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Another pint-sized all-in-one ARM dev board, called the Cubieboard, has been announced. It packs a 1Ghz ARM cortex-A8 processor, OpenGL ES, 1GB ram, HDMI out, ethernet, 2 USB Host, 1 USB OTG, SATA, IR, and headers for i2c, LVDS, and more. It’s not the fastest thing out there, but it does offer a nice array of options for just a few dollars more than the competition. [via Liliputing]

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  1. tjhowse says:

    Note: You can’t actually buy it. It’s being manufaturered now. They say wait until the end of the month.

  2. Steve Meuse says:

    Is the second 1/8″ jack an audio-in?

  3. MillerK says:

    The datasheet for the AllWinner A10 processor their using shows that there are two different processors models available. Commercial temperature (-25 to +85C) and a Extended temperature model (-40 to +85C). Unfortunately the components they chose for the board have more limited temperatures then even the commercial model of the A10. Giving the board a limited range of about -10 to +70C. (They said this on their site in the comments section but have since removed it.)
    http://linux-sunxi.org/images/3/33/A10_Datasheet.pdf (Table 6.2 page 48)

    So their board is about half the price of even the lowest cost version of the Beagleboard ($89 Beaglebone) but it has the same temperature limitations. The TI processor’s on the Beagle series boards are wide temp but not all the components. I’ve seen comments in the Google groups for the Beagleboard asking about wide-temp versions. People there have talked about making their own board or replacing the components with wide-temp versions.

    The A13-OLinuXino made by Olimex uses components which are the same or greater temp as the A13 processor on their board (-25 to +85C). This make the Olimex board much more usable for real world applications such as alternative energy monitoring (solar hot water heating ect.)
    http://olimex.wordpress.com/tag/a13/

    There are wide-temp alternatives:
    IGEP COM SPIN (pre-order)
    TI AM3703 with 64 MB RAM / 128 MB Flash

    -40 to 85C, 49 Euros (about $64)
    http://www.isee.biz/ (Bottom of page)

    IGEP COM ELECTRON
    TI AM3703, 800MHz to 1Ghz
    -40 to 85C (about $103)
    http://shop.isee.biz/igeptm-com-electron.html

    Expansion board (works for both com modules)
    http://shop.isee.biz/igeptm-new-york.html
    $38 dollars

  4. Gele says:

    Beagle board utilizes Dual Core CPU and it`s way fater. Olimex are reading their A10-OLinuXino, but I doubt it will be the Cubieboard killer because they can`t beat the price of Cubie.
    But they`re better because all their designs are open source hardware+software. Everything is given to the user. They are custom PCB maker also.

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