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QuickEmbed UPuter Pi – $69 AllWinner A10 Development Board

Orange Pi Development Boards

I’ve been informed of a new AllWinner A10 development board which is marketed as some sort of Raspberry Pi “clone”, although the hardware is different. The UPuter Pi is a small board designed by QuickEmbed Technology, a Shanghai based company, that features AllWinner A10 processor @ 1.5 GHz, 512 to 1 GB RAM, and 4 to 8 GB Flash.

Here are the specs as mentioned on the company website:

  • CPU 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A8 multi-core Mali400 graphic engine
  • Memory 512M/1GB DDR3
  • Flash 4G/8G
  • DC 5V USB power
  • working temperature -10 to 70C
  • storage temperature -20 to 80C
  • Android 4.0
  • WIFI/RJ45 network
  • USB/Wireless keyboard/mouse
  • 3G usb card
  • TF card, U-disk, usb harddisk
  • 720P/1080P/2160P

I must have gone blind because I don’t see any RJ45 connector (for Ethernet). The board will support Android 4.0 and all the usual Linux distros supported by Allwinner A10 processor. QuickEmbed may have pushed the clone concept a bit too far as their slogan “If you want to know how UPuter Pi taste, please take a bite by yourself.” and their 2 models may sound familiar to some:

  •  UPuter Pi module A board – bare PCBA
  •  UPuter Pi module B board – It looks the same but a case is included, and it’s very much like a mini PC.

They do provide 6 GPIOs, UART and JTAG access which makes it an interesting hacker board. However, at $69, the price is OK, but not really aggressive, especially as I’m expecting a $49 AllWinner A10 development board with features similar to the Mele A1000 plus an expansion header (GPIO, I2C, SPI…) very shortly, possibly as soon as next week…

Have a look at QuickEmbed UPuter Pi page for details.

  1. e8hffff
    August 25th, 2012 at 13:29 | #1

    Without a Mali 400 driver for linux these boards are not very usable except as a server. In this situation you’d be better with a mele as you get a case and other features.

  2. August 25th, 2012 at 13:38 | #2

    There is a Mali 400 driver for Linux, the main problem is X11 support. Some people claim to have made it work (http://blog.dryft.net/2012/07/working-mali-x11-driver-on-mk802-a10.html), but the performance improvements appears to be disappointing.

    I don’t know how the the latest compiz/open gles announcement (http://smspillaz.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/delivering-compiz-and-unity-on-the-next-wave-of-embedded-form-factors/) could improve that.

    You’re right the Mele A1000 is more interesting that this board.

  3. Kim
    August 25th, 2012 at 13:46 | #3

    Isn’t this just a USB stick without the case?

  4. August 25th, 2012 at 13:48 | #4

    Yes, but they say they provide access to GPIOs, although I can’t see header or through holes for that.

    Edit: OK, I can see on there website they have “test points” where you could solder wires to access the GPIOs.

  5. Onebir
    August 25th, 2012 at 13:48 | #5

    This $49 board you mention has SATA like the Mele?

  6. August 25th, 2012 at 13:51 | #6

    Yes. it does.

  7. mac me
    August 25th, 2012 at 19:59 | #7

    the board youre expecting .. remember if comparing to the mele to add the cost of the additional bits necessary for sata nand etc (and case/caddy etc).

    were likely to be getting in to sub $100 quad core territory soon so the A10’s days may very well be short lived and added to that its linux distro (particularly video and sata drivers) are still a partially (non) working mess … hopefully if olimex do an A10 board they will have the wherewithall to get particularly the SATA and video srivers sorted out

  8. Onebir
    August 26th, 2012 at 13:18 | #8

    @mac me
    Where’s the best place to get info on the state of the Linux A10 video & sata drivers?

  9. Onebir
    August 27th, 2012 at 00:55 | #9

    I think this is it on Taobao (Chinese Ebay):

    No built-in RJ45 – cnxsoft’s eyesight’s ok 🙂 – but there’s a big picture of an ethernet adapter (& they say it supports them easily). Chinese base price is USD44 (512mb, 4GB) – USD55 (1GB, 8GB).

  10. August 27th, 2012 at 09:58 | #10

    Thanks. Yes, but then all devices with a USB host port can support Ethernet (as long as the kernel is compiled for it).
    It appears to be version II, wonder what version I is.

  11. Onebir
    August 27th, 2012 at 12:42 | #11

    Indeed – the ethernet claim’s just Chinese electronics seller exaggeration.

    There are links to ‘树每派 I’ and ‘树每派 III’ at the side of the page, under the 2nd blue box with “>>”. But they click through to a page with “没有对应的宝贝” – “there is no corresponding product” buried in the middle.

  12. September 5th, 2012 at 10:31 | #12

    now it is with case by model B, case is ready! pretty nice!

  13. Iori
    October 8th, 2012 at 09:14 | #13

    There is a heat sink on the top of the A10 , So it must be more stable .

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