Allwinner A1X

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One of many single-board computers that are based on the Allwinner A10 SoC.

The Allwinner A1X, known under Linux[clarification needed] as sunxi, is a family of single-core SoC devices designed by Allwinner Technology from Zhuhai, China. Currently the family consists of the A10,[1] A13,[2] A10s[3] and A12. The SoCs incorporate the ARM Cortex-A8 as their main processor[4] and the Mali 400 as the GPU.

The Allwinner A1X is known for its ability to boot GNU/Linux distributions such as Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, and other ARM architecture-capable distributions from an SD card, in addition to the Android OS usually installed on the flash memory of the device.

A1x Features[edit]

A generic tablet based on the Allwinner A13 core.

Video acceleration

  • HD video decoding (up to Super HD 2160p/3D Film)
  • Supports popular video codecs, including VP8, AVS, H.264 MVC, VC-1, and MPEG-1/2/4[citation needed]
  • HD Video Encoding (H.264 High Profile)
  • Supports encoding in H.264 format

Display controller

Memory

Connectivity

Storage and boot devices

Implementations[edit]

Many manufacturers have adopted the Allwinner A1X for use in devices running the Android operating system and the Linux operating System. The Allwinner A1X is used in tablet computers, set-top boxes, PC-on-a-stick, mini-PCs, and single-board computers.

Operating System support[edit]

Linux support[edit]

The Allwinner A1X kernel source code is available at GitHub.[7] At the moment, stable support is limited to 3.0.x and 3.4.x kernels. There is also a branch with experimental support for 3.10.x kernels.[when?]

FreeBSD support[edit]

There is a work in progress on support Efika on FreeBSD. At the moment, not all on-board peripherals are working.[8][when?]

Documentation[edit]

No factory sourced programmers manual is publicly available for the A10S CPU at this moment.

Allwinner A-Series[edit]

Apart from the single-core A1x (A10/A13/A10s/A12), two new more powerful Cortex-A7 Allwinner SoCs have been released by Allwinner, the A10-pin-compatible dual-core Allwinner A20, and the quad-core Allwinner A31.[9]

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