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Sige Family User Manual

The Sige Family user manual helps users understand the basic usage and preparation work needed for Sige Family.

This article gives an overview of the product information to you in as much detail as possible.

Comparison of Sige7/5/1 Specifications​

SoC Process8nm8nm28nm
CPURockchip RK3588
Cortex-A76 x4 @2.4GHz and Cortex-A55 x4 @1.8GHz
Rockchip RK3576
Cortex-A72 x4 @2.2GHz and Cortex-A53 x4 @1.8GHz
Rockchip RK3528
Cortex-A53 x4 @1.5GHz
GPUARM Mali-G610 MP4ARM Mali G52 MC3 GPUARM Mali-450 GPU
NPU6TOPS@INT8(3 NPU core)6TOPS@INT8(2 NPU core)-
RAM4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB 64-bit LPDDR4x4/8/16GB 32-bit LPDDR4x2/4GB 32-bit LPDDR4x
eMMC64GB/128GB eMMC32/128GB eMMC16/32GB eMMC
TF CardMolex Slot, Spec Version 2.x/3.x/4.x(SDSC/SDHC/SDXC)YesYes
Output1x HDMI 2.1, supports 8K@60fps
1x MIPI DSI up to 4K@60fps
1x DP 1.4 up to 8K@30fps
1x HDMI 2.1, supports 4K@120fps
1x MIPI DSI, up to 2K@60fps
1x DP1.4, up to 4K@120fps
1x HDMI OUT2.0b, supports 4K@60fps
Decoder8K@60fps H.265/VP9/AVS2
8K@30fps H.264 AVC/MVC
4K@60fps AV1
1080P@60fps MPEG-2/-1/VC-1/VP8
H.264, H.265, VP9, AV1 and AVS2 etc. up to 8K@30fps or4K@120fpsH.265, H.264, AVS2 4K@60fps
Encoder8K@30fps H.265 / H.264H.264 and H.265 up to 4K@60fpsH.264 and H.265 up to1080@60fps
Wi-FiAP6275P Wi-Fi 6 Module
802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 2T2R MIMO with RSDB
SYN43752 Wi-Fi 6 Module
802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 2T2R MIMO with RSDB
SYN43752 Wi-Fi 6 Module
802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 2T2R MIMO with RSDBs
PCIEPCIe 3.0 4-lanes
M.2 Key M 2280 NVMe SSD Supported
Ethernet2x 2.5G Ethernet2x Gigabit EthernetGigabit Ethernet & 2.5G Ethernet
USB Host1x USB 3.0 & 1x USB 2.01x USB 3.0 & 1x USB 2.02Γ— USB 3.0 (capable of simultaneous full throughput)
2Γ— USB 2.0
USB-C1x USB-C Power jack & 1x USB Type-C 3.0(DP1.4/OTGοΌ‰1x USB-C Power jack & 1x USB Type-C 3.0(DP1.4/OTGοΌ‰1x USB-C Power jack & 1x USB2.0 OTG
1x 4-lane MIPI DSI
2x 4-lane MIPI CSI
1x 4-lane MIPI DSI
40-Pin Headeryesyesyes
LEDs2x LEDs2x LEDs2x LEDs
Board Dimensions92mm Γ— 62mm x 14.6mm92mm Γ— 62mm x 14.6mm92mm Γ— 62mm x 14.6mm

Tool Preparation​

Before starting to use the ArmSoM-Sige7, please prepare the following items:

  • Sige7 main board
  • Power supply: USB Type-C PD
    • Support 9V/2A, 12V/2A, 15V/2A
  • System installation (choose one)
    • MicroSD /TF card boot
      • MicroSD card/TF, Class 10 or above, at least 8GB SDHC and a card reader
      • High speed TF cards tested by the ArmSoM team:
        • SanDisk 32GB TF (MicroSD) (developer recommended)
        • SanDisk 32GB TF (MicroSD) Dashcam & Security Camera Storage Card (recommended for long-term operation)
        • Sandisk TF 8G Class10 microSD
        • Sandisk TF 128G Class10 microSD XC TF 128G 48MB/S:
    • Onboard eMMC boot
      • USB Type-C data cable to write image from Type-C port on Sige7 to eMMC. You need to connect Sige7 to a PC using the Type-C cable.

