There are plenty of ARM Linux boards featuring Arduino compatible headers such as UDOO, PcDuino, ATSAMA5D3 Xplained, etc…, and Rubix A10 looks like one of these boards, as it comes with an Allwinner A10 processor, boast Arduino compatible header, and runs Linux or Android, but instead of simply accepting Arduino shields, Rubix A10 can be used as a shield itself for Arduino (UNO?)boards. Rubix A10 specifications:
- SoC – Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex A8 processor @ 1.0 Ghz with Mali-400 GPU
- System Memory – 1GB DDR3
- Storage – 4 to 8 GB MLC 64-bit ECC NAND Flash, micro SD slot up to 128 GB
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4 up to 1080p60
- Audio I/O – HDMI, 3.5 mm jack for MIC + headphone.
- Connectivity – 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi up to 150Mbps,
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host interfaces, 1x mini USB OTG 2.0 port
- Expansions Headers
- Arduino compatible headers
- 26-pin Raspberry Pi compatible header with RS232 UART port, GPIO pins, I2C, PWM, SPI
- Misc – IR receiver, power button, recovery button (designed for Android)
- Power Supply – 12V/1.5-2.0A AC-DC adapter, or 5V via mini USB OTG port
The board can boot various Linux desktop operating systems, as well as Android from the NAND flash or a micro SD card. The Linux distribution is pre-loaded with the Arduino IDE so that you can program your Arduino board directly from the board itself.
The company is apparently looking for more distributors, but the board has been spotted at Fry’s Electronics, and the electronics store also sell it online for $89.99. A few more details can be found on Rubix website which is still very much under construction. There may also be a a crowdfunding campaign launched soon.
Thanks to Bill for the tip.
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.