A new low cost development board is available for pre-ordering at $20, it is called “pcDuino4 Nano”. pcDuino term comes from combining Mini PC with Arduino and it is a platform that runs PC-like OS such as Android ICS or Ubuntu.
pcDuino boards can be used to learn programming and understand how to use linux OS. It also works as an interface with electronics hardware alongside the typical activities such as browsing internet and watching movies.
pcDuino4 Nano based on Allwinner H3 SoC, which has a 1.2 GHz quad core Cortex A7 CPU 512KB cache, with an ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU up to 600 MHz. This chip supports DDR2 and DDR3 memories, Ultra HD 4k and Full HD 1080p video decoding, camera and audio integration.
pcDuino4 Nano comes with 1GB RAM memory, microSD card slot, USB 2.0 and micro USB ports, HDMI port, 3.5mm jack, 10/100 M ethernet, DVP interface, pin headers for expansions and powered by 5V.
Here is the full specifications:
- SoC – Allwinner H3 quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.2 GHz with an ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU up to 600 MHz
- System Memory – 1GB DDR3 SDRAM
- Storage – microSD card slot
- Video & Audio Output – HDMI and 3.5mm jack for CVBS (composite + stereo audio)
- Connectivity -10/100M Ethernet
- USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
- Camera – DVP Interface
- Expansions – 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible header with UART, SPI, I2C, PWM, GPIOs, etc…
- Debugging – 4-pin header for serial console
- Misc – Power and reset buttons; 2x LEDs; IR receiver; on-board microphone.
- Power Supply – 5V/2A via micro USB port; 4.7V ~ 5.6V via VDD pin on “Raspberry Pi” header.
- Dimensions – 64 x 50mm (smaller than Arduino UNO and Raspberry Pi)
You might notice that this board is very similar to another one called “NanoPi M1”. They have the same design, features, ports and schematic and according to CNXSoft the manufacturer is the same. The main difference we can detect is that pcDuino4 has a white PCB and the other has a blue one.