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A13 Linux Board, microSD, 3x USB-Host, VGA, Audio, UEXT US$59.45

A13-OLinuXino
A13 Linux Board, microSD, 3x USB-Host, VGA, Audio, UEXT


A13-OLinuXino is a low-cost single-board Linux computer in a very compact nano-ITX form. It uses the Allwinner Technology A13 ARM Cortex-A8 processor in eLQFP176 package.

A13-OLinuXino is suitable for embedded programming enthusiasts, Linux gadget fans and also professionals since its low cost makes it a good solution for application-orientated embedded systems. It allows embedded software development without fully needing to understand the hardware side.

This version of the A13-OLinuXino does not come with a pre-built OS, as it does not have NAND Flash. The board can boot from a microSD card. Pre-built Debian Linux and Linaro images are available to download; see below. In the Optional Recommended Products list at the bottom of this page, you can choose to add a microSD card with a Debian image already installed.

In addition, the official Debian 8.0 Jessie release now has a Device Tree Blob specific to this board.

This board is an open-source hardware and software project; see the links below to participate in the development discussion.

A13 Development Board Features

  • A13 Cortex A8 processor at 1 GHz, 3D Mali400 GPU
  • 512 MB RAM (2 256Mbit 8)
  • 6V to 16V DC input power supply, noise-immune design
  • 3 + 1 USB Host: 3 available for users, 1 for on-board input
  • 1 USB OTG which can power the board
  • Barrel connector for external power supply option
  • JST connector for battery power option
  • SD card connector for booting the Linux image
  • VGA video output (800600); script now available for XVGA (1024768) too
  • LCD signals available on connector so you can use an LCD if you disable VGA/HDMI
  • Audio output
  • Microphone input
  • Four mounting holes
  • RTC PCF8536 on board for real-time clock and alarms
  • 5 keys on board for Android navigation
  • UEXT connector for connecting additional modules (see below)
  • GPIO connector with 68/74 pins and these signals:
      17 for adding NAND Flash
      22 for connecting LCD
      20+4 including 8 GPIOs which can be input, output, or interrupt sources
      3x I2C
      2x UARTs
      SDIO2 for connecting SD cards and modules
      5 system pins: +5V, +3.3V, GND, RESET, NMI

Add-on UEXT Modules Available

This board has a universal extension connector, UEXT, which allows you to add a peripheral module easily. The UEXT can provide I2C, RS232, SPI and power to the external device. Please see the UEXT Boards Category for a full list of modules that can plug into the UEXT port.

The A13-OLinuXino GitHub Page (see link below) contains example code for use with the following UEXT boards: MOD-BT, MOD-GSM, MOD-IO, MOD-LCD1x9, MOD-MAG, MOD-RFID125-BOX, MOD-RGB, MOD-RS485-ISO, MOD-TC-MK2, and MOD-ZIGBEE-UEXT.

Powering the Board

There are three ways to power the A13-OLinuXino. There is a barrel connector which you can use with one of the power supplies listed in the options below (set it to 6.5V for maximum current). There also is a JST connector for connecting any of these Lithium-Polymer Batteries (OK in most cases; may not be enough to run all three USB ports and an LCD simultaneously, but with VGA should be fine). A third option is to power it via USB OTG (the mini-USB connector), though that would limit the use of peripherals, e.g. not enough to power an LCD.

A13 Development Board Resources

Optional LCD Panels

If, instead of a VGA monitor, you want to use a small LCD panel, you can add one using the checkboxes below. Note however that you will need the 2x20 IDC ribbon cable as well to connect the LCD, and will need to run the change_display_a13.sh script file in the /root directory.


Optional Recommended Products for this Item
USB-to-Serial Cable, 6 Female Header Wires, 3.3V I/O+ US$14.90
USB 2.0 Cable, 6ft., A-Male / B-Male+ US$6.00
USB 2.0 Cable, 6ft. A-Male / Mini-USB (5-pin) B-Male+ US$6.00
USB 2.0 Cable, 6ft. A-Male / Micro-USB (5-pin) B-Male+ US$6.00
Power Supply 3-12V DC, U.S. plug, 6 connection tips+ US$11.00
Power Supply 3-12V DC, US/UK/Euro/AU Plugs, 100-240VAC+ US$13.00
Bootable microSD Card with Debian Linux Image for A13-OLinuXino+ US$14.50
4.3-inch LCD for A13/A20 OLinuXino, 480x272, with Touch Screen+ US$49.50
7-inch LCD for A13/A20 OLinuXino, 800x480+ US$63.00
7-inch LCD for A13/A20 OLinuXino, 800x480, with Touch Screen+ US$95.89
Frame Kit for 7" LCDs, e.g. Olimex A13-LCD7+ US$7.55
2x20 (40-pin) 0.1+ US$8.52
USB WiFi Adapter, RT5370, 802.11b/g/n, 150Mbps+ US$8.95
USB WiFi Adapter, RT5370, 802.11b/g/n, 150Mbps, External Antenna+ US$11.45
USB WiFi Dongle, 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n, for A13-OLinuXino+ US$12.00
USB-to-Ethernet Dongle, AX88772B, 10/100Mbps, for OLinuXino+ US$14.50
3G Modem USB Stick, HSUPA/HSDPA/WCDMA, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, microSD+ US$21.00
2-pin Female JST Connector, 2mm pitch, with 5-inch Wires+ US$0.95
White Earphones with 3.5mm Stereo Connector+ US$5.00

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 03 January, 2013.

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