Boardcon announced a quad-core compact board based on Allwinner A31s

Ultra compact embedded board built around the Allwinner A31s quad-core phablet processor, custom low power companion PMIC, powerful Multimedia.

Compact 31s
Compact 31s
Compact 31S
Compact 31S

Boardcon Embedded Design, an Original Design Manufacturer dedicated to providing high quality ARM core based industrial Computer-on-Module and Single Board Computer, announced the launch of its latest quad-core card size board Compact 31S, an ultra compact board built around the Allwinner A31S phablet processor.

The Allwinner A31s is a power efficient processor based on ARM Cortex-A7 CPU architecture and adopted by many tablet PC manufacturers, such as Ramos K1, HP Compaq 7, MSI Primo81, Onda V819mini. Coupled with PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU with eight logic core, it enables powerful 3D computing capability as well as excellent UI experience.

On the Compact 31S, the A31s SoC is accompanied by 2Gb of soldered DDR3 RAM, 4GB of eMMC flash, and a rear-mounted microSD slot. The board is further equipped with HDMI 1.4 and VGA ports, as well as a capacitive touch-enabled LCD interface. The SBC provides HD resolution up to 1280 x 800 pixels, decode video up to 2160p, and encode video up to 1080p, says Boardcon.

The Compact 31S offers a USB 2.0 host and a micro-USB 2.0 OTG port, as well as a gigabit Ethernet port. WiFi is optional via a module located on the back of the board, and a 3G dongle can be added via USB. A CMOS camera interface is also listed as an option.

The SBC provides an IrDA remote interface, as well as audio I/O and volume and menu buttons. Other features include a 20-pin GPIO connector, a Real Time Clock, and a reset button. A PMIC has been added to improve power efficiency on the 5V/2A board, which supports an optional battery.

Specifications listed for the Compact 31S include:

• Processor — Allwinner A31s (4x Cortex-A7 cores @ 1GHz); PowerVR SGX-544 MP2 GPU

• Memory — 2Gb soldered DDR3-1866 RAM; 4GB eMMC flash

• Storage expansion — MicroSD slot

• Display:

o HDMI 1.4 port at up to 1080p, 30fps

o LCD (40-pin FPC interface) with capacitive touch support

o VGA port at up to 1280 x 800 pixels

• Wireless — Optional WiFi and USB-based 3G

• Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port

• Other I/O:

o USB 2.0 host port

o Micro-USB 2.0 OTG port

o Audio I/O

o 20-pin GPIO connector

• Other features:

o Optional CMOS camera interface

o RTC (ext. battery)

o 3x user buttons (volume +/-, menu)

o Reset button

o IR remote control

• Power — 5V 2A input; PMIC; battery connector

• Dimensions — 92 x 65mm

• Operating system — Android 4.2.2 preinstalled (based on Linux 3.3)

Compact 31S is provided with full ready-to-run Android4.2.2 packages and comprehensive documentation. It is an ideal development platform for experimenting and realizing "low cost" embedded applications

More information may be found at Compact 31S product page.