[Arm-netbook] "Great China's Firewall" blocking access to A10 SoC

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton luke.leighton at gmail.com
Mon Nov 7 13:53:29 GMT 2011

On Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 1:56 AM, Bari Ari <bari at onelabs.com> wrote:
> What exactly did they block access to?

 they're dropping the DNS!

> The company website from outside China?

 the entire DNS.

> email? Selling the Allwinner A10 ARM SOC to foreigners?

 don't know - that's speculation at this point.

> Do you have a list of specs for the protos?

* ARM cortex A10 1.5ghz - see this for a "definition" of A10 in this context:

* RAM: we're going for the full 2gb.  the little factory is finding
out if the full 2gb of RAM is in fact properly supported.  the
hardware supports 2gb RAM, but because nobody has done anything other
than 512mb not even the SoC people know if it does 2gb!  amazing :)

 * the usual EOMA/PCMCIA interfaces: SATA-II, 10/100 Ethernet, USB2,
I2C, 24-pin LCD-out and 16 pins GPIO

 * a series of small expansion headers for access to everything else
(JTAG, 3 remaining SDIO slots, remaining GPIO and multi-function pins)

 * the factory is also going to add Micro-HDMI, Micro-SD, and "powered" USB-OTG

 this latter is crucial because it means that the board could be
powered directly from USB-OTG as a stand-alone 85x56x3.5mm computer,
providing HDMI output.

 any input and feedback greatly appreciated: i can't operate in the
dark, here.  what do people really want to see happen?

> Is this a EOMA/PCMCIA-based board?

 yes.  the 68 pins are re-used, pre-defined and are not going to
change: everything else is entirely flexible, and can be whatever
people want it to be... *if* they speak up.


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