Xunlong Orange Pi Plus 2E

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Xunlong Orange Pi Plus 2E
Orange Pi Plus 2E top small.jpg
Manufacturer OrangePi
Dimensions 108mm x 67mm
Release Date May 2016
Website Orange Pi Plus 2E Product Page
Specifications
SoC H3 @ 1.3GHz[1]
DRAM 2GiB DDR3 @ 672MHz (H5TC4G83AFR-PBA)
NAND 16GB eMMC Flash (KLMAG2GEND-B031)
Power DC 5V @ 3A (4.0mm/1.7mm barrel plug - centre positive)
Features
Video HDMI (HDCP, CEC), CVBS
Audio 3.5 mm Jack, HDMI, Microphone
Network 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet (Realtek RTL8211E), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (Realtek RTL8189FTV)
Storage µSD, eMMC
USB 3 USB 2.0 Host, 1 µUSB 2.0 OTG
Other CIR

This page needs to be properly filled according to the New Device Howto and the New Device Page guide.

Contents

Identification

The PCB has the following silkscreened on it:

Orange Pi
Plus 2E V1.1


Sunxi support

Current status

The H3 and Orange Pi Plus 2E support is progressing nicely. It is possible to find a usable mainline 4.x kernel (plus some patches) and a legacy 3.4 kernel in various work-in-progress git branches. See the Manual build section for more details.


Manual build

You can build things for yourself by following our Manual build howto and by choosing from the configurations available below.

U-Boot

Mainline U-Boot

Use the orangepi_plus2e (supported since v2016.09) build target.

The H3 boards can boot from SD, NAND or NOR flash (if available), and via FEL using the OTG USB port. In U-Boot, loading the kernel is also supported from USB or ethernet (netboot). HDMI support in U-Boot is still WIP.

Linux Kernel

Sunxi/Legacy Kernel

The 3.4 kernel from the official Allwinner's git repository does not support H3 yet. But it is possible to use one of the kernel forks, based on the lichee H3 SDK tarball:

Configure this kernel using sun8i_h3_defconfig, the rest is explained in the kernel compilation guide.

Use the .fex file for generating script.bin. Use the xunlong_orange_pi_plus_2e.fex or Armbian's preliminary fex file for the Plus 2E containing performance/thermal fixes for dvfs_table and cooler_table.

When booting the legacy 3.4 kernel with the mainline U-Boot, add the following line to boot.cmd:

  setenv machid 1029
  setenv bootm_boot_mode sec

Some other legacy kernel repositories:

Mainline kernel

The H3 SoC has decent support in mainline kernels. For cpufreq, thermal, ethernet, and HDMI, a) third party patches or b) a pre-patched distro (e.g. Armbian) is needed. The ethernet support was planned for kernel 4.13 but it was eventually reverted due to DT stability issues (will be fixed later), although the ethernet port is already accessible with U-Boot.

The development process, links to patches and links to kernel fork repositories are listed on the Linux mainlining effort page. Patches can also be found from the arm-linux mailing list.

Repositories with H3 patches (some already outdated):


Use the sun8i-h3-orangepi-plus2e.dtb device-tree binary.

Expansion Port

The Orange Pi Plus 2E has a Raspberry Pi model B+ compatible 40-pin, 0.1" connector with several low-speed interfaces.

2x20 Header
1 3.3V 2 5V
3 PA12 (TWI0_SDA/DI_RX/PA_EINT12) 4 5V
5 PA11 (TWI0_SCK/DI_TX/PA_EINT11) 6 GND
7 PA6 (SIM_PWREN/PWM1/PA_EINT6) 8 PA13 (SPI1_CS/UART3_TX/PA_EINT13)
9 GND 10 PA14 (SPI1_CLK/UART3_RX/PA_EINT14)
11 PA1 (UART2_RX/JTAG_CK/PA_EINT1) 12 PD14
13 PA0 (UART2_TX/JTAG_MS/PA_EINT0) 14 GND
15 PA3 (UART2_CTS/JTAG_DI/PA_EINT3) 16 PC4
17 3.3V 18 PC7
19 PC0 (SPI0_MOSI) 20 GND
21 PC1 (SPI0_MISO) 22 PA2 (UART2_RTS/JTAG_DO/PA_EINT2)
23 PC2 (SPI0_CLK) 24 PC3 (SPI0_CS)
25 GND 26 PA21 (PCM0_DIN/SIM_VPPPP/PA_EINT21)
27 PA19 (PCM0_CLK/TWI1_SDA/PA_EINT19) 28 PA18 (PCM0_SYNC/TWI1_SCK/PA_EINT18)
29 PA7 (SIM_CLK/PA_EINT7) 30 GND
31 PA8 (SIM_DATA/PA_EINT8) 32 PG8 (UART1_RTS/PG_EINT8)
33 PA9 (SIM_RST/PA_EINT9) 34 GND
35 PA10 (SIM_DET/PA_EINT10) 36 PG9 (UART1_CTS/PG_EINT9)
37 PA20 (PCM0_DOUT/SIM_VPPEN/PA_EINT20) 38 PG6 (UART1_TX/PG_EINT6)
39 GND 40 PG7 (UART1_RX/PG_EINT7)

Tips, Tricks, Caveats

FEL mode

The FEL button between microphone and UART header triggers FEL mode.

