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

May 27th, 2015 20 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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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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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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$170 Solidrun Cubox-i 4×4 Freescale i.MX6 Mini PC Boasts 4GB RAM, an eSATA Port

April 30th, 2015 17 comments

Most ARM based mini PCs come with 1 or 2GB RAM, with few exceptions like Nagrace HPH NT-V6 or Tronsmart Draco AW80 Telos featuring 4GB RAM,  but they are mostly optimized for Android, and although they can also run Linux desktop distributions there are often caveats with lack of hardware video decoding for example. Solidrun has now added a new model to its Cubox-I mini PC family with Cubox-I 4×4 powered by Freescale i.MX6 quad core processor coupled with 4GB RAM, and it’s also one of the few mini PCs coming with an eSATA port.

Cubox-I_4x4SolidRun CuBox-i 4×4 specifications

  • SoC –  Freescale i.MX6 Quad 4x Cortex A9 @1GHz-1.2GHz with Vivante GC2000 (OpenGL/ES 2.0)
  • System Memory – 4GB 64-bit DDR3 @ 1066 MHz
  • Storage – microSD card slot, eSATA II (3 Gbps) connector
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 with 3D support
  • Audio Output – HDMi, optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (up to 470Mbps), WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host, 1x micro USB to RS232 port for console access
  • Misc – InfraRed receiver and transmitter,  RTC with backup battery
  • Power Supply –  5V/3A via  2.1/5.5mm power jack
  • Dimensions – 55 x 55 x 42 mm
Cubox-i Block Diagram

Cubox-i Block Diagram

CuBox-i 4×4 will ship with a 110V/220V power adapter, and a 8GB Micro SD Class 10 card preloaded with OpenELEC/Kodi or Android 4.4.2 KitKat, but you can also download GeexBox XBMC, Debian, Arch Linux ARM, OpenSUSE, and other Linux based operating systems for the platform.

Cubox-i 4×4 can be pre-ordered for $169.99 on Solid-run website, or on Newegg for the same, with shipping scheduled for the end of May. You may find more details on Solidrun Cubox-i mini computer page.

Via LinuxGizmos

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TBS 2980 Matrix 2 AllWinner A80 Android TV Box Will Support USB Tuners

April 23rd, 2015 9 comments

TBS launched their Matrix 2910 media player based on Freescale i.MX6 Quad processor in 2013, and what made the platform especially interesting was support for the company’s USB DVB tuners in their Android and Ubuntu images. The company has now unveiled its successor with TBS 2980 Matrix 2 powered by Allwinner A80 octa core processor that will also support USB DVB-T2, DVB-C & DVB-S2 tuners.

TBS_Matrix_2TBS Matrix 2 specifications:

  • SoC – AllWinner A80 4x Cortex 15, 4x Cortex A7 big.LITTLE processor with PowerVR GC6230 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC + micro SD card slot
  • Video  Output – HDMI + AV port
  • Audio – HDMI, AV, and optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – IR receiver, reset button
  • Power Supply – 5V/3A
  • Dimensions – 101 x 101 x 31 mm
  • Weight – 400 grams

Matrix 2 is significantly smaller than other Allwinner A80 devices like Tronsmart Draco AW80, mostly because it lacks the rather slow SATA port. The box runs Android 4.4 with Kodi pre-installed, and will ship with a power adapter, a remote control, and a user’s guide. I’ve also been told the mini PC will also boot Debian server or Ubuntu Linaro desktop distributions from the micro SD card.

TBS_Matrix_2_ARM_mini_PCThe list of supported USB tuners are not been provided, but I do know TBS 5520 multi-standard USB tuner will be used for development, and it supports DVB-S/S2, DVB-C/C2, DVB-T/T2, and ISBT standards, so all these should be covered. It’s quite likely tuners supported by the original Matrix mini PC will also be supported on Matrix 2.

TBS_5520_TunerTBS Matrix 2 sells for $149.99 plus shipping on BuyDVD.net. You may find more details on TBS 2980 Matrix 2 product page.

Thanks to Ovi for the tip.

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Scaleway Provides Dedicated ARM Servers for 10 Euros per Month, 0.02 Euro per Hour

April 2nd, 2015 3 comments

Earlier this year, Online Labs launched a beta hosting program using custom-designed C1 dedicated servers powered by Marvell Armada 370/XP quad core processor. The company has now launched a commercial service called Scaleway providing hosting service on these baremetal servers for 9.99 Euros per month, or 0.02 Euro per hour, as well as a “Infinite Storage” service with 1GB data for 0.02 Euros per month.

OnlineLabs-C1-FrontBoard

Rack with 18 C1 Servers

Here are the details of the 10 Euros plan:

  • Server based on Marvell Armada 370/XP quad core ARM Cortex A9 processor
  • Memory – 2GB Memory
  • Storage – 50GB SSD Disk
  • 1x Reserved public IPv4
  • 200Mbit/s – Unmetered bandwith
  • Operating Systems – Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, ArchLinux ARM. Docker supported.

