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BLCR MX3 is a $12 Backlit Air Mouse with QWERTY Keyboard

February 27th, 2017 7 comments

There’s an embarrassment of choices when it comes to air mice, but so far apart from models like Rii Mini i28 which looks more like a keyboard than a remote control, I had not seen air mice with backlit keys. But this morning BLCR MX3 showed up in DX new arrivals feed for $17.27 shipped, but you could also find it for about $12 on Aliexpress without BLCR “trademark”. [Update: Also on Amazon US for ~$16].

BLCR MX3 air mouse specifications:

  • Connectivity – 2.4 GHz RF up to 10 meters
  • Sensor – 6-axis sensor with gyroscope and g-sensor
  • Remote side with IR learning function + backlit keys
  • Air Mouse mode
  • QWERTY keyboard with backlit keys
  • Power Supply – 2x AAA batteries (not included)
  • Dimensions – 17.2 x 5.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Weight – 98 grams
  • Material – Plastic + silicone

The device ships with a USB dongle and user’s manual, and works with Android, Max OS, Linux, Windows… basically any OS that supports USB HID class. Backlight functions can be enabled/disabled with the corresponding key on the bottom right of the remote side (above “Internet Explorer” icon), and the last row of keys (red, green, yellow, blue) can be programmed to work with your TV, for example for the power, input, and volume buttons. That side also have trick modes buttons, play/pause, Zoom In/Out buttons, but not Stop button.

The QWERTY keyboard also features backlight keys, but some people may miss the Tab key which can be convenient when filling out forms like entering username and password. The Shift key is not included either, so you’d have to play with CAPS to switch between lowercase and uppercase characters.

Please note that there are some other MX3 air mouse models without backlit, and with or without microphone, so if you are interested in the backlight function make sure you purchase the right one.

Categories: Hardware Tags: air mouse, Android, Linux, mac, windows

ADLE3800SEC is a Compact Intel Bay Trail-I Board with Dual Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI or DisplayPort, and More

December 27th, 2016 No comments

ADL Embedded Solutions, a US company specializing in… embedded solutions, has unveiled ADLE3800SEC embedded single board computer (SBC) optimized for size, weight and power (SWAP), based on an Intel Atom E3800 Bay Trail-I processor with HDMI, SATA dual Gigabit Ethernet, etc… The board is the first one part of the company’s Edge-Connect architecture defined a 75x75mm form factor with an edge connector exposing additional I/Os for breakout boards.

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ADLE3800SEC board specifications:

  • SoC
    • Intel Atom E3827 dual core Bay Trail-I processor @ up to 1.75GHz with 1MB cache, Intel Gen7 graphics (8W TDP) OR
    • Intel Atom E3845 quad core Bay Trail-I processor@ up to 1.91GHz with 2MB cache, Intel Gen 7 Graphics (10W TDP)
  • System Memory – Up to 4GB DDR3-1333MHz (soldered on-board)
  • Storage – 1x M.2 socket(Key B, 2242); 1x SATA 2.0 (6GB/s) via edge connector
  • Video Output
    • 1x HDMI up to 1920 x 1200 or 1x DisplayPort up to 2560×1600
    • 1x DisplayPort via edge connector
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports (RJ45)
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 2.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 interfaces via edge connector
  • Other Expansion via edge connector – 2x PCIe, SM-Bus
  • Misc – Optional low profile heat spreader; optional conformal coating of CPU board & underfill of BGA components
  • Power Supply – 20 to 30V DC
  • Dimensions – 75 x 75 mm
  • Temperature Range — Optional for extended temperature screen -40 to 85°C

The board can run Linux or Windows 7/8/10. Typical applications would include UAV and UUV unmanned systems, industrial control systems, government and defense, video surveillance, small scale robotics, remote data-logging, man-wearable computing, etc…

The company did not disclose pricing info,  but you should be able to find more info and if needed, inquire ADL Embedded Solutions via ADLE3800SEC SBC product page.

Via HackerBoards

Outernet Introduces Standalone & DIY Internet Satellite Kits for C.H.I.P Board, Raspberry Pi 3 Board, and Laptops

November 3rd, 2016 16 comments

Outernet goal is to bring knowledge and/or emergency info to places without Internet either to remote places, or where Internet has been temporary shutdown due to natural disasters or political reasons through a satellite feed. In some ways, it works like a typical FM radio, but instead of receiving audio, you’ll get data. The first hardware was based on WeTek Play TV box, and called Lighthouse, but they now have a DIY kit that will work with Next Thing C.H.I.P, Raspberry Pi, or Laptops running Windows 7/10 or Linux, as well as a standalone Outernet Satellite kit including C.H.I.P Allwinner R8 development board.

