Allwinner keep their promise for long term supply of T2 (industrial A20) SOC. If you wonder how 60K of Allwinner T2 SOC looks like you can see now

T2 is the industrial version of A20 – the most successful SOC in Allwinner history. It keeps selling for more than 8 years now and demand is steady.

We are proud that our OSHW designs with A20 are part of this success story.

T2 can work in extended temperature grade and is more expensive than A20, so the demand is not so big and used just by specific customers like in automotive and industrial equipment. During the last COVID-19 economy slow down these customers decreased and Allwinner stock of T2 was sold out. While NXP, ST etc always keep some kind of guarantee that they will produce this processor for XX years, Chinese companies are practical, they sell as long as it’s profitable for them and if demand is low they just stop.

This is why many people are afraid to place Chinese SOC in their products, they are afraid that this chip may stop being produced at some point of time and their design need to be changed.

Fortunately for Olimex our sales are big enough to be interesting and supported by Allwinner. We have enough business to place custom orders even for chips which are now with status “obsolete” and Allwinner keep producing them for us.

T2 automotive/industrial market for Allwinner now is not big enough for them to justify keeping it in stock, but Olimex placed order for these in January and 60Kpcs hit our warehouse few weeks ago.

The label show these T2 SOC are manufactured 18 of May 2020 πŸ™‚

So Allwinner keeps their part of the deal for long term delivery and manufacture for us even SOCs which are not available for sale officially, this means we can keep producing our boards with Allwinner SOC for our customers and they are safe with us.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul Jones
    Jun 17, 2020 @ 10:26:45

    Do you mind if I ask how long it will take to sell those 60k chips? I’ve got one of your original A10 boards and I still use it occasionally!


    • OLIMEX Ltd
      Jun 17, 2020 @ 10:43:00

      I do not mind if you ask πŸ™‚


      • namr
        Jun 17, 2020 @ 21:47:55

        LOL. I suspect, OP expected a different kind of answer.
        However, does it mean, minimum order quantity for T2 custom production run is less than for A20? I thought, you somewhere wrote, it was 90,000 for A20.

      • OLIMEX Ltd
        Jun 18, 2020 @ 09:53:19

        minimum order is about 50K, but for some SOCs we order in bigger quantities as we calculate about 5-6 months from order to delivery time.

      • SK
        Jun 17, 2020 @ 22:17:06

        I place my bet on 11 months.
        Olimex, keep track of the guesses and reserve the last of these 60K boards for whoever is closest πŸ˜€

  2. Roxa
    Jun 21, 2020 @ 16:04:03

    One of the boxes is upside down. πŸ˜›


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