BDD Group Announces AllWinner A10 Computer-on-Module

BDD Group (Black Dragon Development Group), a US based technology startup, has recently announced an AllWinner A10 Computer-on Module (CoM) targeting the industrial embedded market with support for Linux, Android and WinCE operating systems.

AllWinner A10 CoM and Carrier Board (Click to Enlarge)
AllWinner A10 CoM and Carrier Board (Click to Enlarge)

The company did not provide complete specifications for the CoM/SoM, and they basically listed A10 specifications and added an RTC:

  • SoC – AllWinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 CPU + Mali-400 GPU
  • VPU – Support for 2160P video decoding, 3D video decoding, various codecs such as VP8, AVS, H. 264 MVC, VC-1, MPEG-1,2,4, etc, and H.264 HP video encoding up to 1080p @ 30 fps or dual-channel 720p @ 30 fps.
  • Display
    • Multi-channel HD display
    • Integrated HDMI 1.4
    • YPbPr, CVBS, VGA
    • Multiple LCD interfaces, including CPU, RGB, LVDS up to Full HD
  • Memory
    • 32-bit DDR2/DDR3 up to 2GB
    • SLC/MLC/TLC/DDR NAND up to 64 GB
  • Boot Devices – NAND Flash, SPI NOR Flash, SD Card,USB
  • RTC – Real time clock with rechargeable battery
  • Networking – Built in 10/100M Ethernet PHY (RTL8201)
  • Interfaces – GPIO, SPI, I2C, TWI, SDIO, Can Bus, RS485, RS232…

The company will also provide development tools such as a carrier board (pictured above), and the software and tools based on the work by linux-sunxi community. The A10 CoM was also discussed on arm-netbook mailing list last month, and we know that the SoM measures about 52mm x 68mm and uses a standard SODIMM socket. At the time, they were testing three versions with 512MB, 1GB and 2GB RAM, but and developed products based on 512MB version with no flash, and 1GB version with 4G flash.

This project is different from the open source A10 SoM developed by JM, and since it’s a commercial venture, I’d except the hardware of the module to be closed source, with only the carrier board’s hardware files being fully open.

BDD Group expects the A10 CoM to be available at the end of this month, A20 and A31 CoM are also planned at a later stage. The company also works on its Rapid Embedded Design and Development systems (REDD), a combined hardware and software solution to be available in Q2 2013. There are no details, but I’d speculate this would be the A10 CoM combined with a development carrier board, as well as Linux, Android and WinCE BSPs.

You can find more information on BDD Group A10 CoM, AllWinner’s “A10 Wizard CoM”, and linux sunxi’s BDD 10 CoM pages.

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