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Let’s first check out “Basic Outernet DIY Kit” comprised of three items:

  • L-Band Antenna
    • Frequency: 1525 – 1559 MHz (Center frequency: 1542 MHz)
    • 8dbi
    • 4″  SMA Male connector
    • Dimensions – 12 cm x 12 cm x 1.5 cm
    • Weight – ~100 grams
  • RTL-SDR Blog Software Defined Radio/Tuner USB dongle
    • Ultra-low phase noise 0.5PPM TCXO
    • RF-suitable voltage regulator and custom heatsink
    • SMA female connector
    • SDR frequency range of approximately 25MHz – 1700MHz
    • Bias tee (software enabled)
  • Outernet/Inmarsat Amplifier (LNA) board
    • Frequency: 1525 – 1559 MHz (Center Frequency: 1542 MHz)
    • Gain – 34 dB
    • Voltage – 3.0V – 5.5V
    • Current Draw – 25 mA
    • Dimensions – 6.5 cm x 1.5 cm x 2.5 cm
    • Weight – 8.5 grams

The kit costs $69, but it’s not usable standalone, and you’ll need to connect the USB dongle your own C.H.I.P or Raspberry Pi 3 board running rxOS operating system, or laptop and configure them as explained in the documentation to configure and run the system in order to access Outernet Library through your satellite (DVB-S). It should be possible to use other boards too, but you’d have to handle the software part yourself. It should not be too complicated since the only hardware interface is a USB port.

However, if you want something that mostly works out of the box, you should consider “Deluxe Outnert DIY receiver kit” with included all items from the basic kit, plus a pre-configured C.H.I.P board, and a battery pack for $99.

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Once you’ve assembled the kit, pointed the L-band antenna to the right satellite, and completed the configuration through the web browser of a WiFi enabled device such as a smartphone. Outernet kit will freely download data (textbooks, health guides, courseware, weekly news, emergency info, disaster alerts, crop prices…) depending on your selected satellite, and anybody with a smartphone or computer will be able to access the data updated weekly/daily.

You’ll find the some details explaining how Outernet works and available data on my first post about Outernet, or for the complete details, visit directly

Have US Customs Declared War on TV Boxes (and mini PCs)?

July 4th, 2016 39 comments

Customs are useful to make sure illegal or dangerous goods don’t reach customers, and they also “protect jobs” or “special interests” by applying tariffs to imports. If you’ve ever purchased goods out of your country or economic zone, the experience can range from flawless (no duties), to annoying (paying some taxes), up to really frustrating and depressing, if customs decide to have a closer look to your imported item. Most the time I don’t have any problems, especially since I try to be careful to stay below the limit (~$30 here) sometimes splitting my orders, a few times I have to pay custom duties and VAT, and once I got a call from UPS telling me my $100 mini PC was kept by customs (not sure why), and that the total cost to it get was unknown, but it will be at least $150 for handling and taxes, and sending it back to China would cost about the same… So finally, my customs office (not in the US) got a free mini PC to play with. I just exchanged a few emails with UPS, and never had to fill any forms during the whole process.
This happened a while ago, so why am I writing about this now? First, I’ve recently read some articles that UK authorities had raided TV box resellers running modified to stream illegal content, so let’s say it’s fair game. But I also got a comment from a US based reader who ordered 10 Wintel W8 Pro mini PCs:

