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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.

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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-20210720.img.xz

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

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