The Cubieboard is a single-board computer, which was presented as an open- source project in September 2012 and will be sold since October 2012. A special feature of the system is to be ( in this performance class unusual ) SATA connector. The operating system Android is preinstalled in the Flash memory, alternatively various customized Linux distributions can be used.
The concept is in terms of the used ARM processors running at 1 GHz clock frequency, but the memory and interface equipment is more powerful than the common, comparable Raspberry Pi, the computer only significantly shorter time on the market, which is why the software availability is even lower. There are already three versions, Cubieboard, Cubieboard2 and Cubieboard3 (also called Cubietruck ) that are equipped with ascending number of efficient or better. The Cubieboard3, in contrast to the other models and Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, a TOSLINK optical audio output, a VGA port and a real time clock.
The used single-chip systems of type Allwinner centers, each a microprocessor ( the Allwinner A20 with two processor cores ) with ARM technology as well as two graphic units (GPU and VPU ). These are so powerful that video signals according to the new Ultra HD standard ( 2160p, also known as 4K ) are likely to be decoded, which four times the resolution of the currently current Full HD ( 1080p) corresponds.
- 3.1 Cubieboard2
- 3.2 Cubietruck / Cubieboard3
The following table lists the specifications of the Cubieboards on:
Even the power of the original Cubieboards is - compared to Raspberry Pi (Model B) and the Arduino Due - higher. The - compared to the SD card - faster internal flash memory and a GB of main memory, combined with the Cortex-A8 1 GHz CPU clock to a higher computing power.
By default, an Android operating system is preinstalled in the internal NAND flash memory. Alternatively, you can install these flash memory and another operating system such as Lubuntu, the other is the possibility of inserting a MicroSD card with an appropriate operating system. Here, you can choose between Android, Lubuntu and Cubian, a Debian distribution.
The Cubieboard continues to be developed by the Cubieboard project; as a successor since June 2013, the Cubieboard2 available, in October 2013, the Cubieboard3 ( Cubietruck ) is sold.
Since June 2013, the Cubieboard2 is available, which can be distinguished by a faster processor of the first version. The AllWinner A20 contains two ARM Cortex- A7 cores and improved Mali - 400P2 - GPU that supports OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1 dominated. Otherwise, the board is unchanged.
Cubietruck / Cubieboard3
The Cubietruck (also Cubieboard3 ) is an improved variant of the Cubieboard, which was tested in September 2013 and sold since the end of October 2013. As an accessory, an acrylic housing with screws, SATA cable and USB cable is included.
The Cubietruck also based on Allwinner A20 CPU ( dual-core 1GHz clock frequency with each, Mali - 400MP2 GPU), but comes with up to 2GB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, VGA port, RTC, SPDIF TOSLINK and over a Gigabit Ethernet port. It has only 54 connection pins compared to the 96 of the previous models, it accounted for LVDS.