The ThinkCore TC-RV1126 is a USB AI camera powered by a Rockchip RV1126 quad-core Cortex-A7 processor with a 2.0 TOPS NPU and equipped with a Sony Starvis IMX415 CMOS image sensor with 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 ) Is provided.
The Linux-powered camera module features a USB Type-C connector that is compatible with UVC and UAC protocols, so it runs driver-free on Windows, Android, Linux, Mac OS, and most other operating systems with a USB stack can work.
Specifications of the TC-RV1126 camera:
- SoC – Rockchip RV1126 Quad-Core Arm Cortex-A7 @ 1.5GHz + RISC-V MCU @ 400MHz, 2D graphics engine, 2.0 TOPS NPU with support for INT8/INT16, 14M ISP
- System Memory – 2x DDR3 chips (128MB x 16), so that should be 512MB RAM (TBC).
- Memory – 1Gb (128MB) SPI NAND Flash
- Image Sensor – Sony Starvis IMX415 1/2.8-inch 8MP CMOS sensor with night vision
- Record 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 5 m
- USB – 1x USB Type-C connector for communication with host and power supply; Support for UVC 2.0 for video and UAC 1.1 for audio
- Power Supply – 5V/1A via USB Type-C port
- Dimensions – open
We said “Tools, Drivers and Firmware” can be found at the link below, but there is nothing there except a link to the Youyeetoo support forum without any reference to RV1126 and an email address. As such, they may only be available to customers.
Applications for the camera include online teaching, live broadcasting, video conferencing, video chatting, surveillance and more. The company still lists some of the supported programs like Tiktok, QQ, WeChat, Skype and many more, but since it’s a standard USB camera, it only works like a webcam. Unless you want to use the AI capabilities, in which case a specific program or at least an API would have to be used to integrate the camera into your own application. ThinkCore doesn’t provide any public information, but if we look at the wiki for the Firefly CAM-C1126S2U camera module, it’s possible to use the RKNN toolkit, Rockchip’s Rockface facial recognition program, or an SDK from ArcSoft.
ThinkCore TC-RV1126 4K USB AI Camera is sold on Aliexpress for $69.82 including shipping. It’s unclear if the plastic case is included or not. People interested in buying in bulk should check out the product page on ThinkCore’s website.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time job before quitting his job as Software Engineering Manager and later in 2011 started writing daily news and reviews full-time.
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