The 2nd PCB model cubietruck discussion
It has been nearly a year since the Cubieteam launched the first open-source-hardware product named Cubieboard in Aug. 2012. The Cubieteam started with no product and no market penetration. But as one of Cubieteam, I oversaw the move into a national innovation incubator park from a peasant house, then develop a product from hand soldering to machine mass production. It attracted numerous companies as distributors. Every achievement was hard work for the Cubieteam, but it has brought us great satisfaction.
The Cubieteam is a very small team with several young people. None of us has business experience, or managing a company, but we love technology. We are united because of a common dream, “making a cheap small-sized computer and exchange the technology with geeks all over the world” . Unexpectedly, we received over $90000 to start volume production. This money came from many enthusiasts, friends of the project, and agent companies who generously prepaid to obtain the board. It makes us feel that the “world is filled with love and trust”. Over the past year many people have contacted us to customize and modify the product for them, however making a new product is not very easy. The small Cubieteam has no resources to finish more projects, but we didn’t want to disappoint our enthusiastic fans.
After just one year the technology of computers based on embedded SOCs has improved. We are proud to be on the cutting edge. Based on many suggestions from the forum, and customers, the Cubieteam decided to design a second open-source hardware product. It’s another PCB model, named CubieTruck. Here are the hardware features:
(Translated by Don White)
1、AllWinnerTech SOC A20，ARM® Cortex™-A7 Dual-Core，ARM® Mali400 MP2 Complies with OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1
2、1GB/2GB DDR3@480MHz (960MTPS)
3、HDMI&VGA 1080P display output on-board
5、Wifi+BT wireless connection with antenna on-board
6、SATA 2.0 interface support 2.5’ HDD，(for 3.5’ HDD, only need another 12V power input)
7、Storage solution：NAND+MicroSD or TSD+ MicroSD or 2*MicroSD
8、2 x USB HOST，1 x OTG，1 x Toslink (SPDIF Optical)，1 x IR，4 x LEDs，1 Headphone，3 x Keys
9、Power：DC5V @ 2.5A with HDD，support Li-battery & RTC
10、54 extended pins including I2S, I2C, SPI, CVBS, LRADC x2,UART, PS2, PWMx2, TS/CSI, IRDA, LINEIN&FMIN&MICIN, TVINx4 with 2.0 pitch connectors
11、PCB size：11cm *8cm*1.4mm，very suite for installing a 2.5’ HDD