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$39 PcDuino3 Nano ARM Linux Development Board Features HDMI, SATA, Gigabit Ethernet, Arduino Headers…

Linksprite recently announced PcDuino3 Nano development board powered by AllWinner A20 dual core processor. PcDuino3 Nano is, as you can expect, a smaller and cheaper version the company’s PcDuino3 board without Wi-Fi module, LVDS header, and I2S interface. The board does not appear to support Li-Po batteries either, but it adds one extra USB host port compared to its big brother.


pcDuino3 specifications:

  • SoC – AllWinner A20 dual core ARM Cortex A7 @ 1.0 GHz with Mali 400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DRAM
  • Storage – 4GB NAND Flash, SATA connector, and microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 with HDCP support
  • Audio Out – 3.5mm analog audio interface
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB – 2x USB host, 1x USB OTG
  • Expansion Headers – Arduino UNO extension interface with 14xGPIO, 2xPWM, 6xADC, 1xUART, 1xSPI, 1xI2C.
  • Camera – MIPI camera support
  • Misc – IR receiver
  • Power – 5V, 2000mA
  • Dimensions – 91.4mm x 53.3mm (PcDuino3: 121mm x 65mm)

In some ways it’s similar to Cubieboard2 but in a smaller factor, with Gigabit Ethernet, but lacking the audio ports. The company still provide Ubuntu 12.04 and Android 4.2 images and source code for the board, as well as an API to control the I/O pins available on the Arduino headers (UART, ADC, PWM, GPIO, I2C, SPI).

PcDuino3 Nano can be purchased on Linksprite or Cutedigi for $39. Shipping is not included, and I got a ridiculous quote for UPS shipping to Thailand ($78) on Cutedigi, but USPS First Class is available on Linksprite for $6.75. You can also visit PcDuino3 Nano product page, and access the download, Wiki, and tutorial sections of the site to find out more.

Thanks to John for the tip.

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pcDuino8 dev board with Allwinner A80 in the works

The makers of the recently-launched pcDuino3 single board computer are already working on a next-generation model with a more powerful processor.

LinkSprite and Allwinner have announced that the upcoming pcDuino8 will features an Allwinner A80 octa-core processor.


The pcDuino platform combines the features of a Raspberry Pi-like single board computer or developer board with support for Arduino shields for adding customizable hardware.

The latest model is the pcDuino3, which is available from LinkSprite for $77. It features an Allwinner A20 ARM Cortex-A7 dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, support for Android and Ubuntu, and a number of ports including Ethernet, HDMI, microSD card, and USB.

While details about the new pcDuino8 are scarce, the board looks virtually identical to the current model. But instead of an A20 chip, it has an Allwinner A80.

That’s Allwinner’s new 8-core CPU which pairs 4 ARM Cortex-A15 CPU cores with 4 lower-power ARM Cortex-A7 CPU cores. The chip uses ARM’s big.LITTLE technology and features PowerVR G6230 graphics.

We’d heard that the makers of pcDuino and Cubieboard were working on next-gen devices featuring Allwinner’s A80 chip in April. But now LinkSprite is providing a first look at the new board. There’s no word on the price or release date yet.

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pcDuino3S is a tiny dual-core PC

he pcDuino3 is a single-board computer that sells for $77, runs Android or Ubuntu Linux, and features a dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor. But it doesn’t look like your typical computer, since it lacks a case.

So meet the pcDuino3S. It’s basically the same system, but in a steel case.

The pcDuino3S is available from LinkSprite for $99.


The system features 1GB of RAM, 4GB of built-in storage, a microSD card reader which support sup to 32GB of removable storage, 10/100 Ethernet, 3 USB ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack. It has an HDMI port for connecting an external display.

While the 1 GHz Allwinner A20 processor with Mali-400 graphics isn’t exactly the fastest ARM-based chip around, it’s a relatively inexpensive option which should be able to handle most basic tasks.

pcduino3s back

Interestingly, while the pcDuino3S has the same basic features as the single-board computer without a case, it looks like this model has a different circuit board with ports in different positions, as you can see from the videos showing how to assemble or take apart the case.

