4K USB AI camera is powered by Rockchip RV1126 SoC with 2.0 TOPS NPU

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ThinkCore TC-RV1126 is a USB AI camera powered by Rockchip RV1126 quad-core Cortex-A7 processor with NPU 2.0 TOPS and equipped with Sony Starvis IMX415 CMOS image sensor with 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution.

The Linux-powered camera module has a USB Type-C port compatible with UVC and UAC protocols so it can work without drivers on Windows, Android, Linux, Mac OS and most other operating systems with a USB battery.

TC-RV1126 Camera Specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RV1126 Quad Core 1.5GHz Arm Cortex-A7 + 400MHz RISC-V MCU, 2D Graphics Engine, 2.0 TOPS NPU with INT8/INT16 support, 14M ISP
  • System memory – 2x DDR3 chip (128M x 16), so this should be 512MB RAM (TBC)
  • Storage – 1 Gbit SPI NAND Flash (128 MB)
  • Camera
    • Image Sensor – 1/2.8-inch 8MP Sony Starvis IMX415 CMOS sensor with night vision
    • Capture up to 3840×2160 at 30 fps
    • Supported Resolutions – 3840×2160, 1920×1080, 1600×896, 1280×720, 960×540, 640×480, 640×360, 320×240
    • Image output format – YUV, MJPEG, “Smart H.264”, “Smart H.265”
    • Fixed focus
    • Effective Focal Length (EFL) – 3.38mm
    • Aperture – F2.2
    • Field of View – Diagonal: 85.8°, Horizontal: 77.5°, Vertical: 48.8°
    • Optical structure – 6G + IR
    • Distortion – ≤17.8%
  • Microphone – Stereo microphone with a range of up to 5m
  • USB – 1 USB Type-C port for host communication and power supply; UVC 2.0 support for video and UAC 1.1 for audio
  • Power supply – 5V/1A via USB Type-C port
  • Dimensions – to be determined

4K USB AI Camera

We said “Tools, Drivers and Firmware” can be found at the following link, but there’s nothing there except a link to the Youyeetoo support forum without any reference to RV1126, and an email address. They can therefore only be available to customers.

Camera applications include online teaching, live streaming, video conferencing, video chatting, monitoring, etc. The company goes on to list some of the supported programs such as Tiktok, QQ, WeChat, Skype and many more, but since this is a standard USB camera, it will work as a webcam. That’s unless you want to use AI functionality, in which case a specific program should be used, or at least an API to integrate the camera into your own application. ThinkCore does not provide public information, but if we examine the wiki for the Firefly CAM-C1126S2U camera module, it is possible to use the RKNN Toolkitthe rockface facial recognition program from Rockchip or an SDK from ArcSoft.

The ThinkCore TC-RV1126 4K USB AI Camera is sold on Aliexpress for $69.82 including transport costs. It is unclear whether the plastic case is included or not. Those interested in purchasing in volume may wish to consult the product sheet on the ThinkCore website.

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