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CubieBoard

The CubieBoard is a small Allwinner A10 based device. It has a very competitive price point and is therefore similar to the Raspberry Pi, however a lot more powerfu.

Technical Data

  • 1GHz ARM cortex-A8 processor, NEON, VFPv3, 256KB L2 cache
  • Mali400, OpenGL ES GPU
  • 1GB DDR3 @480MHz
  • HDMI 1080p Output
  • 10/100M Ethernet
  • 4Gb Nand Flash
  • 2 USB Host, 1 micro SD slot, 1 SATA, 1 ir
  • 96 extend pin including I2C, SPI, RGB/LVDS, CSI/TS, FM-IN, ADC, CVBS, VGA, SPDIF-OUT, R-TP..

Installing the openSUSE 12.3 Image

The openSUSE image currently uses a Linux 3.4 based downstream kernel. There is work in progress to have patches in vanilla tree, and once we have an image based we'll switch to that one.

  1. Download the latest image at http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/ARM:/12.3:/Contrib:/sunxi/images/ and choose between:
    1. JeOS image for a minimal system openSUSE-12.3-ARM-JeOS-cubieboard-*.raw.xz or
    2. XFCE image for a graphical system openSUSE-12.3-ARM-XFCE-cubieboard-*.raw.xz
  2. As root extract the image onto your SD-Card (replace sdX with the device name of your SD-Card). WARNING: all previous data on the SD-Card will be lost.
     xzcat [image].raw.xz | dd bs=4M of=/dev/sdX; sync
  3. Insert the SD-Card with the openSUSE image into your CubieBoard.
  4. Connect the CubieBoard to your PC via serial port.
  5. Connect the CubieBoard to your monitor via DVI or HDMI. (optional)
  6. Power on the CubieBoard.
  7. Walk through the first boot steps on the serial console.
  8. Have a lot of fun...