Low Cost Linux boards in India

I wanted to move from the microcontroller world to the world of Embedded linux, So was searching for cheap ARM Linux development boards to start with. While wandering in the web i chose some ARM based boards which are available easily for buying in India,


Cubie board:

The Cubie board is a small board made for hardware hacking with a high end Cortex A8 ARM processor. Available for purchase locally in India.

Features :

  • 1G ARM cortex-A8 processor, NEON, VFPv3, 256KB L2 cache
  • Mali400, OpenGL ES GPU
  • 1GB DDR3 @480MHz
  • HDMI 1080p Output
  • 10/100M Ethernet, optional WiFi
  • 4GB NAND Flash
  • 2 x USB Host, 1 x MicroSD slot, 1 x SATA, 1 x IR sensor
  • 96 extend pin interface, including I2C, SPI, RGB/LVDS, CSI/TS, FM-IN, ADC, CVBS, VGA, SPDIF-OUT, R-TP, and more
  • Official Android distribution available (not pre-installed), Linux, with Android Playstore support*
  • Requires regulated 5VDC 2A power supply with a 4.0mm(ext. diameter) x 1.7mm (int. diameter) barrel plug 

Cubie board is available for purchase in India at Digibay website for Rs. 4499 /-


Beagle Bone Black : 

The original Beagle bone board is back in Black with new improvements and cost reductions.

Here are the new Beagle bone black features :

  • AM335x 1GHz ARM® Cortex-A8 processor
  • 3D graphics accelerator
  • NEON floating-point accelerator
  • 2x PRU 32-bit microcontrollers
  • USB client for power & debug USB host
  • Ethernet HDMI 2x 46 pin headers
  • Angström
  • Linux
  • Android
  • Ubuntu
  • Cloud9 IDE on Node.js w/ BoneScript library plus much more

Beagle bone black is available for purchase in India at element 14 website for Rs. 3380/-

Beagle bone black is avialaible for purchase in India at Tenet tech website for Rs. 3300/- 


Beagle Bone board: 

This board comes with a 720 MHz Super-scaler ARM Cortex A8 processor manufatured by Texas instruments. Beagle bone comes packed with a

  • 256MB RAM,
  • USB,
  • Ethernet support,
  • SD CARD.

This board is a made specifically for hardware hacking, so the manufacturer has left out most of the processor pins accessible by connectors.

Beagle bone is available for order @ element14 website at the price of Rs 7,181/-       


Beagle board:

This board is built to give a laptop like performance and comes with a 1 GHz Super-scaler ARM Cortex A8 processor manufatured by Texas instruments. Beagle board comes packed with a

  • 512MB RAM,
  • USB,
  • Ethernet,
  • S-Video,
  • Camera port,
  • Stereo IN/OUT,
  • micro SD CARD slot,
  • LCD expansion.

Beagle board is available for buying @ NSK electronics website at the price of Rs 9,500/-  


Mini2440 | S3C2440 AMR9 Board by Friendly ARM:

  • 400 MHz Samsung S3C2440A ARM920T (max freq. 533 MHz)
  • 64 MB SDRAM, 32 bit Bus
  • 64 MB / 128 MB / 256 MB / 1GB NAND Flash and 2 MB NOR Flash with BIOS
  • 256 Byte EEPROM (I2C)
  • SD-Card socket
  • DB9 connector (RS232), total: 3 serial port connectors
  • USB
  • 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • Condenser microphone with connector
  • Ethernet
  • CR1220 Real Time Clock with battery
  • PWM buzzer
  • 20 pin (2.0 mm) Camera interface
  • 41 pin (1.0 mm) connector for FriendlyARM Displays and VGA Board
  • 4 wire resistive touchscreen interface
  • 6 push buttons and 1 A/D pot
  • 4 LEDs

This board is avaialble for buying at NSK Electronics website at the price of Rs 7800/-    


RASPBERRY PI:

The RASPBERRY PI is the cheapest ARM11  powered linux capable single board computer board you will ever find. This board runs an ARM11 processor @700MHz and comes with a 512 Mega Bytes of RAM memory. Here are the features of the board,

  • 512MB SDRAM,
  • Ethernet, USB,
  • HDMI,
  • LINUX FEDORA OS,
  • ARM 11 processor @700MHz
  • BCM2835 SoC based chipset

 

RASPBERRY PI model B is available for purchase at element14.com website at the price of  Rs.2750/-

RASPBERRY PI kit is also available for purchase from Tenet technotronics at the price of Rs.4000/- 


A13-OLINUXINO: 

Its a development board by Olimex powered by the A13 processor from Allwinner technology from China. Here are the features of the board,

