IBOX review (Part 2 – software)

I’ve been playing with this IBOX for about a week now, and I’ve come to know it quite well. I’m going to try and avoid using this entire review to explain how to load a firmware image because that has been covered 100 times before – it’s boring, I don’t need to repeat it 🙂 On the off chance that you haven’t come across one of those 100 other times, I’ll go over the set-up briefly. AllWinner SoCs (including the A20 in this case) are hard-coded to first look for an operating system on an SD card, then they look […]

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. 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: […]

IBOX review (Part 1 – hardware)

Introducing the IBOX, by Itead Studio: I was lucky enough to receive an “engineering sample” of the IBOX to take for a test-drive. All of the images in this post link to full-resolution versions if you would like to take a closer look. The IBOX is essentially an Allwinner A20 development platform, much like the Cubieboard 2 or the OLinuXino or the now unavailable Marsboard and various others. It features the dual-core A20 processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB NAND flash, a dual colour LED connected to GPIO, an infrared receiver, a micro SD card slot, 4x USB ports (of which one supports OTG), and […]