PineCube open-source Linux IP camera devkit launched for $30

Pine64 has been a busy company/community with the launch of Linux powered Arm development boards, PinePhone smartphone, PineTab tablet, and Pinebook Pro laptop in the last two years.

They also had other smaller projects that got fewer resources due to the launch of the aforementioned products and COVID-19 induced delays, and one of those is PineCube open-source IP camera development kit that finally launched for $29.99 plus shipping.

PineCube hardware specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner/Sochip S3 Arm Cortex-A7 processor @ 800MHz with 128MB in-package DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 128Mbit SPI Nor Flash and MicroSD slot, both bootable
  • Camera – 5MP OV5640 sensor
  • Audio – Built-in microphone, speaker
  • Display – Optional 4.5-inch RGB LCD screen (
  • Networking – 10/100M Ethernet with passive PoE and WiFi
  • USB – USB 2.0 Type-A host port
  • Expansion – 26-pin GPIO header
  • Misc – Volume and home buttons
  • Power Supply
    • 5V/1A via micro USB port or GPIO pin
    • 8V-24V passive PoE
    • Optional 950-1,600 mAh 3.7V 903048 lithium polymer ion battery that can be purchased on Amazon or Alixpress.
  • Dimensions – 55 x 51 x 51.5mm
  • Weight – 55g

Pine64 currently provides a Linux SDK for the IP camera kit, PDF schematics, and other documentation that can be found in the work-in-progress wiki. That’s probably an SDK based on Allwinner tree, and u-boot & Linux mainline may eventually support the IP camera but that may take a while and will depend on community interest in this type of hardware.

The PineCube is a development kit, meaning it’s not a end product, and instead, it’s aimed solely at developers with “extensive embedded Linux OS experience and an interest in open source IP camera or embedded computer development”.

Pine64 also announced some progress on existing products, as well as the upcoming Pinecil RISC-V soldering iron and a PineCom PDA-style IoT device with a 5-inch display and LoRaWAN, WiFi and other wireless communication protocol.  You’ll find more details in the October update.

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