Just an update on Geek’s Wintel W8 Pro. I ordered 10 more and they were seized by US Customs and Border Patrol. They could not find any illegal aliens so they are now checking all “TV BOXES” as declared on the shipping paperwork from China to US. 6 weeks later I got a 7 page letter from them saying they were seized not detained. The reason given was a trademark violation printed on the bottom of the box that is for Microsoft Windows 10. It is sworn to be an illegal trademark by Microsoft. They give you several options I gave the letter to my attorney. It sounds like I may still be fined some money on this side. The good thing is I paid with PayPal and got my money back. Geek offered to go Dutch on the loss and I said no. They are mad at me and won’t respond to me after I sent them a copy of the letter. The government determined the value to be 83.30 per unit and not a gift as packaged worth $50.00 per case. If you deal with Geek read the fine print, it talks about going Dutch when things go south. Customs said they are checking ALL boxes labeled “TV BOXES” many companies ship them like that. You may want to be more creative if you want them. No more Windows for me. After having trouble with one box with Kaspersky it said there was something bad in the Windows program I called and was told you cant run anti virus with that version of windows. I bought a different one. I believe in anti-virus’s reducing problems. Geek claims if the US sends the boxes back to China I will face shipping fees, importation fees, taxes and duties to the Chinese government. Maybe I can post the 7 page letter or email it to anyone who is thinking of buying these. I don’t know what the posting rules are on this. Delete any part that cant be printed. Just trying to save people time and money and having every package from China now being inspected 100% and taped back up with green US Customs and border patrol tape for routers and keyboards and things like that. This never happened until these 10 were seized. For the record Geek claims this has not happened to anyone else but I know a guy who bought 1 unit from a different reseller and his was also marked “TV BOX” and was seized.

So it took his word and asked for that document. So basically, once US customs decide to seize your goods you have 5 options (CBP = Customs and Border Protection):

  1. I request that CBP consider my petition administratively before forfeiture proceedings are initiated
  2. I request that CBP consider my offer in comprise administratively before forfeiture proceedings are initiated
  3. I abandon the property, and I request that CBP begin administrative proceedings to forfeit the property.
  4. I request that CBP send my case for court action
  5. I request that CBP begin administrative proceedings to forfeit the property

If you’re not a lawyer and have not dealt with customs before, yet clearly understand what the 5 options mean and their implications, I congratulate you. So unless you simply decide to abandon the property, most people might need a lawyer to handle the case.

But let’s clearly see why the mini PCs were seized by checking the appendix.

Microsoft_Logo_Word_CustomsSo the “Wintel Set-Top Boxes” running Microsoft Windows have been seized because Microsoft Windows logo was shown on the package, as well as Microsoft trademark…. Wintel name was OK apparently… That appears to be completely ludicrous, as they have not investigated whether the system had a proper Windows license, so even if you’ve bought a mini PC with a proper Windows license (~$25 on this type of computers), your property may still be seized because the package describes what’s been installed… Maybe it was just a matter of adding a line with “Microsoft is a trademark of Microsoft corporation” on the package or documentation (as they even opened it), but it’s still harsh, and may feel like they just found a pretext to confiscate the devices. So blank packages might not be that bad after all. I guess Android boxes with “Kodi” logo may also be looked suspiciously by customs whether banned add-ons are installed or not.

The person who released the document also share some other tidbits with his experience:

I have spoken to several different  DHL warehouse workers and drivers and they say the Customs people are there everyday. Some they grab off the belt and put right on the trucks and others they open right there, look at them, tape them back up and allow them to continue on.

I spoke to Customs this morning …. I asked if it made a difference if the box was made from Android parts instead of Bill Gates and she said it makes no difference. I did not want to argue with her but she said these boxes are just for stealing cable TV.

Why can I buy a Zidoo X6 Pro on for $109.00 but I can’t buy it on a Chinese website for $70.00?>

So customs agents are apparently posted in couriers’ warehouses, at least some people working at the US Customs and Border Patrol believe that TV boxes (and any small computers) are made to steal content from cable providers, and the same exact product that can be bought on Amazon, can be seized for any reasons by customs if bought from outside the US…. Is that a war on TV boxes or an isolated incident? I don’t know, but that means if you’d like to be safe, you’d have to buy locally (likely at a higher price), and selecting TV boxes or mini PCs without trademarked logos or brands on the package may help going through customs…

Axiomtek Braswell pico-ITX Board Fearures Pentium N3710 or Celeron N3060 Processor

June 2nd, 2016 4 comments

Axiomtek has just announced PICO300 pico-ITX board, an update of their PICO842 board replacing Bay Trail processors by Braswell ones. The board supports either Intel Pentium N3710 or Celeron N3060 processors with up to 8 GB memory via a SO-DIMM socket, and includes HDMI or VGA, SATA and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces among others.


