OLinuXino is a true open hardware, in the sense that the hardware details of the board is freely available. The developers can refer the design, modify it and redesign. Thus the time to market can be reduced considerably.
FEATURES of Olinuxino A13
- A13 Cortex A8 processor at 1GHz, 3D Mali400 GPU
- 512 MB RAM (2 x 256Mbit x 8)
- 6-16VDC input power supply, noise immune design
- 3 + 1 USB hosts, 3 available for users, 1 leads to onboard pinout
- 1 USB OTG which can power the board
- SD-card connector for booting optional Linux images
- VGA video output
- Battery option and connector
- LCD signals available on connector so you still can use LCD if you disable VGA/HDMI
- Audio output
- Microphone input
- 4 Mount holes
- RTC PCF8536 on board for real time clock and alarms
- 5 Keys on board for android navigation
- UEXT connectorfor connecting addtional UEXT modules like Zigbee, Bluetooth, Relays, etc
- GPIO connector with 68/74 pins and these signals:
- 17 for adding NAND flash;
- 22 for connecting LCDs;
- 20+4 including 8 GPIOs which can be input, output, interrupt sources;
- 3x I2C;
- 2x UARTs;
- SDIO2 for connecting SDcards and modules;
- 5 system pins: +5V, +3.3V, GND, RESET, NMI
- Dimensions: 120 x 120 mm (4.7×4.7”)
- Optional low-cost 7″ LCD with touchscreen
Debian distribution is the officially supported Linux distribution. There is also an Android port for the board. The only missing feature which is required for embedded developers is that there is no ethernet port. But it can be done using a USB to LAN adapter. The supported USB to LAN adapter can be found from this link.
Alternatively, A13-OlinuXino-Wifi comes with the inbuilt RTL8188CU Wifi chipset.
Compared to Raspberry-pi this board has following advantages.
- VGA Port
- Powerful Allwinner CPU
- Official Android Support