This is how Allwinner keep their promise for long term supply with Olimex

A13s

Today 39.6 K pcs A13 arrived to our warehouse. This is partial shipment of our 90 K pcs order placed in April, the balance is testing now and will be shipped this month. Allwinner produced these A13 SOC exclusively for us. As you can see from the label these left factory 27th of August 2019:

A13

A13-OLinuXino was our first board with Allwinner SOC.

We released it 7 years ago back in 2012.

Although A13 is officially discontinued from Allwinner web site, A13-SOM and A13-OLinuXino are still very popular boards among our customers and we supply them in large quantity.

This is example how working Long Term supply can be achieved with company from China. Note that Allwinner do not say that they will stop manufacturing A13 after 10 years, they will keep producing as long as their masks are OK and there is demand.

 

Long Term OLinuXino supply – How it works?

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We got question from customer of ours: “We are using your A20-OLinuXino in our product and I’ve heard that you are going to stop the production soon, is this true?”

Most of our customers are industrial machine producers and they need long term supply from their vendors. They do certification for their machines which cost a lot and they can’t afford to spend more money every year because the Linux module is not produced or changed. We already wrote several post on our blog that we supply our boards until there is demand for them and that we have long term supply agreement with Allwinner, but some people spread rumors and I have to write it and make it clear again: We will produce OLinuXino boards until there is demand. It’s even included in our GTC.

When back in 2014 I posted that we can supply OLinuXino forever¬†many people were skeptical (well yes it is exaggerated ūüôā ) and wrote back – do not believe Chinese suppliers, they will let you down etc. etc.

Allwinner though is keeping their promise and we can buy all Allwinner SOCs we use without problem. Our volumes allow us to meet their MOQ.

For instance A13 SOC is very old and Allwinner discontinued it several years ago, it’s even not listed on their web as product, but we still keep buying it and producing A13 boards for our customers. We have also many customers which used our boards as template to make their own variants and now we supply them with A13 SOCs so they keep manufacturing them. You will not find A13 for sale anywhere even in China, but we are expecting next lot of 90Kpcs A13 to come from Allwinner in few weeks. Yes we have to order such quantities as Allwinner need 3 month to produce the SOCs from the order to shipment.

Many customers ask can you guarantee 10-15-20 years of supply? I doubt anyone in industry can see so long ahead. Allwinner is young company, founded September 2007, i.e. less 12 years old. Who knows what they will do after 20 years? We see that Western companies with much more history change owners every year and no one knows what the new owner will decide to do, so no one can give you 10-20 years prediction or will simply intentionally or unintentionally mislead you.

For A13 and A20 this agreement works well last 7 years. Both we at Olimex and Allwinner has no reason stop production, which brings money to both of us. We got visit from Allwinner sales manager in March this year and he said that they never though they can sell A13 and A20 for so long time. Most of other SOCs they sell target consumer market where lifetime is 1-2 years top.

Linux and Open Source Hardware works well for them and prolong their sales.

New slim only 7 cm width Adjustable Power supply in stock

PWR

ATN-PS3005D adjustable power supply is one of our very popular sale items, whole class rooms in schools and universities here in Bulgaria were equipped with them, but they had one disadvantage Рthey were  huge and take lot of space on your desktop, so when we finish our stock we looked around for something similar 0-30V DC 5A regulated adjustable power supply but with smaller size, and we found this one above on the picture. With compact size of only 7 x 12 x 22 CM  this makes more room for other stuff on your desk! Smaller size means less transport cost also!

So now we retire ATN-PS3005D and replace it with PWR-PS3005!

New Products in stock: Open Source Hardware Breadboard DC-DC Power supply

BB-PWR-3608-1

We have three new boards designed with KiCAD:

BB-PWR-8009 is with input from 3 to 5.5V DC and convert it to 3.3V / 1.5A

BB-PWR-8113 is with input from 4.5 to 16V DC and convert it to 3.3V / 3A

BB-PWR-3608 is with input 5V and convert it to 12V or 24V /1A

All three boards have efficiency more than 90% and work from -40+85C, they snap to Breadboard power rails and are easy to integrate.

New Products in Stock: Regulated Power supplies

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ATN-PS3005D is regulated power supply with output voltage 0-30V and current 0-5A. The ripple noise is less 3mV. The power supply have over current, over voltage and thermal protections.

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ATN-PS3005S-3D is 3 channel power supply, first two channels are 0-30V and current 0-5A the 3rd channel is fixed to 5V / 3A.

The different channels can be connected in series or in parallel. The ripple noise is less 3mV. The power supply have over current, over voltage and thermal protections.

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ATN-TR6005-S is regulated power supply with output voltage 0-60V and current 0-5A. The ripple noise is less 3mV. The power supply have over current, over voltage and thermal protections.