Axiomtek PICO300 pico-ITX motherboard specifications:

  • SoC
    • Intel Celeron N3060 dual core processor @  1.6 / 2.48 GHz with 12 EU Intel HD Graphics 400 @ up to 600 MHz (6W TDP) OR
    • Intel Pentium N3710 quad core processor @  1.6 / 2.56 GHz with 16 EU Intel HD Graphics 405 @ up to 700 MHz (6W TDP)
  • System Memory – 1x 204-pin SO-DIMM DDR3L-1600 up to 8GB
  • Storage – 1x SATA-600, 1x mSATA (shared with PCIe mini card)
  • Video Output – 1x LVDS, and 1x HDMI or 1x VGA
  • Audio – MIC-in/Line-out; Realtek ACL662 audio codec
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet with Wake-on-LAN, PXE Boot support (Intel i211AT)
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, and 4x USB 3.0 ports via expansion connector
  • Expansion
    • 1x mini PCI Express (shared with mSATA support)
    • Expansion connectors with 1x PCIe, 2x UART, 1x DDI, 4x USB 3.0, 1x HD audio
  • Misc – Lithium 3V/220mAh, SMBus, hardware monitoring, watchdog timer
  • Power Supply – 12V DC power jack; AT Auto Power On function supported
  • Dimensions – 10 x 7.2 cm (Pico-ITX form factor)
  • Operating Temperature Range – -20°C to +60°C

Intel_Pentium_N3700_pico-ITX_MotherboardThe company does not mention operating system support, but the board should run Windows and Linux operating systems. AXView 2.0 intelligent embedded monitoring software can also be used to manage and monitor the board with SNMP, MQTT, MODBUS, SNMP Trap, and/or Email.

PICO300 is available now at an undisclosed price. Visit the product page for further information.

ECS Live Station Mini PC Includes a Wireless Charger for Your Smartphone

March 30th, 2016 6 comments

ECS Live Station would just be a standard Bay Trail-M mini PC with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage, and overall specifications somewhat similar to Liva X, if it did not also features a wireless charger at the top to charge your smartphone.


ECS Live Station (LS-2-32-W10) specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N2830 quad core processor @ 2.16/2.41 GHz with Intel HD graphics (7.5W TDP)
  • System Memory – 2 GB DDR3L (SO-DIMM)
  • Storage – 32 GB SATADOM module
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI port
  • Audio – 1x audio combo jack for microphone and headphone; Realtek ALC283 HD codec
  • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8111G), 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0
  • Expansion – 1x mini PCIE slot used by wireless module (Wi-FI / BT)
  • Misc – Qi charger on top, charging status LED, power button & LED.
  • Power – 12V/3A
  • Dimensions – 13.8 x 13 x 12.3 cm

The mini PC is pre-loaded Windows 10 Home.

Wireless_Charging_mini_PCThe device is currently listed on Amazon Japan for 37,778 JPY (~$335 US including taxes and shipping) with release sheduled for April 9th. The internal pictures on Amazon also show the memory, storage and wireless module are all replaceable.

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Via Liliputing

SolidRun Introduces Intel Braswell MicroSoMs, and SolidPC Q4 Carrier Board

March 28th, 2016 9 comments

SolidRun has been making ARM based MicroSoMs –  tiny system-on-module – for a while, and integrated them in many of their boards such as HummindBoard Edge or ClearFog Pro, and now the company has packed Intel Braswell processors into 52.8 x 40mm MicroSoMs that can be plugged into SolidPC Q4 carrier board.


SolidPC Q4 Board and Braswell MicroSoM

Two Braswell MicroSoM module have been designed so far: SoM IB8000 and SoM IB3710, which beside having different SoCs, and memory options share most of the same specifications:

  • SoC
    • SoM IB8000 – Intel Atom x5-E8000 quad core processor @ 1.04 / 2.0 GHz with 12EU Intel HD graphics @ 320/600 MHz (5W TDP)
    • SoM IB3710 – Intel Pentium N3710 quad core processor @ 1.6 / 2.56 GHz with 16EU Intel HD graphics 405 @ 400/700 MHz (6W TDP)
  • System Memory
    • SoM IB8000 – 1GB (single channel), 2GB, 4GB or 8GB (dual channel)
    • SoM IB3710 – Up to 8GB (default size)
  • Storage – 64Mbit SPI flash for BIOS/UEFI externally programmable via 8-pin header, optional 4 to 128GB eMMC flash
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet (RTL8111G)
  • MCU – STMicro STM32F042K4U6 ARM Cortex-M4 with 5 generic input/output, 1xHDMI CEC, and 1x IR input connected to main processor via USB.
  • Board to Board Connectors – 3x 80-pin Hirose DF40 (1.5mm to 4mm mating) with the following interfaces
    • Video Output
      • HDMI 1.4b up to 3840×2160 @ 30Hz / 2560×1600 @ 60Hz
      • eDP 1.4 up to 2560×1600 @ 60Hz, 24bpp
    • Camera I/F – 1x 4-lane MIPI CSI-2, 1x 2-lane MIPI CSI-2
    • Storage – 2x SATA 6Gbps, 4x data pins for SD interface
    • USB – 4x USB 3.0 including one OTG
    • 3x PCIe Gen 2.0 1-lane
    • 2x full UART, 1x I2C, GPIOs (multiplexed)
    • Audio signals (no details provided)
  • Misc – RTC with 3.3v battery on-carrier
  • Power Supply – 7V to 21V Vin; PMU: 2 wake up signal and other power management indications
  • Dimensions – 52.8 x 40 mm

