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T-Firefly reveals modular PC with Rockchip SoC

Apr 1, 2023 — by Giorgio Mendoza 2,345 views

T-Firefly introduced a PC with modular design powered by the Octa-core Rockchip RK3588 processor. The Station P3D can be configured with multiple display ports, Ethernet ports and serial ports to target diverse user applications.

The Station P3D features the Rockchip RK3588 processor seen most recently on mini PCs such as the PlanetPC XR series or the FET3588-C System-on-Module from Forlinx.

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Rockchip RK3588 block diagram
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It appears that there will be six different expansion modules that provide multiple display interfaces (up to 7x HDMI ports), ethernet ports (up to 5x RJ45), USB ports (up to 9x USB ports) and serial ports (up to 3x RS232). It also seems that there will be a multi-HiFi module as shown below.


Station P3D modules
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All of these modules seem to include at least 2x HDMI ports, 1x HDMI in 1x GbE LAN port, 1x USB type-C port, 2x USB 3.1 ports, 1x MicroSD card slot and 1x 3.5mm audio jack.

   
Station P3D peripherals
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The product page indicates that T-Firefly will provide support for Android 12.0, Ubuntu, Buildroot, RTLinux and other Linux distributions. However, the wiki page for this product doesn’t seem to be up yet.

Specification listed for the standard Station P3D:

  • Memory/Storage:
    • Up to 32 GB LPDDR4/LPDDR4x/LPDDR5
    • Up to 256 GB eMMC
    • 1x MicroSD Card slot
  • Expansion:
    • M.2 PCIe3.0 NVMe SSD (2242/2260/2280)
    • SATA 2.0
  • Display/Audio:
    • 1x HDMI 2.1 (8K@60fps)
    • 1x HDMI 2.0 (4K@60fps)
    • 1x DP1.4 (8K@30fps),
    • 1x VGA (1080P@60fps)
    • 1x HDMI IN (4K@60fps)
    • 3.5mm Audio jack
  • Connectivity:
    • 2x RJ45 GbE LAN
    • 2.4GHz/5Ghz Wi-Fi 6
    • Bluetooth 5.0
    • 5G/4G LTE (optional)
  • USB:
    • 5x USB 3.1 port
    • 1x USB Type-C (DP1.4/OTG)
  • Other Features:
    • Power button
  • Power:
    • 12V DC (Via barrel jack)
  • Operating Temperature:
    • -20℃ to 60℃
  • Mechanical:
    • 127.6 x 127.6 x 72.5mm
    • 1kg
    • Aluminum alloy enclosure

Further information

The Station P3D product can be found here, but it doesn’t provide details about pricing or availability. 

(Update 4/15/23 – A representative from T-Firefly mentioned that “Due to further testing requirements, we have temporarily removed both Station P3D and Station P3 from Firefly website.”)

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