Optional Accessories​

  • USB keyboard and mouse
  • HDMI display and HDMI cable
    • Sige7 features a full-sized HDMI port, and supports up to 8K@60 display
    • HDMI EDID is used to determine optimum display resolution. 1080p (or 4K/8K) will be selected on displays and TVs that support it. If 1080p is not supported, EDID will find the next available resolution.
  • Ethernet cable
    • Sige7 supports 2.5Gb Ethernet
    • The network cable is used to connect Sige7 to a local network and the Internet
  • Camera module
    • Sige7 supports camera function
    • We recommend using the imx415 module, available through the ArmSoM Taobao store or AliExpress or email to
  • LCD display
    • Sige7 supports LCD display
    • We recommend the ArmSoM Display 10.1 HD, available through the ArmSoM Taobao store or AliExpress or email to
  • Audio cable
    • Available for 0.8mm vertical socket
  • USB-A to USB-C data cable

Power Supply​

The table below shows the power specifications required for powering the ArmSoM-Sige series. You can use any high-quality power supply that provides the correct power mode.

ModelRecommended Power (Voltage/Current)Power Mode
Sige75V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/2A, 15V/2AUSB-PD
Sige55V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/2A, 15V/2AUSB-PD
Sige15V/2.5A, 12V/2ANon-PD

Insert the power supply into the port labeled "DCIN". Please make sure to use the correct port!

Image Flashing​

Flash System Image

Interface Setup​

If this is your first time using the ArmSoM-Sige7, please familiarize yourself with the [Peripheral Interfaces](#Hardware Interface) to better understand the content below.

Debug Serial Port​

Connect the USB to TTL serial cable as follows:


sige5ConnectSerial Module
GND (pin 6)--->GND
TX (pin 8)--->RX
RX (pin 10)--->TX

2.5G Ethernet​

If using wired Ethernet, insert the network cable into the RJ45 port on the ArmSoM-Sige7 and the wired connection will pop up on the desktop.

  • Use the ifconfig command to check if Ethernet is working normally - it will display the NIC enP2p33s0 or enP4p65s0 and Ethernet IP address. Also use the ping tool to test network connectivity.
  • If unable to ping,please try:
$ sudo dhclient enP2p33s0
$ sudo dhclient enP4p65s0


The ArmSoM-Sige7 has an HDMI output port which supports CEC and HDMI 2.1, maximum resolution up to 8Kp60.


The ArmSoM-Sige7 provides one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port.

USB3.0 Camera

After connecting a USB 3.0 camera, you can download cheese and use the camera with the following commands:

armsom@armsom-sige7: sudo apt update
armsom@armsom-sige7: sudo apt install cheese

You can also preview the camera in the terminal:

gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/video0 io-mode=4 ! videoconvert ! video/x-raw,format=NV12,width=1920,height=1080 ! xvimagesink;

Take Photo:

gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/video0 io-mode=4 ! videoconvert ! video/x-raw,format=NV12,width=1920,height=1080 ! jpegenc ! multifilesink location=/home/armsom/test.jpg; 

Record video:

gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src num-buffers=512 device=/dev/video0 io-mode=4 ! videoconvert ! video/x-raw, format=NV12, width=1920, height=1080, framerate=30/1 ! tee name=t ! queue ! mpph264enc ! queue ! h264parse ! mpegtsmux ! filesink location=/home/armsom/test.mp4



View sound cards in the system:

armsom@armsom-sige7:/# aplay -l  
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: rockchipdp0 [rockchip,dp0], device 0: rockchip,dp0 spdif-hifi-0 [rockchip,dp0 spdif-hifi-0]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: rockchipes8316 [rockchip-es8316], device 0: fe470000.i2s-ES8316 HiFi es8316.7-0011-0 [fe470000.i2s-ES8316 HiFi es8316.7-0011-0]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 2: rockchiphdmi0 [rockchip-hdmi0], device 0: rockchip-hdmi0 i2s-hifi-0 [rockchip-hdmi0 i2s-hifi-0]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0


The Sige7 features a 5V fan using a 0.8mm connector

armsom@armsom-sige7:/# echo 100 > /sys/devices/platform/pwm-fan/hwmon/hwmon8/pwm1  


The Sige7 features a full-featured USB Type‐C 3.0 port which supports up to 8K@30fps DP display.


The Sige7 provides a 40-pin GPIO header, compatible with most sensors on the market.


The Sige7 has two user LEDs - green and red.

  • User Green LED
    Constantly indicates running kernel by default.