  • A13 Cortex A8 processor at 1GHz, 3D Mali400 GPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 6-16VDC input power supply, noise immune design
  • 3 + 1 USB hosts, 3 available for users, 1 leads to onboard pinout
  • 1 USB OTG which can power the board
  • SD-card connector for booting the Linux image
  • VGA video output
  • LCD signals available on connector so you still can use LCD if you diasble VGA/HDMI
  • Audio output
  • Microphone input
  • RTC PCF8536 on board for real time clock and alarms
  • 5 Keys on board for android navigation
  • UEXT connector for connecting addtional UEXT modules like Zigbee, Bluetooth, Relays, etc
  • GPIO connector with 68/74 pins and these signals
  • Optional low-cost 7" LCD with touchscreen
  • 17 for adding NAND flash;
  • 22 for connecting LCDs;
  • 20+4 including 8 GPIOs which can be input, output, interrupt sources;
  • 3x I2C;
  • 2x UARTs;
  • SDIO2 for connectinf SDcards and modules;
  • 5 system pins: +5V, +3.3V, GND, RESET, NMI

This board is available for purchase from Tenet technetronics India at the price of Rs. 4652 /- 


IMX233-OLINUXINO-MICRO:

This mini development board is based on the Freescales i.mx233 processor from freescale semiconductors.

Here are the features of the board,

  • iMX233 ARM926J processor at 454Mhz
  • 64 MB RAM
  • SD-card connector for booting the Linux image
  • TV PAL/NTSC video output
  • 1 USB High Speed Host
  • three Buttons
  • 2x30 pin GPIO for connection of other hardware
  • PCB dimensions: 3.00'' x 1.70'' (76.2mm x 43.2mm)
  • Nominal dimensions: 3.40'' x 1.70'' (86.4mm x 43.2mm)

This board is available for purchase from Tenet tech website India at the price of Rs. 2481 /- 


IMX233-OLINUXINO-MINI:  

The board is the mini version of the Olinuxino board mentioned above. Here are the features of this mini linux board

  • iMX233 ARM926J processor at 454Mhz
  • 64 MB RAM
  • SD-card connector for booting the Linux image
  • TV PAL/NTSC video output
  • 3 USB High Speed Host
  • optional WIFI RTL8188CU module
  • Stereo Audio Input
  • Stereo Headphones Audio Output
  • two Buttons
  • UEXT connector for connection of different peripherial modules
  • 40 pin GPIO for connection of other hardware
  • Board is in shape for fit inside Pactec JM42 plastic box
  • Power supply input 6-16VDC
  • PCB dimensions: 3.70'' x 2.15'' (94.0mm x 54.6mm)
  • Nominal dimensions: 3.70'' x 2.65'' (94.0mm x 67.3mm)

This board is available for buying @Tenet tech website at the price of Rs. 3435 /- 


 WANDBOARD SOLO :

The Wandboard is a Freescale i.MX6 Cortex-A9 -Solo processor based board and comes with a 1Ghz processor,512MB DDR3 RAM, HDMI display interface and ethernet.

  • Freescale i.MX6 Solo Cores Cortex-A9 Single core processor
  • 512 MB DDR3 RAM memory
  • Audio
  • Optical S/PDIF
  • HDMI
  • Camera interface
  • 2 no's- micro SD cardslot
  • Serial port
  • Expansion Header
  • USB, USB OTG
  • Not populated SATA connector
  • Gigabit LAN 

 

Wandboard is available for buying @Tenet tech website at the price of Rs. 6999 /-


WANDBOARD DUALITE : 

Wandboard Dualite comes packed with the new Freescale i.MX6 Cortec-A9 Dualite dual core processor and 1GB of DDR3 RAM memory.  

  • Freescale i.MX6 Duallite Cores Cortex-A9 Dual core processor
  • 1 GB DDR3 RAM memory
  • Audio
  • Optical S/PDIF
  • HDMI
  • Camera interface
  • micro SD cardslot-2 nos
  • Serial port
  • Expansion Header
  • USB, USB OTG
  • Not Populated SATA connector
  • Gigabit LAN
  • WiFi (802.11n)
  • Bluetooth

 

Wandboard is available for buying @Tenet tech website at the price of Rs. 9999 /-


 AT91RM9200 board:

Atmel ARM9 based development board running @ 180MHz comes packed with,

  • 16MB NOR flash,
  • 32MB NAND flash,
  • 32MB SDRAM,
  • Ethernet, USB,
  • UART,
  • CAN,
  • LCD,
  • SDCARD,
  • LED's,
  • Switches.

This board is available for order at RhydolabZ website at the price of Rs 8,999/- 


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