New exciting processors from Allwinner: A10s Cortex-A8 with HDMI and A4x Cortex-A7 4 cores


A10s is very new processor from Allwinner. It’s basically A13 + HDMI and Ethernet (later is not 100% confirmed to work as the Allwinner aim is to capture the IPTV market with it so they said never tested if Ethernet will work but confirmed the Ethernet is there πŸ™‚

We got samples and A10s-SDK which unfortunately again is with binaries and not GPL sources, but according to Henrik Nordstrom (a.k.a. hno at #olimex IRC channel) Linux-sunxi sunxi5 should work with A10s.

We work now on the schematic of A10s-OLinuXino with these specs:

  • A10S Cortex-A8 1GHz
  • 512MB RAM DDR3
  • micro SD-card connector
  • SD-MMC card connector for SDMMC WIFI card / second MMC card for storage
  • Ethernet 100MBit
  • HDMI output
  • USB host, USB-OTG
  • UEXT
  • LCD connector (same as A13 so will work with A13-LCD7 and A13-LCD4.3 LCD displays)
  • GPIO connectors
  • JTAG
  • Audio Line-IN, Audio-Out

As price A10s is positioned between A10 and A13 i.e. lower cost than A10 but higher than A13. As we are at very early stage of the design we can’t say when exactly we will have A10s boards.

Also these are not very suitable for production at home πŸ™‚ as A10s comes in 0.65 mm pitch BGA package which requires 0.2 mm drilled vias for escape and not all factories can reliable manufacture such PCBs, so we have to carefully evaluate where the blank PCBs to be manufactured as these specs exceed our blank PCB production technology limits.

Another exciting preliminary information we got from Allwinner today is that in December they will announce their new Quad core A4X Cortex-A7 processor.
They didn’t gave any other details than the specs and samples will be available mid December, but I guess this is their answer to the Rockteck recent dual core RK3066!

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. murerten
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 14:50:34

    May I ask more about the A10s-sdk ? Is it android ? If it is which version ? Thanks.


  2. KevinM
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 19:44:05

    Are you going to drop the previous A10 board now?


    • OLIMEX Ltd
      Nov 26, 2012 @ 19:55:52

      no, just there will be A10 and A10S boards πŸ™‚


      • xdrudis
        Nov 26, 2012 @ 20:05:34

        And when do you now think the A10 boards will be available ? Last I heard was back in september ?

      • OLIMEX Ltd
        Nov 26, 2012 @ 20:09:30

        correct! we started the A10 development in September and there is blog message about it

        now we have 10 blank A10-OLinuXino boards which will be ready to send to selected developers at the end of this week

        if everything works as expected we will run small batch of developer edition which to sell on our web in December, after the feed back from the developer edition we will run production in January

  3. Bobby
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 20:13:10

    Quad core Cortex A7 is a very interesting product as it has identical architecture and features to Cortex A15. Performance of A7 is much lower but power efficiency is expected to be higher than A15. However, I’m quite sceptical that Allwinner will release proper documentation (again). Do you have plans to design A4X-OLinuXino? πŸ˜‰
    Can you update us regarding your early plans to build a board with the Quad Core Cortex A9 Freescale i.MX6 SoC? Freescale uploaded more than 6000 pages (yes, 6000!) of documentation that is freely available on their website. And the cost of the chip i.MX6Q is around 30 USD in small quantities (100 pieces).


  4. sagt3k
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 13:58:34

    What will be the approximate price? It will be possible to have a Linux – Debian easy to install?


    • OLIMEX Ltd
      Nov 28, 2012 @ 17:46:08

      I hope it will cost less than iMX6Q $41 price πŸ™‚
      this processor is still not announced and you ask for Debian support, even for the current A10-A13 the Linux support is in the hands of community and do not comes officially from Allwinner, all they care is Android support as they target the tablet manufacturers


      • Bobby
        Nov 28, 2012 @ 20:24:01

        Probably sagt3k asked for the approximate price of A10S-OlinuXino, not the A10S SoC itself.
        What happened with the early plans to release iMX6Q-OLinuXino? Freescale published more than 6000 pages documentation on there site available to anyone and their price list is there too. MCIMX6Q5EYM10AC is $29.76 in 100 pieces quntities. There are other models too but I don’t know what is the difference. iMX series seem to have the best documentation and support.

      • OLIMEX Ltd
        Nov 28, 2012 @ 20:34:30

        too early for A10S price when we have no design completed

        iMX6 for the moment is low priority on our TODO list

  5. Jovien
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 01:44:06


    Heard of OlinuXino products while searching for Raspberry Pi alternatives πŸ™‚ my project is to use a board like the A13/A10/Pi as a media player for high quality audio files (flac/wave & the not so good but universal mp3) up to 24bits/96kHz (maybe 192kHz).
    I’ve searched a lot about connecting DAC to Raspberry Pi (via USB/USB to SPDIF/I2S) and it seems pretty hard (hardware doesn’t seem to be created for that) or when it happens, the audio quality isn’t that great (cuts in the sound/noise …)

    In short, does the A13 and the soon to be A10 (the one I like more) can drive such DAC ? (via USB/USB to SPDIF or I2S) ? Does it seem to be particularly difficult (hardware & software) ?

    I’ve seen that there is 4 GPIO (u mad !) hope there will be possibility to have I2S.

    Last question for the end, which book or website do you recommand for advanced learning in order to play with the A13/A10 ?

    Thanks for all


  6. ultimateohm
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 21:44:56

    Now its name is Allwinner A31. Quad-Core Cortex-A7 ARM Processor SoC.


  7. John
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 21:41:31

    Yes and there is also now a dual core A20 Cortex-A7 processor which seems to be pin compatible with the A10…


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