Quantum Mini may be yet another Allwinner H3 Arm Linux development board, but what makes it special is the company used the standard M.2 Key-A 22mm form factor to create Quark-N Allwinner H3 system-on-module with storage and memory.
The kit is completed by Atom-N baseboard that takes the M.2 module and offers two USB 2.0 ports, one USB Type-C port, as well as 2.4 GHz WiFi 4 and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and a MicroSD port for additional storage.
- Quark-N SoM
- SoC – Allwinner H3 quad-core Cortex-A7 @ 1GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU
- System Memory – 512MB LPDDR3
- Storage – 16GB eMMC flash
- Interfaces exposed via M.2 connector – Ethernet, SPI, I2C, UART, GPIO, MIC, LINEOUT
- Dimensions – 31 x 22mm (6-layer PCB)
- Temperature Range – 0-80°C
- Atom-N baseboard
- M.2 socket for Quark-N system-on-module
- Storage – MicroSD card slot
- Display – TFT display
- Connectivity – 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n WiFi 4 and Bluetooth 4.0 via RTL8723BU module
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 Type-A ports, 1x USB Type-C port
- Audio – Microphone
- Sensor – MPU6050 motion sensor (gyroscope + accelerometer)
- Expansion – 8 pads with I2C, SPI, UART, ADC, GPIO, speaker, 5V, 3.3V, and GND
- Misc – 4x Buttons (GPIO-KEY, Uboot, Recovery, Reset)
- Dimensions – 40 x 35mm
The company expects Quantum Mini to be used as a microcomputer, a personal website server, for image processing, robotics applications, voice assistant, or smart home hub. I’m not sure how people would use it as a computer since there’s no display interface, except for the small TFT display part of the kit.
While I like the concept, and Quark-N may be the smallest Allwinner H3 linux board/module so far, it’s more expensive than similar boards such as NanoPi NEO Air or Orange Pi Lite, as the Quantum Mini development kit is up for pre-order on Seeed Studio for $49.99 with shipping scheduled to start on December 20.
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.