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Allwinner H3 Based Orange Pi 2 Board Price Drops to as Low As $25

May 27th, 2015 10 comments

As Raspberry Pi Model B+ price got reduced to $25, some competitors also decided to bring their price down. Shenzhen Xunlong Software, the maker of Orange Pi board, decided to decrease their Orange Pi 2 and Orange Pi 2 Mini boards by $5 to respectively $30 and $25 plus around $2 shipping.

Orange Pi 2 (Click to Enlarge)

Orange Pi 2 (Click to Enlarge)

Both boards are based on the same PCB, but the mini version lacks WiFi. Let’s refresh our memory with the specs:

  • SoC – Allwinner H3 quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.6 GHz with 256KB L1 cache, 1MB L2 cache, and an ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU up to 600 MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – micro SD card slot (up to 64GB)
  • Video Output – HDMI (CEC and HDCP support), AV port
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, AV port, on-board microphone
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (Realtek module, not found on mini version)
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Camera – CSI Interface
  • Expansions – 40-pin Raspberry Pi Model A+/B+ (mostly) compatible header with 28 GPIOs, UART, I2C, SPI, PWM, CAN, I2S, SPDIF, LRADC, ADC, LINE-IN, FM-IN, and HP-IN
  • Debugging – 3-pin UART header for serial console
  • Misc – IR receiver; Power, reset, and u-boot buttons; Power and Ethernet LEDs
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via barrel jack (micro USB OTG cannot be used to power the board).
  • Dimensions – 93 x 60 mm
  • Weight – 46 grams
You can currently download Android 4.4.2, Lubuntu, Debian server, and Raspbian images for the boards, as well as Linux and Android SDKs. The board has been launched at the end of March, but I can’t find any independent reviews online yet. Feedback on Aliexpress is however mostly positive. The platform is more powerful than Raspberry Pi 2, so from the hardware point of view it should be a better deal, but as usual they won’t be able to match Raspberry Pi’s software and community support.
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Eny EKB368 TV Box with Rockchip RK3368 Runs Android 5.1

May 22nd, 2015 23 comments

We’ve had a first glimpse at RK3368 Android TV Boxes when Rockchip showcased X6 TV box during one of their events. However, that box was targeting the Chinese market only, but Eny Technology informed me they are about to launch EKB368 TV box destined to overseas markets.
EKB368_Rear_Panel
Eny EKB368 specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3368 octa core Cortex A53 processor @ 1.5 GHz with PowerVR G6110 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 1.x/2.0/3.x, OpenGL 3.2, DirectX 9.3, OpenCL 1.2 EP, and Renderscript
  • System Memory – 2 GB DDR3 (Option: 1GB)
  • Storage – 8GB NAND flash (Options: 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB) + micro SD card slot up to 32GB
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60Hz
  • Audio Output – HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack, optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6335 by default)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – N/A

EKB368Remember that although RK3368 has eight 64-bit ARM cores, these are “LITTLE” Cortex A53 cores @ 1.5 GHz instead of the faster Cortex A17 cores @ 1.8GHz used in RK3288, meaning RK3368 product performance should be lower RK3288, but obviously from a marketing point of view “64-bit octa core ARM processor” looks great. Eny is normally not using eMMC flash in their product, but slower NAND flash instead, so you cannot expect very fast boot time or apps loading times. However, network connectivity is pretty good on paper with Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac, HDMI 2.0 is supported, and Android 5.1 should also offer a performance boost compared to Android 4.4 used in RK3288 mini PCs.

Pricing is not public yet, but the box should start selling next month. To get a rough idea of the price, Gabe found out CSA90 TV box also powered by RK3368, but with only 1GB RAM, sells for $76.99 including shipping by EMS, so at least pricing of RK3368 mini PCs should be fairly competitive.

You can also visit Eny’s EBK368 product page.

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Lemon Pi Board is a $35 Raspberry Pi 2 Alternative Powered by Actions Semi S500 SoC (Crowdfunding)

May 20th, 2015 52 comments

I wrote about ActDuino S500 last month. It’s a development board powered by Actions Semi S500 quad core Cortex A9 processor, but very few details were available, and release date and pricing had not been disclosed. EmbedStudio, a Shenzhen startup, has now launched an Indiegogo campaign (flexible funding) for their Lemon Pi board based on S500 processor.

Lemon_Pi Lemon Pi specifications:

  • SoC – Actions Semi S500 quad core Cortex A9r4 processor with 512KB L2 Cache and a PowerVR SGX544 GPU with OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0, OpenVG 1.0.1, and OpenCL support
  • Memory – 1GB DDR3 RAM (Option: 2GB, not part of crowdfunding rewards)
  • Storage – micro SD slot. Option: Up to 64GB eMMC 4.5 flash, not part of crowdfunding rewards.
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 with HDCP, 3.5mm jack for CVBS (AV), MIPI DSI
  • Audio – HDMI, AV (Line out / microphone)
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet (RJ45; RTL8201F)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x USB 3.0 port (OTG)
  • Camera –  MIPI CSI-2 interface
  • Expansion Header – 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible header with I2S, PCM, 16 GPIOs, UART, SPI, and I2C.
  • Misc – On/off, reset and ADFU (Actions Device Firmware Update) keys, IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 5V/700mA via micro USB port- ACT260X PMIC and Audio codec chip
  • Dimensions – 85 x 56 mm

Lemon_Pi_Board_BottomThe board is said to run Android 5.0 and Ubuntu 12.04 using Linux 3.10 LTS. 3D hardware acceleration is enabled in Ubuntu too. They claim the source code can be found on github, but I could not find it (yet).

