Getting Started

Learn about your MediaTek X20 board as well as how to prepare and set up for basic use

Setup - What you will need



  • MicroSD card with adapter
    • For quick and easy switching between operating systems and extra storage
  • Mezzanine Products
    • These devices allow you to expand your experience with any 96Boards by adding peripherals and enhancing onboard components
  • USB to MicroUSB cable
    • This is needed for serial console interface and fastboot/adb commands
  • USB to ethernet adapter and ethernet cable
    • For connecting to a network without using WiFi

Out of the Box

The following subsections should describe how to get started with the MediaTek X20 using the release build shipped with the boards. The MediaTek X20 Development Board is ready to use “out of the box” with a pre-installed version of Android.


Component Description
SoC Helio X20
CPU 2x ARM Cortex-A72 @ 2.1GHz ~ 2.3GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.95GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.4GHz
GPU ARM Mali-T880 GPU operating at up to 800MHz
PMU MT6351
Storage 8GB eMMC5.1 on board storage MicroSD card slot
Ethernet Port USB2.0 expansion
Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n + Bluetooth® wireless technology 4.1
USB 2 x USB2.0 Host 1 x USB 2.0 OTG
Display 1 x HDMI 1.4 (Type A - full) 1 x MIPI-DSI HDMI output up to FHD 1080P
Video 1080p@30 fps HD video encoding, supporting 1080p@30 fps HD camera 1080p@30 fps HD video decoding Supports H.264, SVC, MPEG1/2/4, H.263, VC-1, WMV9, DivX, RV8/9/10, AVS, VP8
Audio HDMI output
Camera One 4-lane MIPI camera serial interface(CSI), one 2-lane MIPI CSI
Expansion Interface 40 pin low speed expansion connector: +1.8V, +5V, SYS_DCIN, GND, UART, I2C, SPI, PCM, PWM,GPIO x12 60 pin high speed expansion connector: SDIO, MIPI_DSI, MIPI_CSI
LED 1 x WiFi activity LED(Yellow) 1 x BT activity LED (Blue) 4 x User LEDs (Green)
Button Power Button : Button Power on/off & Reset the system
Power Source 8V~18V@3A, Plug specification is inner diameter 1.7mm and outer diameter 4.8mm
OS Support Android Marshmallow 6.0
Size 85mm x 54mm


  • Uncommon BPS rate of 921600.
  • HDMI EDID display data is used to determine the best display resolution. On monitors and TVs that support 1080p(or less) this resolution will be selected. This selected mode will work with most but not all monitors/TVs. See below for further information on what to do if your monitor/TV does not display the UI. There are limitations on the usage of the USB ports on the MediaTek X20 Development Board. Please refer to the Hardware section in the document for further information.

Starting the board for the first time

The MediaTek X20 comes preloaded with Android and can be up and running with a few simple steps

  • Connect the HDMI cable to the MediaTek X20 Development Board connector (marked CON6501) and to the LCD Monitor
  • Set the the third pin (USB HOST SET) of switch SW3205 to the position ON and connect the keyboard to USB connector marked CON6402 and the mouse to the USB connector marked CON6401 (It doesn’t matter which order you connect them in.)
  • Plug the power supply into the power outlet
  • Press down the button (marked SW3201), and keep more than 3 seconds, the Android system will start

Note: If set the first pin (AUTO_BOOT_SET) of switch SW3205 to the position ON, the Android system will start automatically when the power supply is plugged into the power outlet.

Updating to a new release or change your operating system

If you are already familiar with the MediaTek X20 board and would like to change out the stock operating system please proceed to one of the following pages:

  • Downloads page**: This page lists all Linaro and 3rd party operating systems available for MediaTek X20
  • Installation page: If you already have the images you need, this page has information on how to install the different operating systems onto your MediaTek X20 board
  • Board Recovery
    • If at any time your board is having unexplainable issues, it is suggested to attempt a board recovery. These instructions will guide you through a succesfull board recovery.
  • Troubleshooting
    • From bug reports and current issues, to forum access and other useful resources, we want to help you find answers