PcDuino8 Octa-core Development Board Revealed (Video)

Two AllWinner A80 powered development boards are currently expected. We’ve already seen some pictures of the Cubieboard8, and today we can gt more details about PcDuino8 development board thanks to Charbax who visited Linksprite, and interviewed the company.


Here are PcDuino8 (Beta) specifications based on the interview and pictures:

  • SoC – AllWinner A80 octa core big.LITTLE processor with 4 ARM Cortex A15 cores, 4 Cortex A7 cores, and Imagination PowerVR G6200 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB
  • Storage – 4GB flash + micro SD Card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI
  • Audio Output – HDMI, stereo audio jack
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6330 module)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x Micro-B USB 3.0 port
  • Debugging – 14-pin header for JTAG
  • Expansion Header – 32-pin header
  • Misc – IR receiver
  • Power – Round DC power jack (5V?)

The hardware specs are a bit lower compared to the Cubieboard8, notably when it comes to RAM, and USB ports. LinkSprite is currently working on Android and Debian for the board, but they also said some developers are also working on Chromium OS. The board is expected to be available next month, and they hope to keep the price below $100.

The video below is 19 minutes long, but only the first 1 minute and 30 seconds are about their new Octa-core board. The rest of the video includes:

  • History of PcDuino boards including a new PcDuino3 Nano soon to be available
  • A version of Scratch for PcDuino board with an hardware tab to program GPIOs using the program’s graphical user interface.
  • Quick demo of a Robot powered by a PcDuino board
  • PcDuino for education used in schools in Colorado, USA, Germany, and China. Resources are available at learn.linksprite.com
  • Visit of linksprite’s R&D office
  • Quick talk with the developer of Papilio DUO FPGA board, as it happens to be manufactured by Linksprite.

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Two no, at least three, you need to take in count another from Olimex http://olimex.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/a80-olinuxino-oshw-8-core-linux-computer-development-begins/


find the difference with Allwinner Optimus board: http://liliputing.com/2014/04/allwinner-a80-octa-core-chip-coming-q2-2014.html
change the mask from black to white, remove Allwinner from the silkscreen and write pcDuino8! you got new board hehehe


On video i can see SATA port but its missing in description. So what is deal here? A80 doesn’t advertise SATA port..


Ok i watched video and its not there. Its just youtube video titile screen with SATA. Well no A80 for me for sure..


Are they in Shenzhen? I can film them also if they are here.

Are you inviting me to Bulgaria so I can film the Olimex board offices?


Goodness. People hate these things. The comments are always negative every time I see these


The Youtube preview image is probably one they did a few months ago where an image of the A80 is simply put onto a photo of their old board.
It’s a big let-down that the A80 has no SATA interface. And the PowerVR GPU could be a problem with drivers.


You are welcome when you come back to Europe. I got the impression you are settled in China now. All your videos are from ShenZhen area 🙂


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