Creator CI20 SBC (MIPS+PowerVR)

The CI120 is a small(ish) Single Board Computer based on a MIPS CPU and an SGX GPU (PowerVR), which provides GPIO, I2C, SPI, USB, ADC, and UARTs via  header pins on the board. It has WiFi, Bluetooth, and also an IR receiver. There are dedicated JTAG and UART connectors.

One of the headers, which looks to have been tacked on as a bit of an afterthought, has the same layout as the Raspberry Pi 26 pin header, so many if the Pi add-on boards should be compatible.

The GPU is, as usual, driven by a closed source blob, though I have read that efforts are ongoing to open-source some or all of this. The WiFi driver also seems to need a firmware blob, so this probably applies to Bluetooth too.

Toolchain (use -EL with gcc for Little Endian code) has useful build information.

Source Code References

Kernel on GitHub – (3.0.8, 3.1.16, and 3.1.18 branches, and the 3.0.8 KitKat branch).

U-Boot on GitHub, DDR config –

RockBox have lots of links for JZ4740, most probably relevant  to JZ4780 –

Learning Resources

Imagination Community Learning Resources –

Secondary MIPS chips

There are two extra MIPS processors on the S0C, one in DMA and one in VPU. Both are available to program.

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