[Arm-netbook] The A64-OLinuXino laptop idea

Troy Benjegerdes hozer at hozed.org
Fri Nov 6 18:04:00 GMT 2015

I think my response to stuff like this now is:
"Show me the KiCAD design files and a board I can get in the mail
next week"

So far, my experience with Allwinner is it's great if you like 
reverse engineering, but if you actually want to ship a product
use something that comes with decent documentation and industrial
part grades, which is either freescale or TI at this point.

I need an open-hardware design I can use for a tractor/combine 
auto-guidance system, and it needs to have industrial temp ranges
and a 5 year minimum availibility lifetime.

On Fri, Nov 06, 2015 at 06:03:24PM +0100, Paul Boddie wrote:
> Hello,
> I see that Luke's friends/rivals at Olimex are considering the idea of a 
> laptop based on their "64-bit" development board:
> "A64-OLinuXino OSHW 64-bit ARM DIY Laptop idea update"
> https://olimex.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/a64-olinuxino-oshw-64-bit-arm-diy-
> laptop-idea-update/
> Their blog post about the board:
> "We work on A64-OLinuXino the first Open Source Hardware 64-bit development 
> board"
> https://olimex.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/we-work-on-a64-olinuxino-the-first-
> open-source-hardware-64-bit-development-board/
> The baffling thing about this "64-bit ARM" stuff, apart from the apparent lack 
> of vendor cooperation for Linux kernel development...
> "One of the problem is that A64 is quite new and no any Linux-Sunxi support, 
> as nobody have seen A64 development boards yet. SO it may pass several months 
> until A64-OLinuXino run anything else than Android 5.1"
> ...is that the principal benefit of bringing "64-bit" to ARM - addressing more 
> than 2GB RAM - is absent from this design. Indeed, I've only seen one ARM-
> based board - and not even a "64-bit" one [1] - which had 4GB RAM, let alone 
> more than that. And I imagine that the 4GB RAM is divided between the cores on 
> that Freescale i.MX6 board. (From what I've heard, Freescale is somewhat 
> better than Allwinner with regard to support and documentation, contrary to 
> claims in comments on the Olimex blog.)
> Anyway, I thought this was worth a quick perusal.
> Paul
> [1] http://solid-run.com/freescale-imx6-family/hummingboard/hummingboard-
> specifications/
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Troy Benjegerdes                 'da hozer'                  hozer at hozed.org
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