Cubieboard gets a dual-core upgrade ($59 Android, Linux mini PC)

The Cubieboard is a tiny computer that’s about the size and shape of a Raspberry Pi, but which features more memory, built-in storage, and a few other goodies that the Raspberry Pi lacks.

Last year the first Cubieboard hit the streets with an Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 single core processor. Now there’s a new model featuring a faster, dual-core CPU.

Cubieboard2

The Cubieboard2 sports an Allwinner A20 ARM Cortex-A7 dual-core processor with Mali 400 MP2 graphics. The new chip happens to be pin-to-pin compatible with the A10 chip.

That allowed the makers of the Cubieboard to upgrade with minimal fuss — so the new board looks a lot like the old one, and features the same basic specs, including:

  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of built-in storage
  • HDMI port
  • microSD card slot
  • SATA connector
  • 10/100 Ethernet
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 IR port
  • 96 pin extended interface

The device doesn’t feature built-in WiFi, and doesn’t come with an operating system loaded, but you can connect a USB WiFi dongle and load Android, Ubuntu 12.04, or other Linux distributions yourself.

You can pick up a Cubiboard2 for $59 from the Cubiestore or Miniand store.

While it’s not the most powerful ARM-based mini PC around, it’s a hacker/developer friendly device and it’s one of the few devices of its type that officially supports both Android and Linux.

via CNX Software

  • Daniel Lundh

    I ordered this last night. I love my Cubieboard and am really looking forward to this speed bump. WIll be interesting to see geekbench on this…

    • OnOff

      Is that powered over USB? Does it have a power switch?

      • Daniel Lundh

        It can be powered over USB. And it has a power switch.

      • brf

        Darn. Moving parts.

  • Andrei Maniu

    Make an AMlogic powered one, to have HDMI and VGA on it, and maybe double the RAM, double the USB, add an IDE connector on it, and i’m getting 10 of them

  • Rob

    I was just curious, could Android OS be loaded onto a 30GB SSD drive and run on this board?

    • Daniel Lundh

      No, no booting from SATA

  • Toby

    Looks good, I wish that gigabit NICs were a little more common on these dev boards.