Tanix TX6s

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Tanix TX6s
Tanix TX6S front.jpg
Manufacturer Tanix
Dimensions width 113mm (including antenna - 100mm excluding the antenna) x breadth 100mm x height 20mm (100mm if antenna vertical)
Release Date Late 2019
Website Tanix TX6s Product Page
Specifications
SoC H616 @ 1.51Ghz
DRAM 2/4GiB DDR3 @ 1600MHz, 8 * Micron D9PQL MT41K1G4RH-125:E
NAND 16/32/64GB (SCY)
Power DC 5V @ 2A
Features
Audio HDMI, SPDIF
Network WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Ampak AP6330), 10/100Mbps Ethernet (Integrated H616 PHY)
Storage µSD, eMMC
USB 2 USB2.0 Host, 1 USB3.0

This page needs to be properly filled according to the New Device Howto and the New Device Page guide.

Identification

On the back of the device, the following is printed, along with a serial number and mac address:

Model: TX6S-H

The PCB has the following silkscreened on it:

CS_H616_TX6S_B4_V3.0
20191218

In android, under Settings->About Tablet, you will find:

  • Model: TX6s
  • Kernel version: 4.9.170 #10 Tue Dec 15:15:02 CST 2020
  • Build: cupid_p1-userdebug 10 QP1A.191105.004 eng.hanxia. 20201219.091846 test-keys

General Notes

The device is shipped with an eMMC with Android installed

I have uploaded console logs to capture the starting point with this board.

u-boot 2021.04 environment (boot from TF)

serial bootlog (Android)

serial bootlog (minimyth2 - 20210529)

Sunxi support

Current status

The basis of the H616 SoC mainline effort has been included in 5.12. Preliminary Linux and Trusted Firmware patches are available and are in the process of being mainlined. H616 U-Boot support has been merged into v2021.04. The Tanix TX6s is not yet included in current 5.12 kernel. The sun50i-h616-tanix-tx6s.dts and tanix_tx6s_defconfig are in the process of being upstreamed.

Manual build

You can build things for yourself by following our Manual build howto and by choosing from the configurations available below.

U-Boot

Mainline U-Boot

Use the tanix_tx6s_defconfig build target.

Linux Kernel

Mainline kernel

Use the sun50i-h616-tanix-tx6s.dtb device-tree binary.

Tips, Tricks, Caveats

The PCB is mounted upside down in the case, so the connectors are all flipped over (USB, SD card, HDMI, Ethernet).

FEL mode

Left of the SD-card slot, there is a button (barely) visible through the ventilation slots. It triggers FEL mode mode when held down while resetting or powering up. On the PCB this button is not marked (there is another button not marked between SPDIF and the 2 USB 2.0 on the back). You will need a USB-A <-> USB-A cable for FEL mode.

Chips/ICs

Manufacturer Part Description Kernel Config Kernel Driver / Description Specification
Allwinner H616 Allwinner H616 (sun50iw9p1) is a SoC that features a Quad-Core Cortex-A53 ARM CPU, and a Mali-G31 MP2 GPU from ARM
FPE H16101MC 10/100 Base-T Transformer Modules Compliant With IEEE 802.3 standards including Baseline Wander Compensation specification of 350 H OCL when biased a. dwmac_sun8i
Ampak SP6330-X Android is using Dongle Host Driver, version 1.579.77.41.11 // NVRAM version: AP6330_NVRAM_V1.0_20121130 // nvram_ap6330.txt // fw_bcm40183b2_ag.bin // config_ap6330.txt // clm.blob // F1 signature read @0x18000000=0x16044330 // F1 signature OK, socitype:0x1 chip:0x4330 rev:0x4 pkg:0x0 // Firmware: wl0: Jan 6 2014 15:11:29 version 5.90.195.89.13 FWID 01-72f124c5
Fuzhou Fuda Hisi Microelectronics Co., Ltd. FD650B-S fdhisi,fd650 // FD650: fd650_driver_init: FD650 Driver init. // FD650: NOTE: register_fd650_driver:::register fd650 driver success. Not yet upstream. See https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/[email protected]/ for discussions on LED/VFD upstream.
Shenzhen X-Powers Technology Co., Ltd AXP305 AXP305_POWER axp305 pmic support
Micron 8 * D9PQL MT41K1G4RH-125:E Package = (1G4) 1 Gig x 4 // Revision = (RH) 78-ball 9mm x 10.5mm FBGA // Speed Grade = (-125) = 1.25ns @ CL = 11 (DDR3-1600) // Target tRCD-tRP-CL = 11-11-11 // tRCD-tRP-CL (ns) = 13.75 // Revision = :E 1.35V DDR3L SDRAM // 800 MHz
SCY sNAND E64GBIB62ABE00 / 2046-B1 110333

Device specific topic

This device uses DDR3L (not LPDDR3) memory!

Device is also equipped with 4-digit 7-segment display, driven by FD650B-S chip.

Adding a serial port (voids warranty)

Device disassembly

Tanix TX6s remove top lid

There are no screws holding the plastic lid in place.

To open the box, Gently slide a plastic tool or a knife in the small gap around all edges of the box to eventually lift the top plate, releasing 9 plastic tabs in the holding the cover. I started on the front, and then with a little leverage (in the front centre) was able to disengage the clips on the sides, and finally the back.

To remove the PCB, remove the 3 screws, then lift the side with the 7 segment display up, then gently pull this side the PCB up. This is allow you to then remove the PCB - the backside connectors somewhat protude into the backside of the case.

Locating the UART

Tanix TX6s UART pads

The UART pads are located beside the USB port on the side of board. They are marked as TX, RX and GND on the PCB. Just attach some leads according to the UART Howto. Speed is 152000.

Pictures

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Also known as

There is also the TX6 TV box, sometimes selling alongside the TX6s. It uses the H6 Allwinner chip versus the H616 Allwinner chip.

See also

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