A10-OLinuXino-LIME-4GB now in stock


A10-OLinuXino-LIME-4GB with 4GB NAND Flash is released and in stock for these who want to run Android from NAND Flash.

NAND Flash is also available as disk storage in Linux as there is working MTD driver, but booting Linux from NAND seems to have still obstracles or at least we didn’t saw official Linux-Sunxi solution. The proprietary Allwinner bootloader from Android can be used but some people say it’s violating GPL, we are not experts and have no idea if this is correct or not.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. asdf
    May 16, 2014 @ 11:16:27

    How about the A20 Lime? Any news?


  2. jean-marc Harang
    May 16, 2014 @ 11:49:48

    great !


  3. diego
    May 16, 2014 @ 16:54:03

    Yepp A20 lime would be very interesting.


  4. meHowWantCheapLIME2
    May 17, 2014 @ 23:21:09

    Too expensive – 12 EUR (VAT incl.) for 4 GB?! You could easily buy 32 GB (!!) flash drive with USB and everything for that.
    Furthermore your SOMs charge 7 EUR for 4GB flash for single quantities and 4.9 EUR for >=1000 pcs. The LIME is supposed to be low price, so 35-36 EUR would be the right price here if you ask me.

    And really, what about LIME2 – it was expected may?


    • OLIMEX Ltd
      May 19, 2014 @ 09:55:16

      if we were selling components your calculations may be correct, but this is complete board, which have additional components around the NAND Flash and then tests have to be ran, NAND Flash have to be loaded with Android etc. this time to test cost money
      if you think this is very expensive, here is my suggestion for you: buy (or produce) LIME and buy NAND Flash, then assembly, test and sell them for EUR 35 and run your business with this enormous margin πŸ˜‰ everything is public


      • meHoWantCheapLIME2
        May 19, 2014 @ 17:31:09

        Oh, you got touchy πŸ˜€ Well hardware manufacturing in volume is a low margin business πŸ™‚

        Furthermore I suggest you should start thinking of ways to automate the test process and other ways of making it easier to perform. There was a post about it some time ago on sparkfun (how they make progremmers for 10+ boards with pogopins etc, etc. wich saves them A LOT of time and resources).

        All in all I think you should invest more resources (not necessarily money) in advertisments, branding and etc. so more people know of your product and buy it, thus heigher volumes, lower prices and everyone will be happier (including your partners like Allwinner, SK Hynix …) πŸ™‚

        And you said nothing about LIME2 – is it happening soon?

        Best regards πŸ™‚

      • OLIMEX Ltd
        May 19, 2014 @ 18:09:50

        touchy definitely not, but it’s cheap to give advice how to produce this or that and hard to implement working solutions πŸ˜‰

        do not compare programming PICs with few KB of Flash with 4GB NAND, as I wrote everything is Open, if one think can do it better he always can give it try πŸ˜‰

        LIME2 is on it’s way, as RK3188-SOM, A13-SOM, AM3352-SOM and many others I even didn’t blog about, so do not hold your breath as we work on many projects in parallel, we do our the best, but every board need it’s time and love to be ready for stocking and sale
        take care πŸ˜‰

  5. dsporis
    May 19, 2014 @ 13:51:04

    Is it a solved problem the corruption of NAND Flash when power loss occur during Android/Linux running? If not how could it be solved?


  6. mSATA support
    May 20, 2014 @ 18:27:57

    I just saw http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/05/20/pq-labs-istick-a350-ssd-is-a-quad-core-hdmi-tv-stick-with-an-msata-connector-and-a-battery/ and thought that an mSATA connector would really be useful for many small Olimex boards, since it gave the possibility to have a lot of storage space on small size, so people could keep their small boards inside small boxes. Have you considered such a thing?

    I wonder whether SoCs like Allwinner’s, which include SATA, could provide this natively or if it requires additional circuitry. I assume that the product from the link has an additional SATA chip, since you wrote in a previous post that RK3188 doesn’t have inbuilt SATA support.


  7. Booter
    May 28, 2014 @ 14:07:38

    Booting a custom linux build is possible – we have one but it uses the boot1 boot loader.


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