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The pcDuino3 packs the same power than a mini-PC, a high-performance and worthwhile card running on whole operating systems such as Ubuntu and Android. You can also take advantages of the numerous programming languages it supports such as C, C++, Java, Python, Arduino and others. Don't forget to add Arduino shields in order to increase its hardware capacity. DISCONTINUED ARTICLE.
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An introduction to the pcDuino3

The pcDuino3 (PCDUINOV3) is similar to a computer, but requires just a 5V (2A) power supply, a keyboard, a mouse, and a screen to work. You can even use USB On-The-Go to connect remotely. You can connect to your network with either the WiFi module or the Ethernet jack to save data, use your own web server, or control devices remotely. This most powerful of the pcDuino boards uses an A20 dual-core processor, making it one of the most powerful single-board computers (SBC) on the market.

The pcDuino3 has some impressive features, including an infrared receiver, a SATA host socket, USB On-The-Go, an LVDS (low-voltage differential signalling) LCD interface, an MIPI camera interface, a 3.5 mm audio output, a header for the battery, WiFi, Ethernet, and more besides. If you’re looking for one of the best development kit boards, look no further.

An API (application programming interface) has been developed for the pcDuino3 that gives users access to all the functions you might expect using the simple Arduino-type language. In addition, images of the Android and Ubuntu systems are available in the resources below.

There is also a video introducing the pcDuino3:

Features of the pcDuino3 (PCDUINOV3)

  • Dimensions: 121 mm x 65 mm
  • CPU: AllWinner A20 SoC, 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A7, Dual Core
  • GPU: OpenGL ES2.0, OpenVG 1.1, Mali 400 Dual Core
  • DRAM: 1 GB
  • On-board storage: 4 GB Flash, microSD card (TF) slot for up to 32 GB
  • Arduino-style headers
  • HDMI output with HDCP support
  • SATA port
  • Infrared receiver
  • Li-Poly battery interface
  • LVDS LCD interface
  • MIPI camera interface
  • Audio output: 3.5 mm analogue audio & I2S stereo digital audio interface
  • USB: port and USB On-The-Go
  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 and Android ICS 4.2
  • GPIO headers spaced 0.1” apart
  • RJ45 Ethernet connection and built-in WiFi module
  • Supply: 2A–5V DC
  • Access to APIs through the following interfaces:
    • UART
    • ADC
    • PWM
    • GPIO
    • I2C
    • SPI
  • Programmable in:
    • C, C++ with GNU tool chain
    • Java with Android SDK
    • Python

Resources for the pcDuino3

The following links will help you get started with the pcDuino3:

Schematic of the pcDuino3

Schematic of the pcDuino3

pcDuino3 product page

pcDuino3 tutorial

pcDuino3 quick start guides

pcDuino3 OS images and hardware

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