Hummingbird A31 Is a $70 Feature-packed Development Board Powered by AllWinner A31

Merrii Technologies introduced the Hummingbird development kit powered by AllWinner A20 last year. Since then they’ve sold 10,000 pieces, and have been working on another development board based on AllWinner A31 with lots of different ports and options, including an optional 7″ capacitive touch screen.

Quad_Core_Hummingbird_development_board“Quad Core” Hummingbird specifications:

  • SoC – AllWinner A31 quad core ARM Cortex-A7 with PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU compliant with OpenGL ES2.0, OpenCL 1.x, DX 9_3
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB Flash + micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI, VGA, LVDS
  • Video Input – 3.5mm jack for CVBS (or YPbPr?) In (TV IN)
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, 3.5mm jack for stereo audio, 3.5mm jack for Line IN (Same as TV IN). 2x 15w amplifier on-board.
  • Camera – MIPI interface
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (AP6210 module)
  • Cellular Connectivity – SIM card slot + mini PCIe connector for 3G modem
  • USB – 2x USB host port, 1x micro USB OTG, and 3 internal USB headers.
  • Debugging – UART console
  • Expansion Headers – Two 2×30 headers with access to GPIOs, LVDS, and other signals
  • Misc – Speaker headers, RS485 port, IR receiver, power, reset and uboot keys, RTC + battery slot
  • Power – 12V

 

A31_Hummingbird

Detailed information is not available for this board, but thanks to Charbax video below we know the board will be compatible with the same 7″ display (800×600) support by Hummingbird A20, and the company can provide Android 4.4 and Linux 3.3 + Qt SDKs with full source code for the board. Compared to the previous versions, Hummingbird A31 adds supports for 3G Modules, a VGA interface, and more accessible pins.

The board is available for purchase now via Aliexpress for $70 plus shipping by courier ($15 to $20). [Update: You can now get it for $69.99 including shipping on GeekBuying]

Via armdevices.net

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Sander
Sander
6 years ago

I thought “no ethernet connector on the picture?”, but I just learned GMAC = Gigabit Media Access Controller, so that must be the GigE

xxiao
xxiao
6 years ago

wish it had a wifi module onboard

miska
miska
6 years ago

It does. Look to down left corner. AP6210

Jon Smirl
6 years ago

@xxiao The A20 Hummingbird has wifi/BT combo. The module in the lower left of the A31 board looks identical to the one on the A20 board, but the photo isn’t clear enough to know for sure.

Jon Smirl
6 years ago

@xxiao In the video you can see that it is an AP6210. That is SDIO 2.4Ghz / BT 4.0 combo modules. Same module that is on the Cubietruck. There is chip antenna on edge of board labeled ANT1.

adem
adem
6 years ago

is this wifi module same as the one on cs868 because that was the only good thing on that device.

onebir
onebir
6 years ago

Hummingbird, Hummingboard – no wonder I was confused!
http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/04/21/

So this one has a socket for a sim card because 3G modem modules (as opposed to cased devices) don’t?

ran
ran
6 years ago

Does this board have a serial ttl connector? What about a fex mode button

What other IOs it has in these two long headers on its back?

ran
ran
6 years ago

@ran
Ok, I missed the small uart connector at the bottom of the picture. Perhaps the uboot key is the fex?

I still wonder if anyone knows what gpios those 2×30 headers offer. Must be most of what the a31 can offer..

Bronx Guy
Bronx Guy
6 years ago

Where do i place an order for the Hummingbird A31 Development Board?

Is there an fel button on the board?

salim safran
salim safran
6 years ago

very impressive, was waiting for you to come-up with this board, finally is you put all the options on it, thank you

Graham
Graham
6 years ago

How do you load OS onto this board?

Is it VGA out?

vijay
vijay
6 years ago

Is this board community supported ? where are the wiki’s, userguides any forums for interacting with other developers ?

Javi
6 years ago

I’m thinking if change from rockchip to allwinner. I planed to buy some development boards for a team project and I thought maybe the Radxa is a very good option for my guys to learn. After find this A31 I though it’s really wanderful, but I don’t see any support or documentation. I probably will need MIPI display output and this one (from their aliexpress shop) looks like have it, the Radxa does not have. I’ll try to contact them tomorrow, if they have documentation maybe I try to work in AllWinner products.

Javi
6 years ago

We have contacted Merrii today… and the contact girl does not look like she knows anything about development. Also said their tech people mainly does not speak english. Anyway we will try to contact some tech guy there and ask about documentation. I guess they don’t have anything…

The board looks really good, but even Radxa community looks 1000 times better.