Compatibility

The Plus 2E is somehow a hybrid between Orange Pi PC and Orange Pi Plus 2. It shares the USB setup with the PC (not using an internal USB hub and no USB-to-SATA bridge) and exposes all 3 USB hosts ports as well as the USB OTG directly on USB receptacles without the need to share bandwidth. And with the Plus 2 it shares type/amount of DRAM and onboard eMMC storage, Gigabit Ethernet and the board size. Like all larger Orange Pi boards the SY8106A voltage regulator is used allowing fine grained control of the VDD_CPUX core voltage.

Regarding software compatiblity all that's needed are slight modifications to fex file or device tree (using USB stuff from PC and Ethernet from Plus/Plus 2) and then every available H3 OS image can be used. The eMMC is already populated with Android.

Like on Orange Pi PC Plus and Orange Pi Lite the formerly used 8189ETV WiFi module has been replaced with an onboard 8189FTV solution. The available driver has to be build differently, needs some fixes and shows currently the behaviour that it chooses a different MAC address on every reboot.


DRAM clock speed limit

MBOX icon important.png WARNING: For yet unknown reasons the lima-memtester tool does not work as designed on the Plus 2E (no spinning cube therefore no heavy load so currently it's just a memtester without lima so the results below are worthless and tests have to be repeated when the tool has been fixed).

DRAM is clocked at 672 MHz by the hardware vendor. But the reliability still needs to be verified. One of the ways of doing reliability tests may be https://github.com/ssvb/lima-memtester/releases/tag/20151207-orange-pi-pc-fel-test (developed for Orange Pi PC). An adoption of this using fex files suited for Orange Pi Plus 2E is available here (md5sum: ca8b910a5f60bbd11781423e8ade59fd fel-boot-lima-memtester-on-orange-pi-h3-v3.tar.bz2). Use the fel-boot-lima-memtester-on-orange-pi-plus-2e script inside.

Since the board features an Android populated eMMC the procedure to run lima-memtester through FEL is as follows: eject SD card, connect OTG cable to your host, press the FEL button, then provide power through barrel plug or GPIO pins, then start the fel-boot-lima-memtester-on-orange-pi-plus-2e on your host. Most probably lima-memtester will continue to run when you cut DC-IN since after the board has been powered on it can also use 5V provided through OTG port.

Hardware Diagnostic software lima-memtester passes (survives until the red LED) lima-memtester fails Notes
User:Tkaiser's Orange Pi Plus 2E fel-boot-lima-memtester-on-orange-pi-h3-v3.tar.bz2 744 MHz 768 MHz cheap heatsink. 768 MHz fails after running for approx. 4 minutes
User:lanefu's Orange Pi Plus 2E fel-boot-lima-memtester-on-orange-pi-h3-v3.tar.bz2 768 MHz 792 MHz no heatsink. 792 MHz parameter causes fel-boot-lima-memtester to fail to connect to FEL usb

Orientation of the GPIO header

Xunlong chose to rotate the 40 pin GPIO connector by 180° so RPi HATs can still be used but will project over the board in the opposite direction than intended. Keep this also in mind when you want to power the board through GPIO pins 2/4/6 (2/4 being connected directly with DC-IN and 6 being GND)

Adding a serial port

UART pins

The UART header is between FEL and power button (simplified layout: ..MIC.. [TX][RX][GND] ..DC-IN..). Just attach some leads according to our UART howto.

Pictures

Please note that the board is sold without heatsink. This is just the tester's standard heatsink for all H3 boards now.

Variants

  • Named almost similar the more expensive Orange Pi Plus 2 is rather different due to another USB setup (using a slow onboard USB-to-SATA bridge and an internal USB hub leading to shared USB bandwidth) and an older WiFi implementation (RTL8189ETV instead of RTL8189FTV now used)

References

  1. Orange Pi product pages show H3 @ 1.6GHz but this can be considered marketing. Limiting maximum cpufreq to 1296 MHz is realistic and when using a heatsink the board can run rather heavy workloads on all 4 CPU cores at this clockspeed

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