HCL:NanoPi Neo Air

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The FriendlyARM NanoPi NEO Air is a single-board computer, a close relative of the NanoPi NEO.

NanoPi NEO Air (real size: 40x40mm)

Technical details

  • Allwinner H3 SoC
    • 4x ARM Cortex-A7 CPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Micro SD
  • Storage: 8GB eMMC
  • WiFi: 802.11b/g/n (Ampak AP6212)
  • Bluetooth: 4.0 dual mode
  • 1x USB 2.0 host, 1x USB OTG

Writing a disk image to the SD card

  1. Download the image you want (Leap is stable, Tumbleweed is rolling) from here:
    This image uses the Tumbleweed kernel and userspace, but a u-boot-nanopineoair package not yet in Tumbleweed.
    JeOS image

    If the direct links above do not work for you, please check the general download directory for the images.

  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. Check first if the device you have selected is really your SD card!
     xzcat [image].raw.xz | dd bs=4M of=/dev/sdX iflag=fullblock oflag=direct; sync
  3. Insert the SD card with the openSUSE image into your board.
  4. Connect the board to your PC via serial port (optional, but helpful for debugging; USB-TTL serial cable needed).
  5. Connect the board to your monitor (via DVI/HDMI, optional).
  6. Power on the board.
  7. Walk through the first boot steps.
  8. Ethernet is configured to request an IP via DHCP, check your DHCP server for the board IP if used.
  9. Have a lot of fun...
Default login is root:linux, works on serial console, via ssh, GUI.

2017/03/11 status

I have openSUSE Tumbleweed running, wifi is working, LEDs are working. I think the DTB file needs definitions for the RTC, ntpd cannot sync the clock.


Currently the openSUSE Tumbleweed JeOS image does not boot, as the u-boot on the NanoPi Neo Air does not support EFI boot. Instead, it will default to booting the FriendlyCore from the eMMC flash. Updating using eFlasher to the current u-boot and FriendlyCore does not help. The NanoPi Neo appliance with openSUSE Leap15.0 does boot and is relatively easy to upgrade to get the Wifi interface to work.

Appliances: download.opensuse.org

See also