There’s no shortage of single-board computers aimed at developers, but the Firefly-RK3399 is the first to utilize Rockchip’s RK3399 hexa-core processor with two ARM Cortex-A72 and four ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores.
The makers of the Firefly-RK3399 board plan to begin shipping the system in March, assuming they raise at least $50,000 through a Kickstarter campaign.
Pledge levels start at $139 for a board with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
Update 6/3/2020: The Firefly-RK3399 is now available from the Firefly website for $149.
You can also pledge $199 or more for a model with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
Each board also has ARM Mali-T860 MP4 graphics, a microSD card slot and M.2 slot for storage for additional storage, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, 3.5mm audio, and S/PDIF ports, an Ethernet jack, 802.11ac WiFI, Bluetooth 4.0, and USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0 Type-C ports.
The board is aimed at developers/hackers, and also features a bunch of developer-friendly interfaces including a 42-pin GPIO header, a MIPI-CIS interface and dual signal image processor for up to two cameras.
The system supports Android 6.0 and Ubuntu 16.04 software and can support dual booting to let you flip back and forth between the two operating systems by rebooting.
The Firefly-RK3399 is positioned as a device that can be used as a PC, a server, or the foundation of DIY or development projects involving robotics, surveillance or other camera systems, virtual reality, automotive, or entertainment components.