A10-OLinuXino-LIME EUR 30 Open Source Hardware Linux SBC first prototypes


In September we blogged about upcoming LIME. Now the first prototypes of A10-OLinuXino-LIME are assembled.


This is little compact board with dimensions only  84 x 60 mm a bit bigger than credit card size, but full of features:

  • A10, Cortex-A8, 1Ghz, NEON, VPU, GPU
  • DDR3 512MB
  • microSD card
  • optional 4GB NAND Flash
  • SATA + power supply
  • HDMI 1080p
  • USB Hosts x2
  • Ethernet 100Mbit
  • Lipo battery managment and connector
  • 200 GPIOs on 0.05″ connectors
  • PWR jack +5V only

When we designed it this time we selected proper enclosure from the start:


And here is the final result:



Once everything is tested with the software we will continue with mass production and if everything goes smoothly we will have LIME in stock in December.

Price will be EUR 30 for the base model without NAND Flash and enclosure. The Plastic box will be available for +EUR 5.00

52 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Luca Pescatore
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 19:11:32

    Is it possible to connect a TFT display? Any suggestions which one?


    • OLIMEX Ltd
      Nov 14, 2013 @ 19:27:51

      any of our A13-LCDxx from 4.3″ to 15.6″ can be connected, there is dedicated LCD connector but due to the size this connector is with 0.05″ step and special cable should be made to may connect to 0.1″ A13-LCDxx connector


  2. Lurch
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 19:24:48

    Just in time for Christmas …. nice work!


  3. Manishi Barosee
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 19:29:03

    Are you planning any A20 versions?


  4. Manishi Barosee
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 19:49:25

    Awesome! Btw, do you think we can draw around 400mA from the GPIO connector’s power line? Does the design allow SUPPLYING power via the GPIO connectors? (via the power pins, of course. not the gpio themselves)


  5. Bobby
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 20:06:28

    Awesome board, fantastic price!
    Two questions:
    1) 30 € for a single board but at what quantity – 1, 10, 50, 1000?
    2) Don’t you think you are killing your A13 and A10S boards with that price? I suppose noone will buy them after you release A10 LIME.


  6. Robert Leacroft
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 22:47:59

    I see no 3.5mm audio jacks but hopefully the audio “Line In” and Line Out” functions of the A10 are available on some of the header pins so that we can access them.


  7. jean-marc Harang
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 00:51:05

    Superb ! And with two ethernet interfaces ?


  8. Jack
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 01:56:45

    Does the spacing between the USB ports suffice to connect two MOD-USB3G simultaneously?


  9. 2_kamikaze_2
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 02:19:25

    you need to upgrade it to a20 and later to a23…. a23 as hdmi but no sata or ethernet


  10. Bob
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 06:31:30

    What about WiFi support?


  11. SencillamenteIvan
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 13:13:57

    Can you share dimensions drawing?


  12. iso9660
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 16:46:32

    Awesome board it will sell like sweets!


  13. Sakal
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 17:16:20

    There’s a lot to like about this board. I’m missing a few status LEDs though, which could have been placed beneath the HDMI port next to the buttons, visible when the board is inside the enclosure.


  14. David Goadby
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 20:56:49

    I assume there are TTL serial interfaces?
    Is there a watchdog implemented?


  15. mikael
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 12:40:06

    This is exactly the product I need and the price is very competitive.
    Do you have an expected date for the final product to be released?


  16. Nikolay Dimitrov
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 15:26:46

    Nice little board. Have you tested the prototype boards in the plastic enclosure under full load? I had serious issues with the heating of A10 CPU on the Cubieboard, so I’m wondering how this issue is solved in this product.


  17. Yosh
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 19:44:03

    “because there still is no interrupt driven solution for the a20.” – Is there a interrupt driven solution for sensors on the lime, or does it lack this feature too?


  18. Mikael
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 20:22:19

    I am concerned aswell about the heat dissipation with the plastic enclosure. I see no holes or vents.


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  20. Rebel Yell
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 10:54:07

    Is HDMI-CEC supported?


  21. guest
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 07:03:13

    where power led? 🙂


  22. David
    Nov 23, 2013 @ 10:11:33

    Any chance you’ll make a batch with sockets instead of pins for the gpios? This would be a lot nicer for hobby prototyping (just stick a wire straight in the socket) and not a major difference when it comes time to make something more permanent. Either that, or a shield with .1″ headers, or even .1″ through plated holes would work.


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  24. sagt3ksagt3k
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 17:57:33

    When will it be available for purchase?


  25. Bunders
    Nov 26, 2013 @ 14:49:12

    I found a fibre optic transmitter (toslink) module for ~£2. Can this just be wired to the A10 s/pdif out pins? Would this be supported in linux?


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  29. avtolik
    Dec 06, 2013 @ 20:19:50

    Interesting. Can it boot from SATA?


  30. jumpjack
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 11:40:31

    I hope better documentation than previous Olimex “cards” will be available for this one.
    An amazing card with poor documentation is just a poor card.


  31. mhelin
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 23:20:00

    Are all of the I2S input and output signals available on ext headers on this board? On A20 boards (A20-OLinuXino) the I2S_D01/PB9/pin C12 seems to be connected only to USB_OTG’s USB0-DRV (cannot be interfaced externally) -it would be nice to have also that signal on the header…


  32. michal
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 10:14:21


    where I can buy this or the a20 version?

    I cannmot see them in the web shop


  33. Morgaine
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 14:56:33

    I was wondering about what seems like a rather long interval between successive batches of LIME. Is there some unexpected problem with production or component sourcing, or just dreadfully long (but expected) lead times?

    It’s a pity, because with the BeagleBone Black out of stock almost everywhere, in a business sense this would an ideal time to have lots of LIMEs in stock! 🙂



    • OLIMEX Ltd
      Apr 16, 2014 @ 19:31:04

      just bad planning for our component deliveries, our sales jumped and found us with no stock of differnt parts which are in LIME and which had unfortunately long delivery times… sigh the LIME is on the assembly line now and soon to be in stock


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