A $25 pledge for “Super Early Bird reward” should get you board, with a standard pledge being $35. Shipping via Hong Kong Post (Tracking not mentioned) is $5 extra to anywhere in the world. Most boards are scheduled to ship on August 2015, but a few beta? boards will ship as early as June.

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Faytech FTA20 Allwinner A20 Industrial SBC Works with Touch Panels

May 17th, 2015 No comments

Faytech is a company specializing in touch monitors and touch pc, but recently they started to develop embedded boards, and their latest FTA20 single board computer is powered by Allwinner A20 SoC, and offer various optional wireless options like Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G, and GPS. The board also supports the company’s 9.7”, 10.1”, 15” and 21.5” capacitive displays.

FTA20_BoardFTA20 Specifications (to be confirmed):

  • SoC – Allwinner A20 dua lcore Cortex A7 processor @ 1GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU @ 500MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB NAND Flash, 1x SD card slot, 1x SATA port (via headers)
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, 18/24Bit LVDS
  • Audio – Audio-Chip Integrated HI-FI 100dB Audio Codec, 2x3W amplifier; 5.1 Channel High Definition Audio Codec; 1x Line-In, 1x Line-Out
  • Connectivity
    • 1x 10/100/1000Mbit RJ45 Ports with connector for POE
    • WiFi
    • Optional Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS
    • 1x SIM-card (to be used with mPCIe modem???)
  • USB –  2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB OTG port, 2x USB 2.0 via headers
  • Other I/Os – 2x serial, 4x TTL UART, 24x GPIO
  • Expansion – Mini PCIe slot
  • Misc – Watchdog Timer (1~255 steps by software program); Wake On LAN/PCE; RTC with battery
  • Power Supply – 12V; external connectors 8-18V DC-IN, screwable; PoE
  • Power consumption – 8 ~ 18W
  • Dimensions – 17.8 x 8 cm
  • Operating temperature – -20 ~ +70 °C

The board is said to ship with a DVD including drivers, as well as a short installation manual. The company provide support for Linux and Android 4.2, but overall at least with the info available on their website, they make an dismal job at providing information for their board, as zero documentation is available.

The company offers two models: FTA201G8GW with WiFi, and FTA201G8GWBG adding Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS to the previous model. You won’t find much more information on the product page, but you could contact the company there if you are interested.

Thanks to Nanik for the tip.

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Teclast X70 Might be the First Low Cost 3G Tablet with an Intel Atom x3 Processor

May 15th, 2015 7 comments

Intel announced three Atom x3 processors combining x86 cores with ARM Mali GPU a couple of months ago, and Intel Atom x3-C3130, the lower end processor with two x86 cores up to 1.0 GHz, an ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU and a 2G/3G modem, can already be found in Teclast X70 7″ Android tablet selling for just $70 on Tinydeals, Tinydeal, and probably others Chinese online retailers.

Teclast_X70Teclast X70 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom x3-C3130 dual x86 core processor @ up to 1GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU @ 533 MHz
  • System Memory – 512MB LPDDR2
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC + micro SD slot up to 32GB
  • Display – 7″ touchscreen (5-point) with 1024×600 resolution
  • Connectivity – WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • Cellular Connectivity – Built-in 3G modem (WCDMA 2100MHz l 2G: 850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz); two standard SIM slots
  • Camera – 2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • Audio – Stereo speakers, built-in microphone, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • USB – 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Sensors – Gravity sensor
  • Misc- Volume and power buttons, vibrating motor
  • Battery – 3,000 mAh Li-Ion
  • Dimensions – 187 x 113 x 9 mm
  • Weight – 266 grams

The tablet runs Android 4.4, and should come with a micro USB cable, a 5V/2A power adapter, and a user’s manual. Companies also promote it as a phablet, as the 2G/3G modem is not only for data, and you can make phone calls. Memory is tight, and screen resolution very low, but at least it’s very cheap.

Thanks to onebir for the tip.

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Orange Pi Plus (Allwinner H3) Firmware Images and Linux SDK Released

May 12th, 2015 12 comments

Orange Pi Plus is a development board based on the new Allwinner H3 quad core Cortex A7 processor that supports 4K video output and decoding. The boards comes with 1GB RAM, 8GB eMMC, HDMI output, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, SATA and more, and sells for $49 on Aliexpress. When I first covered the board in February, it was already listed on Aliexpress, but I could not find any firmware image, or source code, but this has now changed.

