And yet another AllWinner A20 development platform shows up in my news stream in about 24 hours. Merrii Technology, a Shenzhen based electronics design house, has showed off their Hummingbird Development Kit to ARMDevices.net. The development board comes with 1GB RAM, 4GB NAND Flash, Gigabit Ethernet, SATA, HDMI output, and more. There’s also an optional 7″ capacitive touch screen display for the board. The company explains the kit can be used to develop application such as media players, game consoles, IPTV, automotive products (GPS & IVI), robots, servers, surveillance products, and home automation systems.
- SoC – AllWinner A20 dual ARM Cortex-A7 core @ 1 GHz with ARM Mali400-MP2 GPU
- System Memory – 1GB DDR3 (2x 4Gb 16bits DDR3)
- Storage – 4GB MLC 64bit ECC NAND Flash (Hynix H27UBG8T2A), SATA II connectors, and micro SD card slot (Up to 32GB)
- Connectivity – Wifi & Bluetooth (two-in-one module), 10/100/1000M Ethernet (Realtek RTL8201CP)
- USB – 1x USB 2.0 OTG, 2x USB 2.0 Host
- Video I/O – HDMI out, CVBS out, and YPbPr input. Display connector for LVDS and RGB displays. VGA is apparently available via the expansion headers.
- Touch Panel – Support quad-line resistive touch screen and capacitive touch screen with TWI interface
- Audio I/O – Headphone jack, Line-in
- Expansion – 2x 50-pin headers at the back of the board. For detailed pin assignments, please refer to the board product brief.
- Debugging – UART connector
- Misc – Reset and power on keys, IR sensor
- Power – 5V/2A DC. PMIC: AXP209. Battery slot (for RTC?)
- Dimensions – 105 x 70 mm
Although Merrii Technology is supposed to be a design house, the PCB design seem to have been outsourced to WITS as the marking at the center bottom part of the PCB implies. It’s also possible the two companies have the same owner(s), and WITS / Merrii products are jointly promoted.
The company provides support for Android 4.2, and Linux 3.4 (sunxi). They can also provide a graphical interface based on Qt for Linux. Hummingbird Android SDK is available publicly, and support and Linux images will be available via the company’s BBS.
Charbax video starts with an introduction of the Hummingbird development system, followed by a visit of the company mostly with hardware, software development, and SW QA departments. At the end of the video, they also show WITS A31 development platform ($1300), as well as several AllWinner core boards.
Hummingbird development system is available now for 299 CNY (~$50) for the board only, and 499 CNY (~$82) with the 7″ touchscreen display (800×600). At least that’s the price shown on Merrii’s Hummingbird page, as the company has also setup an Aliexpress store where these are sold for respectively $80 and $108 sometimes including shipping, sometimes excluding shipping. The board is said to come with a power adapter,a USB cable, and a SATA Cable.
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.
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