Beautiful metal boxes for A20-OLinuXino-MICRO in stock, boxes for LIME and LIME2 in production


The A20-OLinuXino-MICRO metal boxes BOX-A20-MICRO-A are in stock! The first batch is with Black top cover and Black base. There are four other colors on painting operation for the base: Red, Green, Blue and Silver.

What you see above is MODEL-A which is 155 x 95 x 30 mm. This is the top cover:


This is base:


They assembly together with single M3 screw:


On the sides there are openings to press the A20-OLinuXino-MICRO buttons and to exit ribbon cables connected to inside sockets. The A20-OLinuXino-MICRO inside is mounted on 6mm hex spacers:


And there are rubber feets on bottom:


Box is very solid and with excellent texture painting which do not allow greasy fingerprints 🙂 (well I guess it depends how greasy the fingers are).

BOX-A20-MICRO-B has ventilation openings and provision SATA 2.5″ Hard drive to be mounted inside:


Here is how SATA drive is mounted on the top cover:


The A20-OLinuXino-MICRO inside is also put on hex spacers:


this is closed box with SATA drive mounted inside:


Here is same box on bottom:


A20-OLinuXino-LIME/LIME2 boxes are also in production and will be in stock next week. Here is the preliminary prototype:



These boxes are small 100 x 65 x 25 mm, there is no provision for SATA drive inside, if one wants to make server has to put the drive and UPS battery outside. As you can see A20-LIME has just single hex spacer as the design is so dense that no space to put more mounting holes on the board.

Next week we will have another news: Beautiful metal frame for 7″ LCD with A20-OLinuXino-LIME inside build-in, which can be attached to any industrial panel/machine with 4 mount screws.

We are also re-layout LIME2 with Micrel PHY which Microchip sell in industrial temperature version. This is something which was holding us off to release complete -45+85C industrial grade LIME2 till now. In two weeks we will test our first Industrial grade LIME2 with SLC eMMC 4GB, Industrial DDR3 memory, Industrial PHY. If everything works flawless we will have soon Industrial grade Linux SBC with LCD in solid metal frame.




6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michael
    Mar 25, 2016 @ 20:30:35

    It’s great to hear that the LIME2 will be getting a variant with a (presumably) better PHY than the RTL8211CL.

    I spent a *lot* of time debugging the gigabit ethernet issue on the RTL8211CL, along with the smart people on the u-boot mailing list. It’s pretty much solved:

    Will the LIME2 boxes also provide openings for cables? Luckily, I stepped on my Hammond box and now it has a convenient opening for CABLE-40-40-10CM 🙂


    • Thomas
      Mar 26, 2016 @ 12:57:52

      Not only you spent an awful lot of time on trying to debug this:

      As fas as I understand only on the industrial variant the PHY will be replaced (but I still hope that 8211CL on the next batch of Lime2 will be replaced with 8211D/E that do not show this behaviour?)


      • Michael
        Mar 26, 2016 @ 14:05:15

        Hi Thomas,

        I saw all the forum threads, yes. By no means did I want to claim I was the only one suffering and debugging the issue 🙂

        Getting the industrial variant may be worth it just for the different PHY. I wonder if the industry chips also have improved life span in “regular” working conditions, E.g. As a fire-and-forget server somewhere in a closet.

  2. Anon Y. Mouse
    Mar 27, 2016 @ 02:09:21

    Wow thats great news getting an industrial grade lime. Seems i finally found a suitable board for my project.
    Could you change those 4 cutouts for the hammond case to 4 mounting holes instead? To remain compatible the screw holes could be on perforated tabs with the possibility to break them off to restore the usual lime board outline.


  3. SK
    Mar 29, 2016 @ 00:39:09

    Is the LCD itself capable of operation in the -45 to 85 degrees Celsius temperature range?


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