Enclosure for SolidPC Q4


SolidPC Q4 carrier board key features and ports:

  • SoM Model- SOM E8000 or N3710 with up to 8GB DDR3
  • Storage – M.2 (2242) SSD Connector
  • Video Output – 1x Displayport,  1x HDMI 1.4b up to 4k 30fps
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) with PoE option, M.2 2230 Connector for WiFi/BT
  • USB – 3×USB 3.0 Host
  • 2×UART Headers
    I/O and Misc. Power on Button
  • Misc – Reset Button, Infrared receiver, Indication LEDs, battery for RTC
  • Power Supply – 7V-21V DC input; Voltage out for carrier board: 2.8A, 2.1A, 1.75A and 1.05A
  • Dimensions – 100 × 80mm

The module and board support Windows, Linux, and Android operating systems.

The company expect their solutions to be used in industrial PCs, digital signage players,  video analytics, security & medical applications, as well as drones.

All products are listed as “coming soon”, and pricing has not been released. More details can be found on SolidRun’s Intel Braswell family page.

Raspberry Pi 3, ODROID-C2 and Pine A64+ Development Boards Comparison

March 1st, 2016 71 comments

Raspberry Pi 3 and hardkernel ODROID-C2 launched the same day, and together with Pine A64/A64+, are the only ultra low cost (<$40) 64-bit ARM development boards available or soon-to-be available, so I’ve decided to make a comparison of the three boards the same way I did with ~$10 boards with a Raspberry Pi Zero, C.H.I.P, and Orange Pi One comparison.


I’ve used features of Pine A64+ instead of Pine A64 since features and price are closer to the other two boards. Text highlighted in green means a board is clearly better than the other two for a given features, while a red highlight means it’s the weakest of the three.

Raspberry Pi 3 ODROID-C2 Pine A64 Plus
Processor Broadcom BCM2837 quad core Cortex A53 processor @ 1.2 GHz(4x ~2760 DMIPS) Amlogic S905 quad core Cortex A53 processor @ 2.0 GHz(4x ~4600 DMIPS) Allwinner A64 quad core Cortex A53 processor @ 1.2 GHz
(4x ~2760 DMIPS)
GPU VideoCore IV @ 300/400 MHz Penta core (3+2) ARM Mali-450 ARM Mali-400MP2
Video Decoding

1080p30 for H.264, MPEG2* and VC1*

* Extra licenses required

8-/10-bit H.265 up to 4K @ 60fps, H.264 up to 4K @ 30 fps, H.263, VC1, Mpeg1/2, AVS,  Realvideo up to 1080p60

H.265/HEVC @ up to 4K @ 30 fps, H.264, VP8, AVS/AVS+ & MPEG1/2/2 @ 1080p60 , VC1 and MJPEG up to 1080p @ 30 fps

Video Encoding Full HD H.264 video encoding

H.264 up to 1080p @ 60fps

H.264 up to 1080p @ 60fps

 1 or 2GB DDR3
Storage micro SD card slot micro SD card slot + eMMC socket micro SD card slot
Boot media micro SD card slot, USB or PXE (network boot) micro SD card slot or eMMC socket micro SD card slot

10/100M Ethernet via USB bridge

Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless Connectivity

WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz) and Bluetooth 4.1 LE

No, requires USB dongle Not included by default, but an optional WiFi 802.11 b/g/n & Bluetooth module can be added
USB 4x USB 2.0 host ports + 1x micro USB port for power only 4x USB 2.0 host ports + micro USB OTG port 2x USB 2.0 host ports
Video HDMI 1.4 with CEC and 3.5mm composite video jack

HDMI 2.0 with CEC

Composite video can be added via unpopulated 2-pin header

HDMI 1.4
Audio  HDMI and 3.5 mm audio jack (Shared with composite video) HDMI
HDMI,  3.5mm audio jack
I/Os and other peripherals

40-pin header with 26 –GPIOs, 1x UART (debugging), 1x SPI, 2x I2C, PCM/I2S, 2x PWM

CSI (camera serial interface)

DSI (display serial interface).

