We get this question often from our customers.
We usually produce our boards as long as there is demand for them and we can buy the components which are used.
Our customers worry that if they put some of our OLinuXino boards with Allwinner SoC in their product there will be problems to source them later in 1-2 years ahead.
Frankly I do not know the right answer for this question.
We have not so much experience with Allwinner, we work with them since March 2012 this is about 16 months.
What Allwinner says is that they do not discontinue their obsolete processors and you can always buy them, they say they sell now even their old F20 series processors if one wants to buy, but we can’t try as we do not use them.
We all know that Allwinner is working in very dynamic market – tablets, phones, media devices where on every 6 month you either release newer, faster, cheaper SoC or you are dead and nobody remembers you.
This makes impression that once obsolete Allwinner will not produce these processors as they are focused on the newest SoCs which take the major sales.
Well when we started in March 2012 the high runner for Allwinner were A10, A13 and A10s, now the major sales they make are with A20 and A31, but we do not experience any problems to order any quantities of A13, A10, A10s although these are already behind their peak sales.
What will be the situation 2-3 years from now?
I dont know, but if Allwinner still sell their 5-6 years old F20 processors why they will not sell their newer A10-A10s-A13?