  • User Red LED Off by default, can be controlled by user.

Users can control with commands:

armsom@armsom-sige7:/# sudo su  
armsom@armsom-sige7:/# echo timer > /sys/class/leds/red/trigger
armsom@armsom-sige7:/# echo activity > /sys/class/leds/red/trigger


  • The Sige7 features an hym8563 RTC chip.
  • First, insert the RTC battery using the 2-pin header to supply power to the RTC IC.
  • Note that we should keep the RTC battery in the RTC connector and confirm the rtc hym8563 device which has been created.
armsom@armsom-sige7:/# dmesg | grep rtc  
[ 6.407133] rtc-hym8563 6-0051: rtc information is valid
[ 6.412731] rtc-hym8563 6-0051: registered as rtc0
[ 6.413779] rtc-hym8563 6-0051: setting system clock to 2022-06-22T01:22:26 UTC (1655860946)
  • Find rtc0, then use the following commands to set system time and sync to rtc0:
armsom@armsom-sige7:/# hwclock -r  
2023-11-03 10:32:40.461910+00:00
armsom@armsom-sige7:/# date
Fri 3rd Nov 10:33:12 UTC 2023
armsom@armsom-sige7:/# hwclock -w
armsom@armsom-sige7:/# hwclock -r
armsom@armsom-sige7:/# poweroff
  • Turn off the RTC battery for 10+ minutes, insert the battery again and boot Sige7, and check if RTC synced with system clock:
armsom@armsom-sige7:/# hwclock -r  
2023-11-03 10:35:40.461910+00:00
armsom@armsom-sige7:/# date
Fri 3rd Nov 10:36:01 UTC 2023


The ArmSoM-Sige7 provides an M.2 connector:

  • There is an M.2 M Key connector on the back with a 4-lane PCIe 3.0 interface. The board has a standard M.2 2280 mounting hole to deploy M.2 2280 NVMe SSDs.
    Note: This M.2 interface does NOT support M.2 SATA SSDs.
armsom@armsom-sige7:/# mkdir temp  
armsom@armsom-sige7:/# mount /dev/nvme0n1 temp



Use the IMX415 module for the camera. After connecting and powering on the camera module you can view the boot log:

armsom@armsom-sige7:/# dmesg | grep imx415  
[ 2.547754] imx415 3-001a: driver version: 00.01.08
[ 2.547767] imx415 3-001a: Get hdr mode failed! no hdr default
[ 2.547819] imx415 3-001a: Failed to get power-gpios
[ 2.547826] imx415 3-001a: could not get default pinstate
[ 2.547831] imx415 3-001a: could not get sleep pinstate
[ 2.547850] imx415 3-001a: supply dvdd not found, using dummy regulator
[ 2.547918] imx415 3-001a: supply dovdd not found, using dummy regulator
[ 2.547945] imx415 3-001a: supply avdd not found, using dummy regulator
[ 2.613843] imx415 3-001a: Detected imx415 id 0000e0
[ 2.613890] rockchip-csi2-dphy csi2-dphy0: dphy0 matches m00_b_imx415 3-001a:bus type 5
[ 18.386174] imx415 3-001a: set fmt: cur_mode: 3864x2192, hdr: 0
[ 18.389067] imx415 3-001a: set exposure(shr0) 2047 = cur_vts(2250) - val(203)

Use v4l2-ctl for image capture:

// MIPI-CSI1  
armsom@armsom-sige7:/# v4l2-ctl -d /dev/video31 --set-fmt-video=width=3840,height=2160,pixelformat=NV12 --stream-mmap=3 --stream-skip=60 --stream-to=/tmp/cif73.out --stream-count=3 --stream-poll

armsom@armsom-sige7:/# v4l2-ctl -d /dev/video22 --set-fmt-video=width=3840,height=2160,pixelformat=NV12 --stream-mmap=3 --stream-skip=60 --stream-to=/tmp/cif73.out --stream-count=3 --stream-poll

Record video directly with gst-launch-1.0:

// MIPI-CSI1  
armsom@armsom-sige7:/# gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/video31 ! video/x-raw,format=NV12,width=3840,height=2160, framerate=30/1 ! xvimagesink

armsom@armsom-sige7:/# gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/video22 ! video/x-raw,format=NV12,width=3840,height=2160, framerate=30/1 ! xvimagesink



The ArmSoM-Sige7 supports up to 4K@60Hz resolution over MIPI DSI