Generally the pcDuino3 is designed as a developer-friendly board, while the pcDuino3S is a relatively inexpensive PC that can run Android 4.2 or Ubuntu 12.04 and which could be used as a media player, thin client, or for other low-power PC tasks.



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LinkSprite Announces $39 pcDuino3 Nano

LinkSprite announced today the company launched a $39 single board computer, pcDuino3 nano, a new addition to its pcDuino family. As a leader in the open source hardware community, LinkSprite’s goal is to help students, hobbyists and professionals make new things, especially projects and products involving both software and hardware. “We are very excited about the low cost version of pcDuino. pcDuino3 nano offers still the most advanced features but at a greatly reduced price. We look forward to seeing many interesting projects and products built around it.”, said Jingfeng Liu, LinkSprite’s CEO.

pcDuino3 nano is a high performance, cost effective single board computer. It runs operation systems such as Ubuntu Linux and Android. pcDuino3 nano has HDMI interface to output its graphic desktop screen. It could support multi-format 1080p 60fps video decoder and 1080p 30fps H.264 and MPEG4 video encoder with its built-in hardware video processing engine. It targets specially the fast growing demands from the open source community. pcDuino3 nano provides easy-to-use tool chains and is compatible with the popular Arduino ecosystem such as Arduino Shields.

The hardware specifications of pcDuino3 nano is as following. CPU: AllWinner A20 SoC, 1GHz ARM Cortex A7 Dual Core; GPU: OpenGL ES2.0, OpenVG 1.1, Mali 400 Dual Core; DRAM:1GB; Onboard Storage:4GB Flash, microSD card (TF) slot for up to 32GB; Video Output: HDMI 1.4 with HDCP support; OS: Ubuntu 12.04 and Android 4.4; Arduino extension interface: Arduino sockets, same as Arduino UNO 14xGPIO, 2xPWM, 6xADC, 1xUART, 1xSPI, 1xI2C; Network interface: Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps; Audio out: 3.5mm analog audio interface. It also includes a SATA host connector. Compared to its full version pcDuino3, pcDuino3 nano doesn’t have LVDS LCD connector and IR, and some GPIO headers.

Software wise, it has a built-in Arduino style programming IDE and Scratch for pcDuino in additional to the programming languages such as C/C++, Python, Java, etc.

pcDuino3 nano is available at and LinkSprite online store for purchase immediately for $39.00 each.

LinkSprite Technologies. Inc., headquartered in Longmont, CO, manufactures and sells open source software and hardware products, such as pcDuino, and accessories for Arduino and Raspberry Pi. LinkSprite also provides

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pcDuino3 nano is a smaller, cheaper mini PC with Arduino support

The makers of the pcDuino line of products offer several small, low-power single-board computers with ARM processors and support for Arduino Shields.

The latest model is the smallest (and cheapest) to date. The pcDuino3 nano is now available for $39.

pcduino3 nano

This tiny computer features an Allwinner A20 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor with support for Android and Linux.

It features ARM Mali-400 graphics, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of embedded flash storage, a microSD card reader, HDMI output, 2 USB host ports, 1 USB OTG port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and Gigabit Ethernet. There’s also an IR receiver in case you want to use a wireless remote control, and a SATA host socket.

The little computer measures 3.6″ x 2.1″.

For developers, there are also GPIO, UART, and other pins and the same Arduino sockets you’d find with an Arduino UNO. This lets you connect existing Arduino Shields to add  Bluetooth, a touchscreen, or more for testing or hardware development purposes.

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pcDuino’s third Sweepstakes on Twitter Account (@pcduino) 9/12/2014

We did a third  pcDuino Sweepstakes on Twitter Account (@pcDuino) on 9/12/2014 for the week of 9/8/2014.

A python script was used to randomly pick three persons.

If the first person didn’t respond to our contact within 48 hours, we will move on the second one, and the third one.

For this week, the three persons are

 @jorlup @alexdhayden  @sozgurcaymaz
Please contact me with my email


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