That’s no a VPS, but a dedicated server. For reference, I currently pay around $20 per month (Linode) for a server with an Intel Xeon E5-2680 dual core processor with 2 GB RAM and 50 GB SSD storage, and 3 TB free monthly bandwidth to host this blog. The Intel processor should be much more powerful than the Marvel one, but depending on your application, it might be enough. Overall Scaleway offer appears to be a decent deals, especially if you just need a server for development, where you’ll be charged per hour, so If you use the server 50 hour in a month, you’d only pay 1 Euros.

There are also options for higher bandwidth (1Gbit/s), 99.95% / 99.99% guaranteed uptime, extra storage (up to 1TB), bandwidth protection, and more. A simple REST API is available with the code soon-to-be on github.

You can find out more and/or sign-up for the service on Scaleway website.

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Linaro 15.03 Release with Linux 4.0 and Android 5.1

March 27th, 2015 No comments

Linaro has just announced their 15.03 release with Linux 4.0-rc4 (baseline), Linux 3.10.72 and 3.14.36 (LSK), and Android 5.1.

The organization has worked on hardware platforms from members namely Qualcomm, ARM, HiSilicon, Samsung, and STMicro, including the recently announced 96Boards boards, and other ARMv8 platforms.

Highlights of the release:

  • Linux Linaro 4.0-rc4-2015.03
    • updated linaro-android topic
    • added a few build/boot fixes for Arndale (llct-misc-fixes topic)
    • 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 board support)
    • simple EEPROM framework (via Qualcomm LT’s topic)
    • updated topic from HiSilicon LT (Hi36xx, HiP04, and X5HD2 families support)
    • rebased “ILP32 patch set v3″ onto 4.0-rc2
  • Linaro builds of AOSP 15.03
    • updated all the baselines to AOSP 5.1
    • added commit based trigger feature to CI builds
  • Linaro OpenEmbedded 2015.03
    • integrated Linaro GCC 4.9-2015.03
    • dismantled meta-aarch64 layer
    • created meta-ilp32 layer
    • cleaned out meta-bigendian layer
    • synced overlayed recipes with upstream
    • added full wget and rt-test on LAMP image as requested by QA team
    • update busybox xargs config as requested by QA team
    • integrated ODP 1.0
    • upstreaming:
      • sysprof: fix arm big-endian build
      • bitbake.conf: use http:// for GNU_MIRROR instead of ftp://
      • kexec-tools: fix build failure on aarch64_be architecture
      • busybox: update to 1.23.1 release
      • mozjs 17.0.0: fix aarch64 and 64k page builds, generic cleanups
  • Linaro Ubuntu 15.03
    • added packages: ti-calibrator
    • updated packages: LSK 3.10.72/3.14.36 and linux-linaro 4.0-rc4 kernels
    • Added ILP32 support for ARM64 to Linaro engineering builds
    • Dismantled meta-aarch64 in favour of OE-core aarch64 support
    • CI bring up: luvOS (Linux UEFI Validation Operating System)
  • KVM – support testing arm32 with arm64
  • Added b2120stxh410 to linux-mainline and linux-arm-soc-for-next build jobs
  • 96boards: enable Xorg by default in eMMC/SD debian build
  • Added 2 new build slaves
  • Migrated lt-qcom-ubuntu-images to docker based infrastructure
  • Upgraded ARMv8 build slaves to 3.19 kernel
  • Cleaned up LCR (Linaro Confectionery Release) information and instructions

Visit https://wiki.linaro.org/Cycles/1503/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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Orange Pi 2 Allwinner H3 Quad Core Development Board Sells for $35

March 21st, 2015 26 comments

After Orange Pi Plus development board powered by Allwinner H3 quad core cortex A7 processor, the company has decided to launch a lower cost version of their Allwinner H3 board with Orange Pi 2, that has started selling for a compelling $35 + about $4 shipping worldwide, and provides another sub-$50 alternative to Raspberry Pi 2, ODROID-C1, and Radxa Rock Lite boards.

Orange Pi 2 (Click to Enlarge)

Orange Pi 2 (Click to Enlarge)

Orange Pi 2 board specifications:

  • 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, AV port
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, AV port, on-board microphone
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (Realtek module)
  • 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

Orange_Pi_2_BottomThe cost savings compared to the $59 Orange Pi Plus have been achieved by removing the 8GB eMMC flash and SATA port, replacing Gigabit Ethernet by Fast Ethernet, and reducing the board dimensions. Allwinner H3 has the same ARM Cortex A7 cores as found as in BCM2836 processor used by Raspberry Pi 2, but if H3 is indeed clocked at 1.6GHz, Orange Pi 2 should be nearly 80% faster than RPi 2 when it comes to integer and floating-point performance. It also features a built-in Wi-Fi module that is lacking on both ODROID-C1 and RPi 2, so from an hardware prespective it’s certainly very good value for money. On the software front, the board runs Android 4.4.2, and Lubuntu, Debian and Raspbian images are being worked on, but I can’t find any Allwinner H3 images in the Download section of Orange Pi website, so I’m not sure how you are supposed to boot the board… I’d also expect a much lower level of support compared the Raspberry Pi, ODROID or even Radxa communities, so if you have a problem you might be mostly on your own.

Update: There’s also a version without Wi-Fi called Orange Pi mini 2 that sells for $33.99 including shipping.

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