The A13-SOM-512 is a small System-on-Module board that is capable of running Linux (Debian, OpenWRT). It measures only 61 × 33 mm, requires just one 3.3V power supply and consumes about 200 mA.
The module contains the Allwinner A13 ARM Cortex-A8 processor, power management, 512MB DDR3 memory, a microSD card slot, and a UART console header. All A13 signals are brought out to four 0.05"-pitch female connectors for attachment to your own system or to the A13-SOM-WIFI-4GB, which provides an LCD interface, a mini-USB interface, a WiFi module, and 4GB NAND Flash that makes running Android possible.
A13 SoC Module Features
- A13 Cortex-A8 processor running at 1 GHz
- 512MB DDR3 memory
- Power managment DC/DC
- MicroSD card slot
- UART console header
- Four connectors 0.05" step — two each 2×5 and 2×20
- Status LEDs
- RESET and RECOVERY buttons
Creating a complete, working system
- Purchase this A13-SOM-512 module, the A13-SOM-WIFI-4GB, the A13-LCD7-TS LCD with touch screen (or other size; see all A13-LCDs), a 2×20-pin IDC cable and optionally the LCD7-FRAMEKIT.
- Download the A13-SOM-512 Debian Linux Image and follow the instructions for writing it to a bootable microSD card.
Note: If you choose a display other than the 7-inch, refer the bottom section of those instructions to learn how to set it up for the other LCD sizes. Also, the suggested Win32 Disk Imager may not work properly on 64-bit Windows 7 and Windows 8; try using SD Imager instead on those platforms.
- As an alternative to Linux, download the A13-SOM-512 Android Image which can be written to the NAND Flash of the A13-SOM-WIFI-4GB. (Android image requires the 7-inch LCD.)
A13 SoC Module Resources
Only the first of the options shown below actually connects to this module! The other options connect to that expansion board (apart from the LCD Frame Kit which of course is for mounting the LCD). They are all listed here for convenience of ordering.
Instead of connecting a mini-USB cable from the expansion board to your PC for powering, you might consider the 5V, 1A or 5V, 2A power supplies that have a USB connection, so you can instead run a mini-USB cable from the expansion board to either of those wall-mount supplies.
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