40-pin header with GPIO, I2C, UART, PWM, 1-wire, and ADC

7-pin I2S for audio

Built-in IR receiver

40-pin Raspberry Pi 2 compatible header with up to 27x GPIOs, 1x I2C, 1x SPI, 1x UART.

34-pin “Euler” header with IR, I2S, 1x SPI, 2x UART, S/PDIF

4-lane MIPI DSI connector and touch panel connector

MIPI CSI camera interface 
Power 5V via micro USB
Idle power consumption:
With UI (Raspbian?): 0.31A @ ~5V
Terminal only: 0.22A @ 5.19 V
5V via micro USB OTG port or power barrel
Idle power consumption: TBD
5V via power barrel or 3.7V LiPo battery
Idle power consumption: TBD
Dimensions 85 x 56 mm 85 x 56mm 127mm x 79mm
Linux Support

Official: Raspbian with recent Linux 4.x kernel.

 Many other community supported distros including OpenELEC, OSMC, Ubuntu Matte, Ubuntu Snappy Core, etc…

32-bit user space only (currently)

Mainline Linux support in progress.

Official: Ubuntu 16.04 64-bit images with Linux 3.14 kernel

Amlogic S905 Mainline Linux support in progress (but likely preliminary)

Community: Ubuntu 16.04 64-bit with Kernel 3.10 (No GPU and VPU support)

Mainline support in progress.

Android Support

No (at least not a usable version)

Android 5.1 Android 5.1
Windows 10 IoT Support Yes No Not yet, but maybe later
Community Largest community so far for a development board on Raspberry Pi Forums.

Monthly MagPi magazine

Active community on ODROID forums

Monthly ODROID magazine

Somewhat active Pine64 Forum, but frequency of post should increase once many of the 36,781 Kickstarter backers receive their board
Documentation,  and hardware files. Documentation is available via eLinux RPI Wiki, with little info about Raspberru Pi 3 specifically, but it’s not really an issue, as it’s software compatible with Raspberry Pi 2

Schematics are not available, even in PDF format, and the board hardware is closed source.

Broadcom BCM2837 datasheet is not available, however many of the peripherals will be similar to BCM2835 where the datasheet has been released.

Documentation can be found on ODROID-C2 Wiki.

Schematics (PDF), autocad files, and Amlogic S905 datasheet are not available (yet), but those files were provided for ODROID-C1.

No PCB layout or Gerber files are provided for ODROID boards, so the board is also closed source.


Documentation is available on Pine64 Wiki.

Schematics (PDF), and datasheet for all main chips including Allwinner A64 datasheet have been released.

PCB layout and Gerber files are not available, which makes the board closed source.


 Listed Price  $35  $40  $19 (1GB RAM) / $29 (2GB RAM) Kickstarter prices
Shipping to US address  $7.99 via MCM Electronics

Total: $42.99

$6.75 on Ameridroid.
Total: $48.70 (Board price is $41.95)
Total: $26 or $36
Distribution network and Availability Wide sales network, with most online retailers and some brick and mortar shops selling Raspberry Pi boards. Good availability as the foundation produces 300,000 boards before launch Available via Hardkernel, or distributors in US and Europe. Shipping may be costly to some other countries. Currently not available, and it’s not clear which distributions channels will be used. Kickstarter backer s are starting to receive their boards.

Since there’s quite a lot to go through, I may have made some mistakes, or missed some little known features, and corrections are welcome in the comments section. Please note that the prices for Pine A64 is likely to go up a little after the Kickstarter campaign.

Boards are likely to show similar performance in synthetic benchmark, except ODROID-C2 which should show a significant lead. However, I could not find benchmark for Pine A64 right now, and as we’ve seen this morning, Aarch64 improves performance significantly over Aarch32, so current benchmarks are likely to become invalid if/once Raspberry Pi 3 gets a 64-bit port. For example, Pine A64 is currently 15 times faster in sysbench CPU benchmark (prime numner computation) compared to Raspberry Pi 3, and it’s clearly not showing the true performance difference.

As usual there’s no board that is always better than the other two, and depending on your use case, technical ability, and other factors, one board may be better suited to you or your application.