Rockbox Status on Various Targets
This page is a list of the various Rockbox targets, both past and present. Their development status is described beneath each individual entry and further information can be found by following the associated links. Sometimes they merely point to interesting projects or ideas that may or may not lead to Rockbox being ported. Feel free to start contributing to them!
Current status of stable targets
In Rockbox, the term "Stable" means that a port has the following parts completed:
- A main Rockbox build that enables the device to be used as a digital music player. Rockbox does not support charging or USB on every player, and in those cases the port must support dual-booting into the original firmware to enable those features.
- End-user installation instructions for the three major operating systems (Linux, OS X and Windows), including instructions for dual-boot where it is required to meet the previous criteria;
- A released bootloader;
- Binary releases of any required installation tools (for all three major OSes).
Whilst every effort is made to try and ensure a manual
is available for every supported target, these are not always available immediately when a port reaches "supported" status. Similarly, integration into Rockbox Utility
may not always be available.
The following table sumarises the current status of the current builds for supported devices.
- On some 1st generation iPods, the scrollwheel is unusable - see FS#8745
- Charging works but at a reduced rate compared to the retail firmware
Individual port pages can be out of date, as they usually aren't actively maintained once the port becomes supported.
New Platforms Currently Under Development
There is little point in merely suggesting new platforms for the "team" to port Rockbox to. If someone has sufficient interest and skills to port Rockbox to a new platform, it will be done. If not, people expressing their wish to see Rockbox on yet another player does not help much.
If you truly
want to see Rockbox happening on a new platform, you should start collecting as much info as possible about it with great detail. Post the info in a wiki page or the forum thread related to the device and start figuring out what similarities the new player has with existing supported players. Hopefully you and your friends will get enough info about it to enable someone to write code for it and eventually start porting Rockbox. See NewPort
for further details.
The following targets have code in SVN but have been judged insufficiently mature to be supported, usually because a critical function (such as sound, display, etc is incomplete or unstable).
Pre-development projects are in the hunting and gathering stage. These devices have no code written for them. Usually more firmware and hardware disassembly are needed to gather enough information to begin actually working on these ports.
Archos Multimedia AV1XX series
for information about these players.
Archos Multimedia AV3XX series
for preliminary work on a port.
Archos Multimedia AV4XX series
Not supported by Rockbox, see ArchOpen
Archos PMA series
Not supported by Rockbox, see ArchOpen
There was a strong attempt made to port Rockbox to the Gmini, and you could in fact boot Rockbox, but the work on this port stalled when the only really active developer vanished. See the Gmini port
for more. A port for the 40x series was also thought about at one point, pictures can be found here
. There is another project to code for it, see archopen.org
Apple iPod Shuffle 1st Generation
There are scans of the Shuffle here
, but there hasn't been any activity on it in a while.
Apple iPod Nano 3G
Apple iPod Nano 4G
Someone's player broke and they were kind enough to post scans of the interior before tossing it in the trash. Images are located here
Cowon iAudio U3
For hardware details and some info see the IaudioU3Info
page. This is an ARM-based player.
based little thing. On the Cowon A2 page
there's a link to the source code of their Linux firmware
Cowon iAudio I5/G2/U2
These three players all use the Sigmatel STMP3520 chipset, which is presumably similar to the STMP3550 used in the iPod Shuffle. These have a Motorola DSP core, for which there is no freely available C compiler.
Sigmatel beast, the firmware is similar to the ZVM. See CreativeZEN
Creative ZEN X-Fi
Sigmatel beast, based on the STMP3760. See CreativeZENXFi
Creative Zen Touch
-based, like many of its Creative brothers. See CreativeZenTouch
Creative Zen Nano Plus/Non-Plus
The chipset implemented in this device (SigmaTel 3520) is similar to that of the iPod Shuffle, and is the same as in the iAudio I5/G2/U2, as well as the MobiBLU DAH-1500i. A free compiler for the chip does not exist. The Plus models have an FM tuner on-board, the TEA5767
Creative Zen V Plus/Non-Plus
device. More info can be found here
Dell Digital Jukebox
These are being put next to the Creative players because they contain the same hardware as the early NOMAD/ZEN players from Creative, OEMed to Dell Computer. Still TMS320-based, and some preliminary information can be found at the DellDJPort
iriver E series
iriver H10 Jr.
These small flash-based players from iriver are similar internally to their T series. Some basic info is up at the iriver H10 Jr. port page
There was an effort to port Rockbox to the iriver iFP flash-based DAPs; a working sim could be compiled for the iFP-7xx series. The port effort seems to have stalled as of late. See IriverIfpPort
for more information.
Based on the TI DM270
chip, running uclinux.
Kingston K-PEX/Cenix GMP-M6
based player produced by Kingston Technologies. It is a rebranded Cenix GMP-M6, which is from Korea. See KingstonKPEX
The HD20A7 and HD30A9 are HDD players with a 'Clear Digital Amp'. Their adapted Linux kernel source
is identical to the one used for the Tosbiba Gigabeat players
which means the Kenwood players use the same 300MHz Samsung S3C2440 ARM9. They might share more components (like the 2.2" 240x320 LCD).
