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.

pcDuino8

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.

via CNX Software

  • Justin Nielsen

    “But now LinkSprite is providing a first look at the new board.”

    Except that they are not, since the photograph shown is only a mockup.

    “the board looks virtually identical to the current model”

    Hardly surprising, since the photograph is a composite of the A80 chip superimposed on the current pcDuino3.

    Just because Linksprite publish an untitled, unlabeled photograph which features an A80 chip on the same web page as an announcement for a new board featuring the A80 does not mean that the actual product will look like that, except in the minds of those readily susceptible to suggestion.