published December 17th, 2011 | categories: Hardware | all categories
The allwinner A10, produced by Rhombus Tech, aims to “serve Free Software Developers, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and Engineers with access to affordable, modern and importantly GPL-compliant hardware.” The allwinner A10 has been developed and currently being sold in China at a cost of $7 (UPDATE: now $15 (May 2012)).
- 1.5ghz Cortex A8 ARM Core
- MALI400MP OpenGL ES 2.0 GPU
- 2160p Hardware-accelerated Video playback (4x the resolution of 1080p)
- up to 1gb of DDR3 (800mhz) RAM
- a NAND Flash Controller that is capable of 8-way concurrent DMA (8 NAND ICs) as well as supporting up to 500mhz DDR2 RAM
- 4 SDIO interfaces (SD 3.0, UHI class)
- USB 2.0 Host as well as a 2nd USB-OTG Interface (USB-OTG can be reconfigured as USB 2.0 Host, automatically)
- 24-pin RGB/TTL as well as simultaneous HDMI out
- SATA-II 3gb/sec
- 10/100 Ethernet (MII compatible)
- a 2nd 24-pin RGB/TTL interface that is multiplexed (shared) on the same pins for a standard IDE (PATA) interface.
- GPIO, I2C, PWM, Keyboard Matrix (8×8), built-in Resistive Touchscreen Controller, and much more.
While the allwinner A10 is certainly cheaper than the Raspberry Pi, I am uncertain whether the technology is as advanced. Maybe, I’ll pass this on to the Olympia Makers, Engineers, Geeks & Artists (OMEGA) Group and see if they have any input. When in doubt, refer to the experts!
You can read the latest news for the allwinner A10 at http://rhombus-tech.net/allwinner_a10/news/.
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