Orange Pi 2 (Click to Enlarge)

Orange Pi Plus (Click to Enlarge)

There are now four firmware files:

  • Lubuntu_1404_For_OrangePiplus_v0_8_0_.img.xz – Lubuntu 14.04 image
  • Raspbian_For_OrangePiplus_v0_8_0.img.xz – Raspbian for Allwinner H3
  • orangepi-plus-debian-server-card-v0.9.img.xz – A Debian server image
  • sun8iw7p1_android_orangepi-plus_uart0.rar – Android 4.4.2 image that needs to be flash with PhoenixCard in Windows (Linux tools are not working yet)

Beside the firmware images, the company also releases a Linux SDK (h3-lichee-1.0.tar.gz) with Linux 3.4 kernel source code, u-boot, and relevant tools.

I assume these should also work on Orange Pi 2, the low cost version of the board without internal flash, nor SATA, and Fast Ethernet instead of Gigabit Ethernet, which goes for $35 on Aliexpress.

Thanks to Jerome for the tip.

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Kaiboer F5 Plus 4K Android TV Box Powered by Actions Semi ATM7039S SoC

May 11th, 2015 3 comments

Action Semi ATM7039 quad core Cortex A9 processor was launched in 2013 and can be found in low cost tablets, but the company has now launched ATM7039S processor, with similar features but adding 4K video support for OTT boxes, and Kaiboer F5 Plus is one of the first product to feature the new processor.

Kaiboer_F5_PlusKaiboer F5 Plus specifications:

  • SoC- Actions Semi ATM7039S quad core ARM Cortex A9r4 with PowerVR SGX544MP GPU
  • System memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 16GB + micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4b with HDCP 1.1 + AV port (RCA)
  • Video playback support – Up to 4K @ 30Hz – AVI, WMV, MOV, MKV, RM/RMVB, MP4/M4V, DivX/Xvid,FLV, 3GP, DAT, VOB, MPG/MPEG, AVS, ASF, TP, TRP, TS, M2TS/MTS. H.265, h.264, etc…
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – Power LED, reset button
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 187 x 128 x 24mm

Image source :imp3.net

The box is said to run YunOS 2.1 (Aliyun OS), based on AOSP, and it ships with a power supply, an HDMI cable, and a remote control. Kaiboer is not really interested in overseas market, so the interface will most probably only be only in Chinese, and you can have a glimpse in the review on imp3.net.

I could not find it on Aliexpress, but it’s listed for $99.99 on iAndroidTVbox. You can find more information about the processor on Actions Semi ATM7039S page.

Via AndroidPC.es

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Linaro 15.04 Release with Linux 4.0 and Android 5.1

May 1st, 2015 1 comment

Linaro 15.04 has been released with Linux 4.0 (baseline), Linux 3.10.74 and 3.14.39 (LSK), and Android 5.1.1.

Other noticeable changes include support for the new DragonBoard 410c 96boards compliant board, the addition of A80 Optimusboard (Allwinner A80) to Android Kitkat build, Hisilicon D01 support added to the Debian installer, and support for Ubuntu ARM64 Gnome rootfs.

Highlights of the release:

  • Linux Linaro 4.0-2015.04
    • updated linaro-android topic: aosp/android-3.18 branch has been merged
    • GATOR topic: version 5.20.1
    • updated integration-linaro-vexpress64 topic by ARM LT (FVP Base and Foundation models, and Juno support)
    • updated topic from Qualcomm LT (IFC6410 and DB410c boards support):
      • Resource Power Manager (RPM) – MSM Shared Memory Driver (SMD) driver
      • quite some changes under drivers/gpu/drm/ related to adv7511 and adv7533 support
      • ASoC support for QCOM platforms
      • external Connector Class (extcon) support (used for USB VBUS and ID detection)
  • Linaro builds of AOSP 15.04
    • baseline updated to android-5.1.1_r1
    • updated Nexus 10 CI for LAVA testing
    • added Optimus A80 Android Kitkat build
  • Linaro OpenEmbedded 2015.04
    • removed stress recipe in favor of oe-core recipe
    • updated linux-linaro to ll_20150422.0 (based on 4.0)
    • libevent-fb: OE-core updated to 2.0.22, fix require statement
    • APM mustang boot failure was tracked down to using ‘arm64′ as U-Boot arch for the initramfs header while the vendor U-Boot 2013.04 expects ‘arm’.
    • upstreaming – strace: fix build for aarch64; libgpg-error 1.18: simplify tuple handling and add armv8b support
  • Linaro Ubuntu 15.04 – updated packages: LSK 3.10.74/3.14.39 and linux-linaro 4.0 kernels
  • U-Boot: upstream fastboot support
  • Add HiSilicon D01 platform support to Debian installer
  • Updated android-build job to work with docker slaves
  • Cleaned up ILP32 build job
  • LSK: enable debug options on regular builds
  • linux-linaro: ll-fold.sh script fixed to work correctly with newer git versions
  • CI bring up: tshark board Android member build
  • Added Ubuntu arm64 gnome rootfs
  • Added D01 platform to Coresight CI loop

Check out https://wiki.linaro.org/Cycles/1504/Release for a list of known issues, and further release details about the LEB, LMB (Linaro Member Builds), and community builds, as well as Android, Kernel, Graphics, Multimedia, Landing Team, Platform, Power management and Toolchain components.

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