Final updates on A64-OLinuXino GMAC and eMMC, we are ready to launch production

A64-OLinuXino-1

We complete our test with Rev.B

Good news is that Gigabit interface works well with Micrel/Microchip PHY and result is real Gigabit bandwidth. A20 although having Gigabit interface can’t make more than 700 Mbit I guess this is related to A20 capability to handle the data from GMAC. With A64 the speed is  932Mbit i.e. very close to 1Gb:

root@A64-OLinuXino:~# iperf -s 
 ------------------------------------------------------------ 
 Server listening on TCP port 5001 
 TCP window size: 85.3 KByte (default) 
 ------------------------------------------------------------ 
 [  4] local 10.0.0.4 port 5001 connected with 10.0.0.1 port 41144 
 [ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth 
 [  4]  0.0-10.0 sec  1.09 GBytes   932 Mbits/sec

 

For eMMC we followed the advice to make it dual voltage 3.3V and 1.8V with aim to have faster transfers and we implemented it in the hardware, but the tests show that transfer is same even at 1.8V is a bit lower. I don’t know if this is due to lame software settings we do in the eMMC drivers, or just the eMMC we use have same transfer on both voltages (we check datasheet and the eMMC we use have same speed quoted on both voltages), so this may be useless for our eMMC chip:

eMMC clock: 52 Mhz

eMMC@3.3V 
root@A64-OLinuXino:/home/olimex# dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/output conv=fdatasync bs=384k count=1k; rm -f /mnt/output 
1024+0 records in 
1024+0 records out 
402653184 bytes (403 MB, 384 MiB) copied, 33.0437 s, 12.2 MB/s 
 
eMMC@1.8V 
root@A64-OLinuXino:/home/olimex# dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/output conv=fdatasync bs=384k count=1k; rm -f /mnt/output 
1024+0 records in 
1024+0 records out 
402653184 bytes (403 MB, 384 MiB) copied, 37.9408 s, 10.6 MB/s 
 
SDMMC clock: 40MHz 
 
SDMMC@3.3V 
root@A64-OLinuXino:/home/olimex# dd if=/dev/zero of=/tmp/output conv=fdatasync bs=384k count=1k; rm -f /tmp/output 
1024+0 records in 
1024+0 records out 
402653184 bytes (403 MB, 384 MiB) copied, 41.1578 s, 9.8 MB/s 
 

With SDMMC as we don’t know what SD card will be inserted the clock is set to default 40Mhz.

After re-checking that everything works, we make last cosmetic changes to audio part we noticed in the last moment and will run Rev.C in production.

LIME2 get better now with eMMC Flash A20-OLinuXino-LIME2-eMMC

A20-OLinuXino-LIME2-eMMC

A20-OLinuXino-LIME2-eMMC was developed first for customer of ours, but after we saw the result we decided that it’s good to add it in our web shop.

What difference make eMMC instead of NAND Flash?

eMMC behaves like SD-card so no need for special drivers, you write on it as you write on SD-CARD, it’s faster than NAND Flash, and it’s more reliable.

The eMMC Flash we use is industrial grade -40+90C SLC Flash from Micron. All other functionality remains same. Note thatA20-OLinuXino-LIME2-eMMC is still not 100% industrial temperature grade, the DDR3 and Ethernet PHY are in commercial temperature grade (0-90C for the DDR3 and 0-70C for Ethernet PHY), we have industrial grade DDR3 and can build A20-OLinuXino-LIME2-eMMC with such memories,so the next step to complete industrial grade temperature board is to find proper industrial grade Ethernet PHY chip.

A64-OLinuXino OSHW Linux computer is close to complete routing – GitHub update of KiCAD files

A64

Our first complex Linux board done completely in KiCAD is near the finish.

As you can see from the picture above all the complex high speed signals routing is already done.

