Charbax is now at the China Sourcing Fair in Hong Kong, meeting and interviewing lots of Chinese companies. One of the companies I’ve been following is AllWinner because of their low-cost ARM Cortex processors, found in many Android devices, which somewhat support Linux.
In the video below, we first learn they have shipped 1 million A31 in the last 4 months, A31s and A20 processors have been available since the end of March for phablets, and A20 price is supposed to be very close to A10. So products based on AllWinner A10 could be upgraded to AllWinner A20 for just a few dollars more as both SoC are (nearly) pin to pin compatible. By the way, if you’re interested in the Cubieboard, you may want to see this.
We then go through lots of devices based on AllWinner SoC, albeit too fast to get many details, but the list may still be interesting for further research:
- A20 and A31 tablets.
- A31s phablets / small screen tablets (Up to 8″).
- 13.3″ tablet powered by AllWinner A31.
- Mini PC / HDMI TV dongles.
- One Gamepad powered by AllWinner A31s made by ibenX.
- AllWinner A10-based Projector.
- 13.3″ Android Laptop based on AllWinner A20 (Available at the end of the month).
- WITS-Tech development board/kit for AllWinner A31.
- Micro-projector with battery powered by AllWinner A20.
- What looks like an industrial device made by XYGALA (pronounced X-Y Gala). Although it looks related to automotive infotainment, I don’t really know what it does, but If you’re interested, the device is quickly shown in the autoplay video on their website (in Chinese).
- A mobile amplifier & karaoke system.
One marketing person working for AllWinner also said the company is thinking about ChromeOS and Linux / Ubuntu support, but I felt like she said that to dodge the question. AllWinner has already released the full SDK for AllWinner A31 to a British company that sounds like “RH”, and the SDK is now available for download to anybody.
I’ve never heard of this SDK or company, maybe somebody can help me out in the comment section. I just know the kernel and datasheet are available via sunxi-linux. Tsvetan Usunov, Olimex founder, suggested RH may be for Rhombus Tech, the company that does the open-source EOMA-68 CPU modules. It’s all good, and they already have all documentation, source code, and hardware files. However, nothing has been released yet, or I haven’t looked at the right place.
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.