Friday, January 13

Now a $15 Linux Computer?


Looks like everyone is trying to build a smaller and cheaper Linux computer. FXI is bringing Cotton Candy for about $200, production for $25 Linux computer Raspberry Pi has already started and now Rhombus Tech is aiming to deliver a low cost $15 (estimate) Linux PC Allwinner A10.

Allwinner A10 will have fully GPL compliant hardware and is more powerful then Raspberry Pi. At least on paper now as the production has not started yet and there are no prototype builds. However, the development is going on rapidly and sooner or later they will deliver it.

Features of the Allwinner A10 include:
  • 1.5ghz Cortex A8 ARM Core
  • MALI400MP OpenGL ES 2.0 GPU
  • 2160p Hardware-accelerated Video playback
  • 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 (8x8), built-in Resistive Touchscreen Controller
This many features in $15? How's that? Just two simple concepts everyone knows - Mass Scale Production and Manufacturing in China.

Allwinner A10 is developed for both educational and commercial retail purposes .You can get the GPL source code from here. For more info read their FAQ.

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