A31-SOM update


a31-som

About year ago we posted on this blog about our work on A31 SOM module, a lot of time passed away so we would like to make clear statement about it’s status.

A31 SOM hardware was complete long time ago, but we found lot of bugs in A31 during the software development. Lot of things do not work as expected and the chip have overall poor performance. The video is with PowerVR which means there will be no Linux acceleration forever. All you will got running on it with hardware acceleration is Kernel 3.4 with Android. Memory do not work reliable above 200Mhz clock which is terrible performance. While we have hesitated if we have to put more effort on this chip we got notice from Allwinner that they discontinue A31 and A31s production which ended our hesitation.

A31 has very short life, Tom Cubie shared on IRC before while that Allwinner internally hate this chip with all it’s bugs too🙂 so I guess Allwinner also got relieve to get rid of it.

Leasons learned, we move forward🙂

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dbdavid
    May 19, 2015 @ 06:29:44

    does it mean this project will be discontinued?

    Reply

  2. Martin Nisted
    May 19, 2015 @ 08:34:07

    Thanks for sharing. Thumbs up.

    Reply

  3. Freire
    May 19, 2015 @ 16:49:02

    Go ahead, go A80!

    Reply

    • SK
      May 19, 2015 @ 16:57:06

      Not to kill your enthusiasm, but last time I cheked the A80 board was also on hold (Tsvetan said the A80 sillicon was buggy).

      Reply

  4. blu
    Jun 02, 2015 @ 03:24:23

    Hi, thank you for your update, just one question, what does this mean for the likes of the Banana Pi M2 with the A31S Soc

    Reply

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