Getting Started

Learn about your TB-96AI board as well as how to prepare and set up for basic use

Setup - What you will need


  • TB-96AIoT
    • SOM based on the RK1808 Application Processor and NPU
  • 96Boards SOM Carrier Board
    • SOM Baseboard
  • Power adapter
    • 96Boards specifications requires a 8V-18V with 2000mA Power adapter
  • Typc C to Type A Cable
    • To connect Baseboard to PC

Out of the Box

The following subsections should describe how to get started with the TB-96AIoT SoM.


Component Description
SoC: Rockchip RK1808(22nm FD-SOI) with Dedicated NPU
CPU: ARM Dual Cortex-A35@1.6GHz
NPU: Support 8bit/16bit operation, computing power up to 3.0TOPS
Support TensorFlow, Caffe model
VPU: 1080p@60P H.264 Decoder
1080p@30P H.264 Encoder
RAM: Optional configuration with the following options:
Storage: Optional configuration with the following options:
128GB eMMC
Connectivity: Built-in WiFi/BT module, reserved antenna holder, can be directly inserted into the antenna.
Built-in Gigabit Ethernet PHY chip, 10/100/1000Mbps adaptive.
Camera: MIPI-CSI,Maximum support 1920 × 1080 resolution
Display Interface: One MIPI-DSI interface, up to 1920×1080@60fps display output
USB: Type C: USB3.0 DRM ×1
Expansion Interface: PCIE×1
UART Debug×1
SD Card ×1
OS Support: Linux
Mechanical: 150mm×50mm×1.6mm 96Boards SoM standard dimensions specifications.
SoM Connectors X1 X2

Starting the board for the first time

  • Insert the TB-96AIoT SoM in the 96Boards Carrier Board as Shown in the figure above, making sure that connectors X1 and X2 are bing utilised.
  • Configure the MUX Switches on the Carrier Board as follows
    • The switches for TB-96AIoT are configured as follows
    • All switch on S1,S2,S6,S7 ,S10,S11,S12,S14,S15, config to disconnect.
    • All switch on S8,S9 config to connect for TFcard
    • Bit2 & Bit3 on S16 config to connect.
    • Bit1 & Bbit2 on S5 config to connect fot debug uart
    • Bit4 on S3 config to connect for debug uart
    • Bit1 & Bit2 on S13 config to connect for USB
  • Connect the TYPEC to PC
  • Long press and hold the Maskrom button as shown in the following figure.
  • Insert power supply.
  • Continue to the Installation page.

What’s Next?

If you are already familiar with the TB-96AIoT 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 TB-96AIoT
  • Installation page: If you already have the images you need, this page has information on how to install the different operating systems onto your TB-96AIoT board
  • Support
    • From bug reports and current issues, to forum access and other useful resources, we want to help you find answers

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