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$59 pcDuino – AllWinner A10 Board with Arduino Compatible Headers

February 20th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

pcDuino is a new development board based on AllWinner A10 Cortex A8 SoC that comes with 1GB RAM and 2GB NAND Flash, HDMI output, as well as USB and Ethernet RJ45 ports, and is said to feature 2.54mm pin headers compatible with Arduino boards.

pcDuino

Here are the pcDuino specifications:

  • SoC – AllWinner A10 ARM Cortex A8 CPU @ 1GHz + Mali-400 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DRAM
  • Storage – 2GB Flash + SD card slot for up to 32GB
  • Video Output – HDMI
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 Host
  • Connectivity:
    • Ethernet – 10/100 Mbps (RJ45)
    • Wi-Fi – Via USB Wi-Fi dongle (not included with the board)
  • Headers – 2.54mm pin headers: 1x UART, 6x ADCs, 2x PWMs up to 24MHz, 14x GPIOs, 1x I2C and 1x SPI.
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 125mm x 52mm

The board comes preloaded with Ubuntu 12.10, but it also supports Android 4.0 ICS. The “Arduino compatible header” allow you to connect any Arduino shield to pcDuino, and pcDuino developers have written C code to allow programming the I/O like an Arduino.

pcDuino Block Diagram

pcDuino Block Diagram

The company provides Ubuntu and Android images, tools (liveSuite/Phoenix card), a user guide, and some hardware files for the board: mechanical drawings (PDF and DXF) and schematics (PDF). In their user manual, they compare pcDuino to the Raspberry Pi, but it’s actually much closer to the Cubieboard, albeit with less exposed I/O pins.

The board is available now, and can be purchased for $59 + decent shipping fees to the US, and exorbitant ones to anywhere else. [Update: Worldwide free shipping is available from ezMCU]. [Update 2: Surprisingly it's also available on DealExtreme for $64.50 inc. shipping]

Thanks to David for the news.

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  1. renw0rp
    February 20th, 2013 at 18:27 | #1

    why in some places is it written “DRAM 1GB” and in the others “DRAM 256MB” (even on the same webpaga – like the page u mentioned ezMCU)? Are there two versions?

  2. February 20th, 2013 at 19:44 | #2

    @renw0rp
    I guess not. I’ve never seen 256MB on AllWinner devices. I guess they just copied some specs from another website, and forgot to update that. It would still be wise to check with the sellers before buying.

  3. February 21st, 2013 at 09:57 | #3

    Wow. Very. Nice product
    And price is very cheap

  4. onebir
    March 3rd, 2013 at 21:36 | #4

    But no SATA. And still no Cubieboards for sale :(

  5. Gabe
  6. April 11th, 2013 at 15:09 | #6

    PcDuino is now also available on DealExtreme for $64.50 inc. shipping.

  7. eebrah
    April 26th, 2013 at 01:13 | #7

    This is what came to mind when the UDOO was announced http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/435742530/udoo-android-linux-arduino-in-a-tiny-single-board/posts/456046

    I was thinking, “Haven’t I seen that one elsewhere before?”

    They are NOT the same [ freescale iMX6 vs Allwinner A10 amongst other things ] but the idea of marrying a micro-controller to a CPU on a board is not new.

    The more the competition, the better

  8. April 26th, 2013 at 11:13 | #8

    @eebrah
    There’s no MCU on pcDuino, the GPIOs are directly handled by A10. So the only thing in common are Arduino compatible headers.

  1. February 21st, 2013 at 11:09 | #1
  2. April 2nd, 2014 at 09:59 | #2