X-Powers is a subsidiary of Allwinner, better known for its PMIC chips for Allwinner Cortex-A processors., but we also discovered X-Powers AC108 quad-channel ADC chip for microphone arrays in 2017.
Soon after, Seeed Studio launched ReSpeaker 4-Mic Array for Raspberry Pi, but I had completely forgotten about the audio chip since then. That’s until this morning when I came across RPI_AC108 audio board also coming with four microphones and several LEDs.
- X-Powers AC108 quad-channel ADC with I2S/TDM output transition
- 4x MEMS microphones
- 2x Grove interfaces (1x I2C, 1x GPIO port using pins 12 & 13)
- 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible header working with Raspberry Pi Zero / Zero W / 2B / 3B / 3B + / 4 and other compatible development boards
- Misc – 12x LEDs (APA102) connected over SPI, GPIO5 enables power
- Dimensions – 65mm x 65mm x 9mm
The board gets its power (3.3V and 5V) from the 40-pin header, and communicate with Broadcom BCM2xxx processor using I2C (control) and I2S (audio). The board allows you to create DIY smart speakers based on Raspberry Pi and using voice services such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Tmall Genie, etc…
The website of the company that made the board is lctech.cc, but somehow I find the board and specifications to be familiar… Oh! That’s a clone of Seeed Studio ReSpeaker 4-Mic Array for Raspberry Pi we just mentioned in the introduction, and pictured below.
That means instructions for ReSpeaker 4-Mic board should also work on RPI_AC108 board. I also got confirmation from Seeed Studio that this is an unauthorized copy of their board.
RPI_AC108 is sold for $12.99 on Banggood against $25 for the original ReSpeaker 4-Mic board. When you don’t need to work on software and documentation, costs do come down…
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.