Meet A13-SOM the smallest Allwinner SOM which cost only EUR 18 in single quantity and run with 1Ghz Cortex-A8 processor



A13-SOM is very small only 61 x 33 mm module which contains everything to run Linux:

  • A13 Cortex-A8 processor running at 1Ghz
  • 256 or 512MB of DDR3 memory
  • micro SD-card
  • power supply
  • console UART
  • A13 GPIO ports on connectors

The module needs single 3.3V / 150mA power supply to run Debian Linux.

All free ports of A13 are available on 4 connectors with 0.05″ step.

A13-SOM-256MB cost EUR 18 for single quantity and goes down to EUR 12 for 1000 pcs.

A13-SOM-512MB cost EUR 21 for single quantity and goes down to EUR 14 for 1000 pcs


A13-SOM-WIFI is shield to connect to A13-SOM and have these features: RTL8188CU wifi module, USB-OTG, optional 4GB NAND, optional 8MB SPI Flash, LCD connector. The LCD connector supports all our parallel RGB LCDs like A13-LCD4.3″TS, A13-LCD7″TS, A13-LCD10″TS.

A13-SOM-WIFI cost EUR 10 in single quantity, A13-SOM-WIFI-4GB cost EUR 17 in single quantity, A13-SOM-WIFI-8MB cost EUR 12.00 in single quantity

A13-SOM and A13-SOM-WIFI will be in stock by May 15th.

A13-SOM-LTE a 4G LTE 100Mbit shield is in development.

A13-SOM is perfect where space is limited, basically you can do with it same what you can do with A13-OLinuXino but in much smaller and compact form.


27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jonsmirl
    May 05, 2014 @ 19:03:04

    No A23?


  2. dpa2007
    May 05, 2014 @ 19:37:21

    Reblogged this on dpa2007.


  3. Henry Nipp
    May 05, 2014 @ 21:52:22

    Nice, but I woner why there’s only A13-SOM-WIFI. An A13-SOM-WIFI-BT would be much more useful, since you could easily connect wireless Bluetooth keyboards, mice, audio headsets or other custom Bluetooth devices. Since Wifi and BT use roughly the same radio frequencies, it should only be a software matter to support both protocols with the same RF chip. Please consider a variant with Bluetooth support!


  4. jonsmirl
    May 05, 2014 @ 22:33:10

    I sent you a flyer on Ampak wifi modules. They are pin compatible and let you chose 2.4/5Ghz BT NFC GPS etc…


  5. Gerrit
    May 05, 2014 @ 23:57:50

    Interesting, but no USB ?


  6. Emiliano Daddario
    May 06, 2014 @ 00:02:14

    Perfect for a very thick Ubuntuphone! 🙂 A phone doesn’t need the BT in the SOM since the BT is included in OLIMEXINO-NANO-GSM, which I suppose is compatible with this one


    • wegu
      May 06, 2014 @ 03:57:28

      How would it be compatible without doing some ugly wiring exercise? The OLIMEXINO-NANO-GSM module seems to fit on OLIMEXINO-NANO headers, which are clearly not placed where A13-SOM headers are placed.


      • Emiliano Daddario
        May 06, 2014 @ 12:07:18

        I didn’t notice this one has no UEXT connector, thanks. Maybe I’ll wait for the LTE module

      • Emiliano Daddario
        May 06, 2014 @ 12:24:29

        I guess that to add UEXT connectors, something like the A20-SOM-EVB, but for the A13, would be needed

  7. Emiliano Daddario
    May 06, 2014 @ 00:09:17

    I was wondering how A13-SOM-LTE will be different from OLIMEXINO-NANO-GSM, apart from LTE of course. I guess it will be a shield for the A13-SOM, and not a SOM itself, and I wonder if it will have BT and FM radio like the OLIMEXINO-NANO-GSM or not


    • OLIMEX Ltd
      May 06, 2014 @ 09:15:49

      the difference is only 100MB internet speed vs. 9KB GPRS speed 🙂


      • Zanel
        May 06, 2014 @ 19:08:17

        A low-cost GPRS module is still useful though. 2G is still more widely deployed in rural areas than 3G or 4G and low-bandwidth data plans are available much cheaper than high-bandwidth plans, since the latter ones are usually advertised as “flat rates” with a ridiculously low included monthly high-speed data volume like 100 MB, after which you either have to pay more or have your bandwidth reduced to GPRS speed. Thus, you can effectively use your “high-speed” plan for only a couple of minutes. However, for simple control messages, GPRS bandwidth is sufficient and can be had for relatively cheap from telephone providers.

  8. A13-SOM fan
    May 06, 2014 @ 20:42:41

    Is this SOM CE certified?


  9. zoobab
    May 06, 2014 @ 21:52:41

    Any way to adapt those 0.05 female pins to a breadboard?


  10. Pete
    May 06, 2014 @ 23:29:41

    “All free ports of A13 are available on 4 connectors with 0.05″ step.”

    The one single factor that utterly killed the Cubieboard, so far as I was concerned, was that they used 2mm headers not 0.1 inch. If they’d gone with the industry standard instead of trying to save a tiny bit of board size, I would never have picked up an Olimex A20.

    If you guys are going to use a non-standard header: that is ANYTHING that is not 2.5mm you absolutely have to make the connectors available to buy – or better: ship with the board.
    Without the ability for end users, who aren’t buying 1000-off, to connect to the board it won’t be usable.


    • Emiliano Daddario
      May 08, 2014 @ 20:52:32

      Adapters exist for other boards. For example 0.05” to 0.1” adapters are available for the LIME (the name of the adapter is A10-OLinuXino-LIME-UEXT), I’m pretty sure some solution will be available for A13-SOM too


  11. Vitr
    May 07, 2014 @ 05:26:21

    Hi, how much is the 4gb nand flash version? Which linux version for NAND?



  12. Gnichi M
    May 19, 2014 @ 16:05:54

    it’s May 19th, where is the SOM!!! 🙂


  13. dbdavidtwnDavid Lee
    May 20, 2014 @ 06:06:12

    where could I place the order? how about the lead time?


  14. dbdavidtwn
    May 21, 2014 @ 04:48:24

    Could you accept the pre-order and provide the estimate delivery date? Currently I am using Olinuxino-Micro board for development; but I am interested to use much small form-factor A13-SOM! could you release the related schematics. interface, layout mechanical information that I could design my own add-on board?


  15. dbdavidtwn
    Jun 11, 2014 @ 05:12:28

    any status update from A13 SOM? it’s been a long time pass-by!


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