The Zune is being manufactured by Toshiba and is assumed to be based at least in part on hardware used in the Gigabeat S Series. A port is currently not in development, but the feasibility of one is being discussed in the forum
. If a port were to occur, development would likely occur concurrently or after development on the Gigabeat S Series.
The chipset implemented in this device (SigmaTel 3520) is similar to that of the iPod Shuffle, and is the same as in the iAudio I5/G2/U2, as well as the Creative Zen Nano. The mp3 player itself 0.94 inches in all dimensions, and features a 96x64 pixel OLED screen. Memory is implemented in 512 MB / 1 GB / 2 GB increments. The head phone jack serves as the USB port as well. The right side of the device sports a circular touch panel, and the left side contains a menu and a hold button. On the bottom is the reset button. The core of the chip is a Motorola 56K DSP; if no compiler can be found, one will be created. Development info is here: MobibluPort
There was once a fork off Rockbox for the Neo series of mp3 players. They never contributed anything back and we soon abandoned all attempts to support those models. The fork is known as OpenNeo
. The Neo units are sh1-based ones and the OpenNeo
project is a fork off a somewhat old Rockbox. The main thing stopping Rockbox from running on Neo is (probably) only a little initializing code.
Neuros (Older Series)
finally did release their firmware as open source. Unfortunately, their hardware is completely DSP-based (no CPU) and there is no freely available development environment to build it. A GCC port project
exists but has been labelled inactive since August 2007. Instead, you can build your own firmware
using a 90-day evaluation version of the TI compiler. See http://open.neurosaudio.com/
for more info.
There was talk at one point of these players coming packaged with Rockbox as stock firmware, but several years have past. Here is an IRC log
from a meeting in September 2005 between Neuros and core Rockbox developers. The CEO of Neuros could often have been found on the IRC channel under the nickname JoeBorn.
Philips GoGear 3100 Series
The GoGear 3100 series are SigmaTel-based DAPs. See the GoGear 3100 page
for more information.
Philips GoGear SA5245/SA5285
target; these DAPs used a PP5003 SoC
(dual core ARM7) and had a few internal parts that were similar to the early iPods. The RioKarmaPort
page has more information.
RCA Lyra AV (RD 2780)
RCA has released the source for this player. DM270
based. You can find out more information here
Rockchip 27xx based players
Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics produce a few different family of SoC
for portable devices which are used in many generic so called MP5 players. There are some technical documents floating around for RK27xx family which makes it potential platform for rockbox. Rockchip27xx
is the place where informations about this platform are gathered.
Samsung SA58xxx series
Samsung YH-J50 / YH-J70
is a flash-player with an Telechips SOC
S1MP3 based players
Lots of documentation on the players can be found at S1mp3.org
. The problem with S1MP3 players is that there are literally hundred of variations of them sold under different brands. Their main internals are usually very similar, but some of them have completely different DSP chips, FM tuners, or screens. This means that it would be impossible to have ports for every variation.
One of the Sigmatel based devices in the Sansa line. Basic documentation for initial analysis is underway. See SansaExpressPort
for more information.
SanDisk has recently released these players. These appear to be PortalPlayer
based once again, and we've got some initial information at the SansaView
Using the same microprocessor as the iAudio X5/M5 series. See SonyNWAPort
A Sony player running a modified Linux kernel. Some information can be found on the Sony NW-A80x page
TrekStor i.Beat organix
Based on SigmaTel STMP35xx. A hardware diagnosis for the FM version with Stereo Radio can be found on the player's page
Based on SigmaTel STMP36xx. An initial diagnosis can be found here
. The STMP36xx could be a good target for Rockbox as chip manufacturer provides Linux sources for this chipset. See diagnosis page for details.
TerraTec M3Po and Oscar
The TerraTec M3Po
and the Oscar
seem to be very equal as the last Oscar-Firmware is known to run on the TerraTec unit as well. These are both hifi-mp3-cd-players with an optional hard-disk and seem to be based on the SH1 as well, like the already supported archos units (It even looks to be closer to the NEO hardware). From what I know no porting effort has yet been done. There are several rockbox-users known to have an m3po as well (ManuelDejonghe
There is now a dedicated site for that. See: TerraTecM3Po
Toshiba Gigabeat V Series
The Gigabeat V Series is a PMP and not a DAP but is build on the same components as the S series. The port of Rockbox to the V should be the same process as the S series. Information on the V series can be found on the Gigabeat V page
Toshiba Gigabeat T Series
The Gigabeat T series (met400) is a flash-based player with the exact same electronics as the S and the V. Information and scans can be seen here at our Gigabeat T page
Toshiba Gigabeat U Series
The Gigabeat U is a flash player build on a Toshiba LSI with one bit DAC. Information and scans can be seen here: GigabeatUInfo
Toshiba Gigabeat MEG 50JS
The Gigabeat MEG 50JS is a player with PCMCIA HD. Information and scans can be seen here: GigabeatMEGInfo
has info, and there's this "open source" project with all research hidden and no source available at http://openjukebox.free.fr/
, most recent info at ferenczy.coex.cz/mt-500
. If you are interested in this port, feel free to contact me, DawidFerenczy
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