Sneak preview of A13-SOM


A13-SOM is the next System On Module which we work on. It will be offered in two versions with 256MB and with 512MB of RAM.

A13-SOM have:

  • A13 Cortex-A8 SoC @ 1Ghz, NEON, GPU, VPU, MALI400
  • DDR3 RAM (256 or 512MB)
  • micro SD-card connector
  • power supply circuit
  • console UART connector
  • RESET and BOOT buttons
  • status LED
  • LCD connector
  • GPIO connectors
  • size 60x30mm

With size of just 60×30 mm A13-SOM will allow rapid design of compact and handheld Linux devices.

All GPIOs and LCD ports are available on connectors with 0.05″ the same used in A20-SOM and AM3352-SOM.

Three stackable snap-on PCBs will be available also:

  • Flash module with 4GB NAND Flash and/or 16MB Serial SPI flash where A13 could boot from
  • WIFI module with RTL8188CUS and LiPo charger/Lipo battery
  • Wired Ethernet 100 MB + 3 USB hosts module

any of these could snap-on together on top of A13-SOM

The prices of A13-SOM are not yet finalized, but our target is to start from EUR 15 for 1000 pcs. The production of A13-SOM and the stackable modules is planned for November.

26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jonsmirl
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 18:27:04

    Is camera on the connectors? You can get decent 1.5MP cameras for $5 on aliexpress. Add a FPC connect to one of the add on boards and resell the camera. There are few Allwinner board that can easily attach a camera.

    Can HDMI and LCD be on different connectors so that you can mount the board three ways – LCD, HDMI, no display? And then leave the unused connectors off from the base board.

    Why no AXP power chip on module? AXP chips are cheap and give you the LIPO charger.


    • OLIMEX Ltd
      Sep 06, 2013 @ 18:32:27

      @jonsmirl all GPIOs are exposed so camera is possible to be connected, security apps with OpenCV face/automobile plates recognition and IP camera with WIFI is one nice potential application when Linux-Sunxi hackers reverse engineering the H264 hardware encoding
      if you look at PCB there is no space for AXP209 🙂 we wanted to make it as small as possible, Lipo charging is not big deal and will be done separately on the snap-on board


  2. jonsmirl
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 18:40:24

    Add something like this to one of the modules…

    AFAIK there are no camera boards for Allwinner, only iMX6 and those are $100.


  3. jonsmirl
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 18:42:15

    You can’t easily hook the camera up to the GPIO because of level shifting and funny power supply voltages.


    • OLIMEX Ltd
      Sep 06, 2013 @ 19:00:39

      we already connected camera to A13 when test the 2Mpix camera which we use in A20-SOM-EVB

      Allwinner SoCs are designed for tablets and all tablets have cameras, so A13-A10-A10S-A20 have dedicated CSI ports with all levels and etc for interfacing cameras


  4. jonsmirl
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 18:59:14


    • OLIMEX Ltd
      Sep 06, 2013 @ 19:02:14

      we already have 2Mpix camera which is *compatible* and *supported* by Linux kernel, you cant get any camera for some phone and hook it to A1X it must have drivers


  5. Kristijan
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 19:30:11

    “Wired Ethernet” via USB?


  6. Henrik Nordström
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 22:39:42

    ethernet could be interfaced via SPI or SDIO I guess. but sure USB is the more natural choice, especially on a module which also have an USB hub.


  7. jonsmirl
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 23:03:50

    Would it make sense to switch from A13 to A10S on module to pick up Ethernet?


  8. Click
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 04:33:17

    Do you know anything about A23 (see Will this be just a higher clocked A20 or a QFP packaged chip like A13?


    • OLIMEX Ltd
      Sep 07, 2013 @ 09:59:45

      with internet news spreads fast 🙂 I will blog about A23 when Allwinner send me some more info, for the moment I only know that it’s the first Double core SoC in TQFP package and perfect for OLinuXino DIY concept 🙂


      • Drt
        Sep 21, 2013 @ 20:13:42

        Apparently, the article got updated and it seems Allwinner has worked towards making the chip less power hungry. Information still pretty scarce, though.

  9. Musa
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 13:15:52

    I hope that it will be ready early.


  10. iso9660
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 11:26:15

    Great piece of hardware!!! Is it going to be any evaluation board?


  11. Dodd
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 16:28:09

    Probably you mean A13-OLinuXino-MINI or NANO, because MICRO is already there.

    By the way, are you really routing all those 4/6 layer boards, fanouting BGA’s etc with Eagle?? Well I would be very surprised to hear that. With Eagle it’s like, if you make a mistake at lets say 90% of routing or need to add some extra VIA, you need to reroute the board completely. Its like Paint! But anyway I admire your work, and I’am very impressed by your skills and dedication.


    • OLIMEX Ltd
      Sep 12, 2013 @ 17:01:34

      this is what I mean, in A13-MICRO memory and power supply is routed same way as A13-SOM so all software running on A13-MICRO will run on A13-SOM too


  12. Martin Schleisner Ibsen
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 11:24:01

    Once again a very nice SOM that you are devoloping. Any news on the process?


  13. Kisly Vlad
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 16:22:34

    Good day, where you can purchase this SOM?


  14. dbdavidtwn
    May 20, 2014 @ 12:20:07

    where/when could I purchase A13-SOM?


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