$159 CuBox Pro: Open Source Development Platform Based on Marvell ARMADA SoC

Back in 2011, SolidRun unveiled the CuBox, a miniature open source development platform based on Marvell Armada 510 SoC (88AP510) and aimed at applications such as multimedia, set-top-box, network attached storage (NAS), thin client, digital signage, automation… SolidRun has now announced an upgraded version called CuBox Pro based on the same platform but with 2 GB RAM, and a redesigned casing.

SolidRun CuBox ProHere are the specifications of this development platform:

  • Marvell Armada 510 SoC – 800 MHz dual issue ARM PJ4 processor, VFPv3, wmmx SIMD and 512KB L2 cache.
  • 2GByte DDR3 at 800MHz
  • 1080p Video Decode Engine
  • OpenGL ES 2.0 graphic engine
  • HDMI 1080p Output (with CEC function)
  • Gigabit Ethernet, SPDIF (optical audio), eSata 3Gbps, 2xUSB 2.0, micro-SD, micro-USB (console)
  • Standard Infra-red receiver for 38KHz based IR controllers.
  • No JTAG required. Unbrickable for Developers (i.e. you can’t brick the device to the point you have to physically remove the flash, burn it and solder it again to repair it)
  • Linux based distributions like Ubuntu, Debian and others
  • Android
  • Chrome with flash 10.1
  • Gstreamer with GPU acceleration
  • XBMC Media Center
The CuBox Pro sells for $159 with a universal power supply (5V/2A DC Output, 2.1mm/5.5mm standard connector) and a 4GB microSD with Ubuntu pre-installed. If the original CuBox was sold at a relatively competitive price ($135) in 2011, $159 for this type of system in 2013 is not what I would call a bargain, although it could be an option if eSata and Gbe is a must for your application, as those are not available on most boards. If you just need 2GB RAM, go get yourself an ODROID-U2 ($89) instead. Nevertheless, if you are still interested by this system, you may pre-order the board on Solid-Run Cubox Pro page, and you should receive it later this month.
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3 Replies to “$159 CuBox Pro: Open Source Development Platform Based on Marvell ARMADA SoC”

  1. The only Cubox systems available anywhere I’ve seen currently, 2015, are based on the Freescale Imx6, not a Marvell SOC. I’ve not seen any Marvell systems at all, but have several of the Imx6 systems which work quite well.

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