Allwinner A80 Android TV Boxes Coming Soon, Starting with Zero Devices Z8C Alice

Allwinner A80 based tablets such as Onda V989, and development boards such as A80 OptimusBoard started to ship one to two months ago, but there was absolutly no news about Android mini PCs / media player based on the latest Allwinner processor. This is about to change as ZeroDevices twitted about their Z8C Alice TV Box, apparently designed by Sunchip, and in collaboration with a UK based digital signage company called Eclipse Digital Media.

Zero_Devices_Z8C_AlicePreliminary technical specifications that we can infer from the picture above:

  • SoC – AllWinner Ultra Core A80 4x Cortex 15, 4x Cortex A7 big.LITTLE processor with Imagination Technologies PowerVR GC6230 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.0, Directx 9.3
  • System Memory – N/A
  • Storage – ?? GB eMMC + SD card slot + SATA port (most probably via a USB 2.0/3.0 bridge)
  • Video  Output – HDMI + AV port
  • Audio – HDMI, AV, and optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, probably Bluetooth too
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 OTG port, 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – IR receiver (not soldered on the picture above).
  • Power Supply – N/A
  • Dimensions – N/A

There’s a header at the back of the picture that might be used to connect a small board with for power button, and/or LEDs (TBC). The four through holes very close to the power barrel and S/PDIF connector is most likely the UART pins. Zero Devices also started a thread on Freaktab, where they posted a picture with showing the device get 54,253 points in Antutu. For some reasons, Antutu scores reported with devices and boards powered by Allwinner A80 have varied a lot from just a little over 30,000 to 65,000 depending on the firmware used, so any score should be taken with a grain of salt.

Pricing and availability are unknown at this stage.

Share this:
FacebookTwitterHacker NewsSlashdotRedditLinkedInPinterestFlipboardMeWeLineEmailShare

Support CNX Software! Donate via cryptocurrencies, become a Patron on Patreon, or purchase goods on Amazon or Aliexpress

ROCK 5 ITX RK3588 mini-ITX motherboard

19 Replies to “Allwinner A80 Android TV Boxes Coming Soon, Starting with Zero Devices Z8C Alice”

  1. @TLS
    There’s an IR header (3-pin not soldered) close to the white header on the top in the picture.
    I understand the 2.5 (or 3.5?)mm jack on the left of the S/PDIF connector should be for AV output, and the 4-pin header (not soldered) might be for UART.

    @Jacob Ritzema
    I’ve contacted Allwinner, and they can not reproduce the issues on their side. They told me it could be the power supply. But the 5V/3A provided with the board, as as well as an another one can’t sustain the load. In case it was temperature related, I’ve now added a largish heatsink + an external fan, and the problem still occurs when running multi-core benchmarks. So either my board has issue, or I need a 5V/4A power supply.

  2. You are right in the article, the white connector is used to connect a small board for IR and led light.

    AC/DC Adaptor is 12V

  3. @cnxsoft
    Simplest power fix that can extend beyond singular hack is to get a big lab supply, and use a hacked USB hub as a “extension cord”, personally used one of those el-cheapo 7-port hubs with individual switches (as sticks cannot be powered up without removing the power first), only mod being changing the individual port fuses with 4A ones (maybe a 6A would suit these RK3288/A80/M802 ones better).

  4. @anon
    I looked into these yesterday, something like:
    The other advantage would be that it also provides an easy way to measure power consumption. But I’m not sure if cheap models work as advertised.

    Most devices I receive now come with barrel connectors, so I’d just use a cable with a various plugs as shown in that picture:

  5. @cnxsoft
    Those cheap adjustable PSUs are terrible, they are not even close to stable, or EMI, free.

    A proper SMPS fixed voltage supplys are much better (and >90% efficient while at it), some have currency/power display too, but personally my default to go mfg is MeanWell, that does those SMPS supplys where you wire it up yourself… to a USB hub with hacked 5VDC cable, those cost next to nothing.

    As simple shunt + voltage meter can act for currency/power measurement.

  6. Question for Tom Cubie :

    Tom how allwinner will manage to solve the availability of open source drivers for PowerVR GC6230 ?

    As long as this issue is not solved im afraid that this amazing board is waste of time and good components.

  7. @Javi
    Yep, but the overall scheme of SMPS + “hacked extension cord” still stands, there are also those “one to n” 5.5mm * 2.1mm barrel cables for “CCTV” and other such 12VDC equipment, so that would work nicely, in case that is 5.5/2.1 instead of something more exotic. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Khadas VIM4 SBC
Khadas VIM4 SBC