Jon Smirl
6 years ago

@Javi Radxa and Rockchip support don’t seem to be working towards submitting their code to mainline Linux. Their Linux support is for 3.0 which is a couple of years old. It is easy to hack old kernels, just look up the published exploits that have been fixed in later kernels. Sony lost millions when their Play Station network got hacked because of old kernels. The sunxi group is working towards mainline submission of the Allwinner code. A lot of it is already in mainline. Hopefully Allwinner will start participating in this process more directly since they have joined Linaro. So… Read more »

Maxime Ripard
Maxime Ripard
6 years ago

@Jon Smirl

That’s wrong. Rockchip even contributes directly to the kernel.

Javi
6 years ago

I have a project in my hands related to a basic board (quad core) with a small high quality display. It must run Android. I don’t have a great knowledge about LCD yet, so the MERRII board has more LCD potential. I found most of 3 to 5 inch LCDs are MIPI. If I understood well, the MERRII Hummingbird has MIPI, as well as LVCD, RGB and HDMI. In detail: Dual-Channel LVDS 1920×[email protected] 4 lanes MIPI DSI 1920×[email protected] Dual-channel RGB/CPU LCD 2048×[email protected] Integrated HDMI1.4 [email protected] The Radxa has HDMI, A/V and RGB (in same LCD line than A/V). There is… Read more »

Javi
6 years ago

I will need around 4″ LCD ~ 720p (or near). Any way to learn about LCD control managed by Android?

Javi
6 years ago

Today I could speak in english with a sales. They said will provide documentation in english after buying. They asked why don’t go to visit their office here in Shenzhen… maybe I can go.

Domingos(Brasil)
Domingos(Brasil)
5 years ago

Graham :How do you load OS onto this board?
Is it VGA out?

OS…

a31 hummingbird android 4.4 sdk : 链接: http://pan.baidu.com/s/1dDre0Sx 密码: 5ck9
a31 humingbird android 4.4 固件 lcd 显示: 链接: http://pan.baidu.com/s/12FRT8 密码: w1s6
a31 humingbird android 4.2 sdk : 链接: http://pan.baidu.com/s/1jG5NylS 密码: tz17
a31 hummingbird android 4.2 固件 lcd 显示: 链接: http://pan.baidu.com/s/1o6BKT8Q 密码: b7de
a31 hummingbird android 4.2 固件 vga 显示: 链接: http://pan.baidu.com/s/1eQrIvZG 密码: nfqw
a31 hummingbird linux sdk : 链接: http://pan.baidu.com/s/1hqFuStu 密码: kdcw
a31 hummingbird linux 固件 : 链接: http://pan.baidu.com/s/1gdraw5X 密码: ibal

Unable to boot the microSd.

Domingos – Juazeiro-Ba – BRASIL.

Domingos(Brasil)
Domingos(Brasil)
5 years ago

Look!

http://wens.csie.org/a31/

Domingos – Juazeiro-Ba – BRASIL

wens
wens
5 years ago
Viktor
Viktor
5 years ago

Anybody already use this board???

Kanna
Kanna
5 years ago

I purched a “Allwinner-A31-Quad-Core-Cortex-A7-Development-Board” I have problem to downlord the OS. could you please help me to downlord please please see this link Graham :How do you load OS onto this board? Is it VGA out? OS… a31 hummingbird android 4.4 sdk : 链接: http://pan.baidu.com/s/1dDre0Sx 密码: 5ck9 a31 humingbird android 4.4 固件 lcd 显示: 链接: http://pan.baidu.com/s/12FRT8 密码: w1s6 a31 humingbird android 4.2 sdk : 链接: http://pan.baidu.com/s/1jG5NylS 密码: tz17 a31 hummingbird android 4.2 固件 lcd 显示: 链接: http://pan.baidu.com/s/1o6BKT8Q 密码: b7de a31 hummingbird android 4.2 固件 vga 显示: 链接: http://pan.baidu.com/s/1eQrIvZG 密码: nfqw a31 hummingbird linux sdk : 链接: http://pan.baidu.com/s/1hqFuStu 密码: kdcw a31… Read more »

ahmad
ahmad
5 years ago

hello sir
linux image is not working ….phoenixcard says it SCRIPT not found! and phoenixsuit also giving error …plz help me and tell me the procedure to flash linux image in a31 hummingbird

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