Olimex H3-OLinuXino-NANO is a Smaller Allwinner H3 Board with HDMI, Ethernet, and Many I/Os

Allwinner H3 processor is quite popular in development boards thanks to some of Shenzhen Xunlong’s Orange Pi boards such as Orange Pi PC or Orange Pi One. However, some specific features may not work 0ut of the box, or are undocumented, so it’s always a plus when more companies create boards for a platform, and that’s exactly what Olimex has done with H3-OlinuXino-NANO, a board that’s smaller than any Orange Pi boards, the first open source hardware Allwinner H3 board on the market, and featuring many more I/O pins available.

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Olimex H3-OlinuXino-NANO specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner H3 quad core Cortex-A7 processor @ 1.2 GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 512MB of DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – micro SD card slot
  • Video Output- HDMI up to 1080p60
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet
  • USB – 2x USB host ports + 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Expansion – Optional 2x 40-pin headers with GPIOs, I2C, SPI, etc…
  • Debugging – UART console
  • Misc – 4x user buttons, 4x mounting holes
  • Power Supply – 5V via micro USB OTG port
  • Dimensions – 50×50 mm (6-layer PCB)
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The board above actually comes after the larger H3-OLinuXino board with 1GB memory, but as the first prototypes would overheat,  it looks like the NANO version may be released first. Eagle schematics and PCB layout are will soon be available on github. The board will support Linux distributions and Android, and can be used as a general purpose Linux computer, a digital signage, a low cost IoT gateway, an Android TV box, for education and so on.

Testing is still in progress, and price and release date are unknown at this stage, but the company said H3-OLinuXino-NANO will be cheaper than A10-OlinuXino-LIME board selling for 30 Euros.

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7 Replies to “Olimex H3-OLinuXino-NANO is a Smaller Allwinner H3 Board with HDMI, Ethernet, and Many I/Os”

  1. @Rajaseelan
    If Olimex is smart then they don’t rely on Allwinner’s BSP but pick up community’s work (in the meantime HW acceleration for both Mali GPU and video/CedarX work somehow and the thermal problems H3 was blamed for are also gone with sane dvfs settings). Just have a look at https://olimex.wordpress.com/

  2. I think I said before that I’ve given up on Allwinner because of their dreadful documentation. I’ve got my fingers crossed for Amlogic, and the HardKernel Odroid-C2 which will be about the same price.

  3. @miska: the available documentation is spotty and it’s taken the sunxi community years of cajoling to get even that. Much of what’s known has been deciphered from the intermittent code drops, and still you have to use an ancient version 3.4 kernel if you want video support. It’s just too slow and frustrating for my taste.
    Now, I don’t know if AmLogic are any better – if they’re as bad as Allwinner, then I won’t be buying their products either.

  4. AMLogic provide far better video acceleration support in their Linux drivers, though their kernel is 3.14 LTS, so still not as recent as some other small boxes (RPi2).

    There is a lot of video support for AMLogic amongst the Kodi Dev team, with active development for the platform, including official OpenElec builds for some AMLogic SoCs. (There is an OpenElec branded Wetek box based on an AMLogic platform)

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