoC ModelRockchip RK3399 – Hexacore
2x Cortex-A72 + 4x Cortex-A53
SoC ArchitectureARMv8-A 64-bit
CPU FrequencyA72 : 1.8GHz, A53 : 1.4GHz
Additional FeaturesGPU Mali-T860MP4
Memory
LPDDR4 RAM4GB
eMMC 5.1 NAND Flash16GB
SPI NOR Flash128Mb
HDD/SSD Interfaces
SATA 3.0 Ports5
M.2 SATA 3.0 Slot1 (shared with SATA port 1)
Max Raw Capacity80 TB (16 TB drive x 5)
External Interfaces
Multi-Gigabit LAN Port (2.5Gbe)1
Gigabit LAN Port (1Gbe)1
USB Type-C1
USB 3.03
microSD (SDIO 3.0)1
Developer Interfaces
GPIO16
I2C1
UEXT1
Others
PWM FAN2
On-Board HDD Poweryes
Built-in UPSyes
RTC Batteryyes
DC inputDual 12V inputs
Wake-on-LANyes
Front Panel Extensionyes

Boards