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LicheePi One Allwinner A13 ARM Linux Board is Equipped with LCD Display and Camera Interfaces

December 26th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

Allwinner A13 – repackaged as Allwinner R8 – single core Cortex A8 processor is used in $9 C.H.I.P board with 512MB, 4GB storage, WiFi and Bluetooth, and I/Os. Now a Chinese company has created a new Allwinner A13 board called Lichee Pi that appears especially suited to drive LCD displays thanks to its 40-pin LCD RGB connector, but it also comes with WiFi & Bluetooth, a micro SD slot, and some I/Os.

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Lichee Pi One board (preliminary/tentative) specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner A13 ARM Cortex A8 processor @ 1.0 GHz with Mali-400 GPU
  • System Memory – 512MB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 2x micro SD slot
  • Display Interface – 40-pin RGB LCD connector, with 8080 interface, VGA and LVDS supported via add-on board
  • Camera – 24-pin CSI interface
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack
  • Connectivity – Optional 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth via RTL8723BU module (Multiplexed with USB 2.0 host port)
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB OTG port, 1x micro USB port for power only
  • Expansion – Two 20-pin headers with 9x GPIO, 3x I2C, 3x UART, 3x SPI, etc…
  • Misc – RGB LED
  • Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port or 2-pin header, LiPo battery via miniJST connector
  • Dimensions – Est. 75 x 55 mm

The board can run Android or Linux distributions like Debian or Ubuntu, and you’ll find some information such as schematics and some documentation on Github.
You’ll find soon info in English on Linux-Sunxi website, as well as elecfans.com with more info, but in Chinese only. The price of the board was  as low as 39 CNY ($5.6) in Elecfans crowdfunding (most components not soldered), and a complete kit with a 4.3″ display (800×480) a 3MP camera went for 168 CNY (~$24). Shipping costs were not included. It’s not available for sale right now. The company has also registered ilichee.cc, but the site is not accessible for now as it’s waiting for an ICP license.

  1. henry_wu001
    December 26th, 2016 at 13:00 | #1

    it’s just a spond prise ,you can’t buy it really.

  2. tkaiser
    December 26th, 2016 at 15:17 | #2

    IIRC LicheePi is not supposed to be available outside of Mainland China?

    BTW: Regarding both Micro USB ports information in linux-sunxi wiki page should be used (since based on real findings since Icenowy has this device already).

  3. abc
    December 26th, 2016 at 17:20 | #3

    That PCB looks like crap (or it is just a bad photo).

  4. JotaMG
    December 26th, 2016 at 17:40 | #4

    Interesting, but LVDS should be on-board.
    It is 2 x micro SD slot.

  5. Daniel
    December 26th, 2016 at 18:48 | #5

    Has anyone got a taobao link or something? My girlfriend is going to China next week, and I wanna order one; finally a flat sbc.

    If anyone has recommendations apart from OrangePis and NanoPis, I would be happy!

  6. December 26th, 2016 at 19:26 | #6

    Is “spond prise” a mistranslation or “crowdfunding campaign” ?

    The elecfans page linked inthe post has a price list for the board with some options to select which connectors you want soldered. Maybe it’s a crowdfunding campaign. If you have know who can read Chinese they may help you.

    • Daniel
      December 26th, 2016 at 19:39 | #7

      My girlfriend is chinese, so she had a look. According to her it’s a successful crowdfunding campaign, but no option to preorder yet.

      I guess I’ll have to wait a little.

  7. GanjaBear
    December 26th, 2016 at 20:11 | #8

    Interesting, keep us posted.

  8. tkaiser
    December 26th, 2016 at 20:12 | #9

    If it’s only about flat and nothing else matters then you can order NanoPi NEO without Ethernet and USB jack soldered since a long time. Just check pictures: http://linux-sunxi.org/FriendlyARM_NanoPi_NEO#NanoPi_NEO

    Not that flat but then also worth a look: Various ‘System on module’ from Olimex.

    • Daniel
      December 27th, 2016 at 07:08 | #10

      Thanks! I knew of the Nano Air, but didn’t know about olimex!

  9. Paul Taraneh
    December 28th, 2016 at 00:28 | #11

    ( if this is misposted forgive me)

    Can anyone direct me to a beginner’s guide for how to assemble or add components to pcba boards. I’m used to buying out of the box, software guy here, but really eager to learn. Thx

  10. December 28th, 2016 at 11:55 | #12

    @Paul Taraneh
    Do you mean soldering components to a board? Or more than that.
    If you want to learn more about electronics, you may want to subscribe to EEVBLOG youtube channel -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HicV3Z6XLFA

    • Paul Taraneh
      December 28th, 2016 at 23:54 | #13

      @cnx yes, id like to learn how to use gpio pins attach modules etc even to know what the components are. Saw that the A13 board needs an hdmi or vga connection to be added so figured id finally ask lol if there’s a manual but Thanx for the link its much appreciated

  11. theguyuk
  12. December 29th, 2016 at 15:06 | #15

    the picture is not good。

  13. December 29th, 2016 at 15:13 | #16

    i was the owner of elecfans crowdfunding,maybe cloud help you got one

    • Daniel
      January 1st, 2017 at 16:54 | #17

      That’d be great, but I’m no Linux dev, I just use sbcs for various projects. My mail is [email protected].

  14. LEO
    December 29th, 2016 at 19:04 | #18

    of course you can buy it I have already got one from the sponsor

  15. LEO
    December 29th, 2016 at 19:10 | #19

    yeah you know that, it is a bad photo ,the picture shows not the PCB after SMT but manual board ,just for testing and debug

  16. theguyuk
  17. theguyuk
    January 1st, 2017 at 18:28 | #21

    other old news

    Quote ”

    On Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 04:02:33AM +0800, Icenowy Zheng wrote:
    > Lichee Pi is a new “Pi”-named development board series.
    > Currently available device, Lichee Pi One, is by only one person as
    > night job, so the device series name is chosen to be the vendor prefix.
    > Signed-off-by: Icenowy Zheng

    Applied, thanks!

    Maxime Ripard, Free Electrons
    Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering

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