$15 PINE64 64-Bit ARM Single Board Computer is Powered by Allwinner R18 Processor (Crowdfunding)

It looks like Next Things’ C.H.I.P computer with Allwinner R8 processor will soon have a big brother with PINE A64 board powered by Allwinner R18 / A64 quad core Cortex A53 processor, and made by a US start-up also called PINE 64.

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PINE A64 and PINE A64+, a version with more memory and features, will have the following specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner R18 (based on Allwinner A64?) quad core ARM Cortex A53 processor @ 1.2 GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory
    • PINE64 –  512 MB DDR3
    • PINE64+ – 1 GB DDR3
  • Storage – micro SD slot supporting up to 256 GB
  • Video Output
    • HDMI 1.4 up to 4K resolution @ 30 Hz
    • PINE64+ only –  4-lane MIPI DSI connector and touch panel connector
  • Video Codecs – H.265 up to 4K
  • Audio – HDMI, 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity
    • PINE64 – Fast Ethernet + optional WiFi & Bluetooth module
    • PINE64+ – Gigabit Ethernet + optional WiFi & Bluetooth module
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Camera (PINE64+ only) – MIPI CSI camera interface
  • Expansion – 40-pin Raspberry Pi 2 compatible header + 34-pin “Euler” header
  • Misc – RTC header
  • Power – 5V via micro USB port; 3.7V Lithium battery support
  • Dimensions – N/A
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The platform will support Android 5.1, Ubuntu, and OpenWRT operating systems, as well as open source software like openHAB for automation or XBMC/Kodi. All pictures above show Allwinner R18 processor, which I’ve never heard of before, but it must be pin-to-pin compatible with Allwinner A64 as some pictures and parts of the promo video show the latter. So I assume Allwinner R18 must be a low cost version of Allwinner A64, similar to what R8 is to A13.

The boards will be launch on Kickstarter on December 9, 2015, with PINE A64 going for $15, and PINE A64+ for $19, excluding shipping and handling. You can find a few more details, and/or sign-up for the launch on pine64.com.

Thanks to Peter for the tip!

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