ITEAD Studio IBOX Powered by AllWinner A20 Features a 32-Pin Hacker-Friendly Connector (Crowdfunding)

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ITEAD Studio IBOX is a mini computer powered by AllWinner A20 dual core Cortex A7 processor with 1GB RAM and 4GB Flash, a few USB connectors, Ethernet and video/audio connector. This mini pc can run both Android & Linux, and features a 32-pin connector that allows to connect expansion boards.

Itead_studio_iboxLet’s have a look at the specifications:

  • SoC- AllWinner A20 dual core ARM Cortex-A7 @ 1 GHz + ARM Mali 400 MP2
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 4GB NAND Flash + microsd slot
  • Video Output – HDMI
  • Audio Output – HDMI, optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB OTG port (full size)
  • Expansion – 32-pin proprietary connector with TV OUT, USB, LCD, UART, IR, CSI, SPI, SATA, GPIOS and power signals.
  • Misc – LED , IR sensor, and U-boot button (FEL mode?)
  • Power – 5V/2A 9V/2A
  • Dimensions – 145 x 95 x 27 mm

The company provides image with Android and Linux images for NAND and SD Card made by themselves (Android TV A20, Debian 7.0), as well as those made by Cubietech (Android 4.2, Lubuntu, Cubian), ArchLinux ARM, and LinkSprite (Android).

ITEAD Studio IBOX with Scope Probe and Arduino (Photoshop)
ITEA Stuidio IBOX with Scope Probe and Arduino (Photoshop?)

ITEAD Studio shows several pictures of IBOX with expansion boards (as above) but all these seem to be photoshopped, and they explain customers have to create the expansion board yourself, as they don’t have the resources. The hardware inside is composed of a baseboard and a computer-on-module, and schematics (PDF) are available for both, and full hardware design files available for the baseboard.

The company has made an habit of launching their products on Indiegogo, and this time again, IBOX is featured in an Indiegogo campaign where you can get the board for $70 including free shipping.

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adem
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too much for a a20 and i dont really trust allwinner all that much not after i got burnt with the a31

Harley
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I boycott anything A10 or A20 SoC based since Allwinner as a company is so very much anti-FOSS, even if they still don’t realize that themselves.

Only if and when Allwinner learn and release their code with proper open source license then I will change my mind.

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Harley :
I boycott anything A10 or A20 SoC based since Allwinner as a company is so very much anti-FOSS, even if they still don’t realize that themselves.
Only if and when Allwinner learn and release their code with proper open source license then I will change my mind.

The worst thing is that other vendors, except Freescale which is embedded oriented, are worse.

onebir
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Does this have any advantages over A20 Cubieboards? Which at least have a bit of a community already…

wycx
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SATA has to come out the expansion header, which makes it a clumsy solution for anything involving a HDD.

No sign of the elusive CANBUS…is there a single A10 or A20 product anywhere that has implemented it?

wycx
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There is some mention of the CAN interface on Linux Sunxi Mainline effort page which links to a page that links to this thread [1] which has some documentation.

[1] https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/linux-sunxi/CAN/linux-sunxi/Wrj1uYO1xVo/rq_HYUW7PaIJ

It is strange they woudl not enable it since it is on the silicon and that silicon costs money.

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There is an expansion board that accommodates SATA. There’s a picture of the board with a SATA drive on this page:

http://blog.iteadstudio.com/ibox-achieved-funding-goal-on-indiegogo/

I’m not sure if this is the expansion boar that comes with the IBOX on the Indiegogo campaign though, I need to read it over.

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Hedda
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Upstream mainline XBMC still doesn’t support Allwinner A10 or A20 SoC series CedarX VPU.

I would not recommend one of these as a media player until after upstream mainline XBMC get official support hardware video acceleration of Allwinner A10 or A20 SoC series CedarX VPU.

So if and when, as of right now there are no guarantees that they will ever be supported.