IBOX review (Part 1.5 – update)

This is just a quick update, as I’ve been playing with the IBOX a lot and have discovered some interesting things.

Header pin-out

Firstly, as you can see this is the pin-out of the expansion header. The keen-eyed might have noticed that this is not the same as the one found on the IndieGoGo page. The top and bottom rows of pins have been swapped. This could cause much frustration, and I am surprised that I didn’t pick up on this sooner since I’ve been using the serial port successfully. I have notified Itead, so this should be fixed in future documentation.
UPDATE: This has been amended.

In light of this, a suggestion would be to have a pin 1 indicator printed on the box. Perhaps I’ll make my own mark with model paint.

Secondly, I have started documenting the device at the linux-sunxi wiki. Hopefully, as more people with different skills get their hands on the IBOX, this will help development. I will eventually generate a .fex file specific to the IBOX. Like I’ve said before, the IBOX is fundamentally nearly identical to the Cubieboard2. The presentation and some of the IO are different, but that’s all. The mature community around the Cubieboard2 will definitely help kickstart things with the IBOX.

The IBOX does, however, have an SDK with the intention of enabling Arduino-like code to be written to control the peripherals. Again, this will work well on the Cubieboard2 and friends as well, but more on this in the next post.