pcDuino is a new development board based on AllWinner A10 Cortex A8 SoC that comes with 1GB RAM and 2GB NAND Flash, HDMI output, as well as USB and Ethernet RJ45 ports, and is said to feature 2.54mm pin headers compatible with Arduino boards.
Here are the pcDuino specifications:
- SoC – AllWinner A10 ARM Cortex A8 CPU @ 1GHz + Mali-400 GPU
- System Memory – 1GB DRAM
- Storage – 2GB Flash + SD card slot for up to 32GB
- Video Output – HDMI
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 Host
- Ethernet – 10/100 Mbps (RJ45)
- Wi-Fi – Via USB Wi-Fi dongle (not included with the board)
- Headers – 2.54mm pin headers: 1x UART, 6x ADCs, 2x PWMs up to 24MHz, 14x GPIOs, 1x I2C and 1x SPI.
- Power Supply – 5V/2A
- Dimensions – 125mm x 52mm
The board comes preloaded with Ubuntu 12.10, but it also supports Android 4.0 ICS. The “Arduino compatible header” allow you to connect any Arduino shield to pcDuino, and pcDuino developers have written C code to allow programming the I/O like an Arduino.
The company provides Ubuntu and Android images, tools (liveSuite/Phoenix card), a user guide, and some hardware files for the board: mechanical drawings (PDF and DXF) and schematics (PDF). In their user manual, they compare pcDuino to the Raspberry Pi, but it’s actually much closer to the Cubieboard, albeit with less exposed I/O pins.
The board is available now, and can be purchased for $59 + decent shipping fees to the US, and exorbitant ones to anywhere else. [Update: Worldwide free shipping is available from ezMCU]. [Update 2: Surprisingly it’s also available on DealExtreme for $64.50 inc. shipping]
Thanks to David for the news.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.