$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!

37 Replies to “$15 PINE64 64-Bit ARM Single Board Computer is Powered by Allwinner R18 Processor (Crowdfunding)”

  1. At this price it’s very nice but if the shipping will be another $15 or even more than it’s not such a great deal after all … we’ll see

  2. XBMC/Kodi? Really?

    Isn’t there close to zero support for Allwinner devices under Kodi, at least from the Kodi devs, because of the lousy attitude of Allwinner to Open Source developers and GPL, and the lack of decent Linux driver support for hardware video acceleration?

  3. Do you have 1 or 2GB version? I feel even 2GB is quite limited. Having multi tabs in browser eat up a lot of RAM, not to mention other apps you gonna need.


  4. @fossxplorer

    I agree with you about the RAM.

    I emailed them so ask them to include a 2GB RAM in the crowdfunding campaign, so people can choose. The more people ask for it the more possibilities they will a accept it.

  5. Some more info on fb.com/pine64

    They are working on Lithium batteries to power it, touchscreens, minature keyboards, it all sounds good to me.

  6. RPI-Zero for $5 was out when it’s announced. Where is C.H.I.P? I ordered one but it’s like one year passed while keep getting their emails but nothing shown still, is it a marketing company? speed matters.

  7. @Demetris
    Well for low cost and low power I guess that one is hard to beat. It still does the job, I’d compare it to Intel built-in GPU … just enough for the basics ( desktop and stuff ).

  8. As long as there is no benchmarks and further details about the CPU; I will not go it. And more RAM would definitely help.

  9. Interesting offer, unless the S&S goed above 10 USD.

    Their website says “you can upload the latest version of Linux” … so linux kernel version constraints because of the MALI GPU?

  10. @Steven

    The Orange Pi team just produces boards and more boards, but no proper software, updates, drivers or support. Without these the dev-boards are of very little use.

  11. Alex :
    The Orange Pi team

    …is just Steven himself. None of the hardware manufacturers of Allwinner based SBCs has written any software so far (except of WiringPi and such stuff). They rely on the linux-sunxi community and Allwinner. You always get what you pay for 🙂

  12. > You always get what you pay for 🙂

    Which makes me wonder what one can expect to get for $15, $9, etc. The change I hope for is that people will start to see hardware as what it is – cheap crap, and instead will get ready to pay for (crowdfund) development of software.

  13. tkaiser :
    Worth a read: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/linux-sunxi/Ze_UhiO00t8

    The starting message there has a nice typo, repeated twice: “friction of the cost”. And as the thread shows, there’s indeed some friction. That Freudian slip shows that those guys are well aware of that situation: they could make price twice that, and it would be still attractive, but they could hire someone to work on software side of things. But nope, they’re not going to to spend a dollar on it, and otherwise chose a SoC for once-off mediaplayers (I have 3 of these, use none, why – should be obvious: crappy software which doesn’t offer any real benefits comparing to sticking flash drive into my TV, but offers disadvantage of requiring another remote).

  14. @anon

    There is a contact form in their webpage, when i emailed them I told them that too (besides de 2GB RAM option), if they want this project to succeed they have to provide a good and (frecuently) uptated Linux OS, proper drivers, updates, fixes, documentation and support.

    Being this a US startup I bet they are aware of this, also the team they have assembled looks amazing, really experienced people. If a bunch of people like us writting in this thread here are aware of the common flaws of projects like this, I hope they are too, or at least have an open mind and listen to suggestions.

  15. Alex :
    if they want this project to succeed they have to provide a good and (frecuently) uptated Linux OS, proper drivers, updates, fixes, documentation and support.

    Why should this happen? Did you read their request for help in the linux-sunxi community? The R18 (A64/H64 with less features?) is brand new, AFAIK at the moment only a kernel 3.10.something from Allwinner exists (zero mainlining efforts done) with unknown status regarding Mali400MP2 (necessary for 2D/3D acceleration) but known status regarding CedarX (HW accelerated video encoding/decoding): Android only. 4 slow Cortex-A53 cores combined with 2 slow Mali400 GPU cores. Not that exciting. Maybe the most interesting use case for this board is to run Jide’s Remix OS and save a few bucks on the ‘Remix Mini’

  16. Dont be too harsh on them. They spend like $20K on KS video alone! not to mention apple figurehead (oh boy, that will get idiots clicking that ks pledge button), after all those expenses you cant expect them to afford more than TWO dev boards for sunxi developers.

  17. Great PC. But needs more RAM. One of the major benefits of a 64-bit architecture is its ability to address 4GB or more of RAM. I’m afraid that 1GB or even 2GB of RAM would bootleneck this device’s performance

  18. My concern is only, is it a gadget that’s only for computer geeks or can someone that has completely no notion of computer and software work with this.
    It seems to be a great gadget and I would be tempted to buy it but I have absolutely not one bit of knowledge of computers…. ok I can work with a laptop or desktop but then all the software is pre installed… its’ just plug in and start…but with the Pine64 I’m not so sure about it…..


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