Sunday, 21 September 2014


Recently I received one of these beauties. It's like a raspberry pi but runs arduino boards and arduino IDE on it.

So firstly was to go to the pcduino site and download the zip file, unzip it and copy to a sd card (an .img and .sh file) don't use win image or anything like that, straight forward drop and go.

Next plug the card in and turn on the device which welcomes you with the pcduino page before it copies the contents to the onboard chip and whalla the board now has Ubuntu on it with all the essential programs and if anything is a great cheap computer just for that but there's more.

The board also comes with extra connections like Ethernet, wifi, usb and IR on this 1ghz board.

So far I've been very impressed with it and like the all in one feel for using a small computer and arduino together and  for £55 quid certainly worth it.  If after a while you have enough then I'm sure it could be a great XBMC device.

Here are the specs.

CPUAllWinner A20 SoC, 1GHz ARM Cortex A7 Dual Core
GPUOpenGL ES2.0, OpenVG 1.1, Mali 400 Dual Core
Onboard Storage4GB Flash, microSD card (TF) slot for up to 32GB
Video OutputHDMI 1.4 with HDCP support
  • Ubuntu 12.04
  • Android 4.2
Arduino extension interfaceArduino sockets, same as Arduino UNO
14xGPIO, 2xPWM, 6xADC, 1xUART, 1xSPI, 1xI2C
Network interface
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Ethernet 10M/100Mbps
Audio out
  • 3.5mm analog audio interface
  • I2S stereo digital audio interface
IRIR receiver
SATASATA Host socket
BatteryLi-Poly Battery Interface
USB1 x USB host, 1xUSB OTG
Power5V, 2000mA
Overall Size121mm x 65mm

 Software Specifications

  • Ubuntu 12.04
  • Android 4.2
  • English
  • All the arduino shield pins are accessible with the provided API
  • It consists of API to access the following interfaces:
    • UART
    • ADC
    • PWM
    • GPIO
    • I2C
    • SPI
Programming language support
  • C, C++ with GNU tool chain
  • Java with standard Android SDK
  • Python

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