What left is GPIO, audio etc low speed signals which are easy to complete.  CAD files are updated to GitHub

A33-OLinuXino OSHW Quad Core Linux SBC prototypes ready for test

A33-OLinuXino-top

We just assembled our A33-OLinuXino prototypes, these have PMU and should not overheat so badly as H3.

A33-OLinuXino-bottom

The advantage to have PMU is also that it have LiPo charger and can run from LiPo battery.

The features are:

  • A33 Quad core Cortex-A7 SoC
  • AXP223 PMU
  • 1/2GB RAM
  • optional 4GB NAND Flash
  • Audion Input
  • Audio Output
  • CSI/DSI connector
  • 40 pin LCD connector for LCD-OLinuXino-XX LCD modules
  • USB-OTG
  • GPIO 40 pin connector

Both H3 and A33 support dual CS DDR memories, this means they can work with the new 8Gb DDR3 ram chips which have two CS lines and H3-OLinuXino and A33-OLinuXino could have 1GB or 2GB RAM as option.

A33 have no Ethernet and HDMI, would be good for handheld video/audio processing devices.

The next revision of H3 and A33 OLinuXino will have eMMC option too.

 

EDIT: 18.00 o’clock update A33-OLinuXino is booting and working fine. As we expected although with same Quad Core Cortex-A7 it do not overheats at all compared to H3. Something is really broken in the H3 Linux clock/power configuration!!!

New KiCAD OSHW PCB project – Breakboard for ADS1220 Low Power 24-bit ADC

BB-ADS1220-1

ADS1220 is four channel 24-bit precise Sigma-Delta ADC with these features:

  • Low Current Consumption 120 µA in Duty-Cycle Mode
  • Wide Supply Range: 2.3 V to 5.5 V
  • Programmable Gain: 1 V/V to 128 V/V
  • Programmable Data Rates: Up to 2 kSPS
  • Up to 20-Bits Effective Resolution
  • Simultaneous 50-Hz and 60-Hz Rejection at 20 SPS with Single-Cycle Settling Digital Filter
  • Two Differential or Four Single-Ended Inputs
  • Dual Matched Programmable Current Sources: 10 µA to 1.5 mA
  • Internal 2.048-V Reference: 5 ppm/°C (typ) Drift
  • Internal 2% Accurate Oscillator
  • Internal Temperature Sensor: 0.5°C (typ) Accuracy
  • SPI-Compatible Interface (Mode 1)

The PCB is made with KiCAD and files are uploaded on GitHub with Apache 2.0 Licensee.

Software examples how to use BB-ADS1220 with OLIMEXINO-32U4 (Arduino Leonardo) and A20-OLinuXino-MICRO are available as reference.

A33-OLinuXino Open Source Hardware Linux SBC with Quad Core Cortex-A7 ARM processor running at 1.5Ghz

A33-OLinuXino

While we stopped the work on A31, we decided that A33 is promising device as it have Mali video and there is chance to have open source drivers and Linux support with hardware acceleration.

A33-OLinuXino is OSHW project and you can see the preliminary files at GitHub.

With size of 70×76 mm it’s small SOM like board, you can see the component arrangement above:

There are two 40 pin 0.1″ connectors: upped for LCD connector, lower for GPIOs, I2C, SPI, etc

A33-OLinuXino have PMU AXP223, A33 Quad core Cortex A7 running at 1.5Ghz, 4/8GB NAND Flash, 1GB RAM

On the left side you can see USB-OTG, LiPo battery connector, debug UART, button, micro SD card on the bottom

On the right side there are Audio IN and OUT connectors and flat cable connector with MIPI and CSI signals.

We still have no idea what it will cost when released as we don’t know how many layers will be the PCB, but we guess it will be in the LIME range i.e. about EUR 30

A10-OLinuXino-LIME GPIO description

Image

A10-OLinuXino-LIME Wiki page is updated https://www.olimex.com/wiki/A10-OLinuXino-LIME

GPIO connectors description is made in PDF format.

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