LinkSprite pcDuino3 Nano
|LinkSprite pcDuino3 Nano|
|Dimensions||96mm x 64mm x 20mm|
|Release Date||September 2014|
|Website||Device Product Page|
|SoC||A20 @ 1Ghz|
|DRAM||1GiB DDR3 @ 408MHz (K4B4G1646Q-HYK0)|
|NAND||4GB MLC NAND (H27UBG8T2BTR-BC)|
|Power||DC 5V @ 2A (micro-usb)|
|Video||HDMI (Type A - full)|
|Audio||3.5mm headphone plug, HDMI|
|Network||10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet (Realtek RTL8211E)|
|USB||2 USB2.0 Host, 1 microUSB2.0 OTG|
The LinkSprite pcDuino v3 Nano is an A20 development board with Arduino-compatible headers.
A white, credit-card-sized PCB with an A20 chip. "PCDUINO_NANO" is marked on the board to the right of the A20.
Fully supported by the upstream U-Boot and kernel, and the legacy kernel; it's not supported by the legacy U-Boot.
You can build things for yourself by following our Manual build howto and by choosing from the configurations available below.
Use the Linksprite_pcDuino3_Nano build target.
Use the linksprite_pcduino3_nano.fex file.
Use the sun7i-a20-pcduino3-nano.dtb device-tree binary.
Tips, Tricks, Caveats
SATA power connector
The pcDuino3 Nano's SATA power connector uses a JST XH 2.5mm header, and is compatible with the Cubieboard. It's not compatible with the Banana Pi/Pro/M1+ and Orange Pi, where 5V and GND are inverted.
The "UBOOT" button triggers FEL mode.
The pcDuino3 Nano provides Arduino-style 0.1" connectors.
Not all Arduino shields will be compatible with this board, for several reasons:
- The GPIOs operate at 3.3V rather than 5V.
- The analogue input pins on a real Arduino can also be configured as GPIOs; here they can only be inputs.
- The larger-than-standard PCB size and the position of the UART0 connector means some shields won't physically fit.
|8||0.1uF capacitor to GND|
Adding a serial port
Locating the UARTs
The pcDuino3 Nano provides access to four (and a half) of the A20's UARTs. See the UART howto for more details.
The 3-pin header labelled "UART" sticking out from the side of the board is the A20's UART0. Pin 1 (with a square pad, closest to the IR receiver) is RX, pin 2 is ground, pin 3 is TX.
UART2, UART5 and UART6 (RX/TX), as well as UART4 (RX only) are available on the Arduino connectors. UART2 is in the standard place for an Arduino UART.
Note that the labelling in LinkSprite's diagram is a bit confusing -- UART2 is described from the A20's point of view but UART0 from the serial cable's point of view, i.e. RX and TX are reversed for UART0.
The pcDuino3 Nano Lite is a version with no flash memory (NAND) and without IR receiver.
Also known as
This device has not been rebadged.
- LinkSprite pcDuino
- LinkSprite pcDuino2
- LinkSprite pcDuino3
- Diagram of pcDuino v3 Nano connectors and header pinouts
- LinkSprite's pcDuino kernel repository on GitHub
- pcDuino3 Nano ubuntu and android images
- Armbian's working fex file for the pcDuino3 Nano derived from the one shipped with Linksprite's Linux images
The most important modification is in the GMAC driver, to set the GMAC_TX_DELAY parameter to 3. This adjusts the relative timing of the clock and data signals to the PHY in order to compensate for differing trace lengths on the PCB (details; the Banana Pi has the same problem). Without this modification, the Ethernet port will work at 100Mbit but not at 1000Mbit. Upstream U-Boot now sets this parameter itself, so the kernel patch isn't needed any more (patch).
In the meantime Armbian also supports the pcDuino3 Nano with Debian Wheezy, Jessie or Ubuntu Trusty and with both kernel 3.4.x and 4.1.x (including SoC temp fixes).