Theobroma Systems Introduces Micro Qseven Allwinner A64 System-on-Module

Theobroma Systems, an Austrian based engineering services and embedded systems solutions company, has been designing Allwinner based systems-on-module compliant with Micro Qseven standard for a while, starting with Allwinner A31 A31-μQ7 module in 2015. The company has now launched A64-μQ7 system-on-module powered by Allwinner A64 quad core Cortex A53 processor.

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A64-μQ7 module specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner A64 quad core ARM Cortex A53 processor with Mali-400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – Up to 2GB DDR3 on module
  • Storage – Up to 64GB eMMC flash, Up to 16MB SPI NOR flash
  • Display I/F (via edge connector) – HDMI 1.4 up to 4K @ 30 Hz, MIPI DSI up to 1920×1200 @ 60 Hz
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000 Mbps PHY
  • USB – 7x USB 2.0 ports including one dual-role port
  • Other I/Os – On-module communication offload controller for CAN, UART, 8x GPIO, I2S, I2C, SMBus, SPI, FAN
  • Security – Optional Global Platform 2.2.1 compliant JavaCard 2.2 environment, and EAL4-certified smartcard controller
  • Power – 5V; AXP803 PMIC
  • Dimensions – 70mm x 40mm (μQseven form factor)
  • Temperature Range – Commercial: 0ºC to 85ºC; Extended range available on request

The company provides support for Linux 4.x, Debian 8, and Android 6 for the module. There’s no word about a baseboard / carrier board for the SoM, but since it should be mechanically and electrically compatible with previous micro Qseven module (that’s what standards are for), and we do know a Mini-ITX baseboard is available for previous Theobroma modules.

The price has not been disclosed publicly. A few more details may be found on the company’s A64-uQ7 product page.

Thanks to tkaiser for the tip.

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Linux 4.x? I don’t think so

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Mainline kernel support for A64 progresses pretty nicely thanks to linux-sunxi community. Armbian even provides developer OS images for Pine64: http://www.armbian.com/pine64/ (should also run on A64-OLinuXino, BPi M64, Nano Pi A64 or this SoM here with some DT modifications).

http://linux-sunxi.org/Linux_mainlining_effort#Status_Matrix

2 weeks ago a new Allwinner BSP has been spotted with proper licenses for display and audio stuff so I would expect progress in this area here as well with mainline kernel (since due to lack of documentation you need properly licensed Allwinner BSP sources to get an idea how the hardware works)

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Situation with FreeBSD is currenty even better compared with mainline Linux regarding A64: https://wiki.freebsd.org/FreeBSD/arm/Allwinner#Supported_devices

In Linux kernel 4.x still access to PMIC is WiP and same applies to USB.

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Yes, but no video, no drivers, only 4bits for RGMII ( the slowest gigabit lan you will ever seen )…
Theobroma is a joke company, they make new board every week, but no software even for the first one they have done, the A31 ( which is officially a bugged chip )

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RGMII is 4 bits wide @ 125 MHz DDR, which equals 1 Gbps.

You should read up on Ethernet PHY/MAC standards.