Allwinner subsidiaries AWOL and WhyCan Technology are preparing to launch an open source dual-camera computer vision development kit built around their parent company’s V853 system-on-chip — dubbed, imaginatively, the V853 Dev Board.
“In order to facilitate customers and developers to conduct pre-research and development based on V853, Allwinner provides a official V853 Dev Board,” the three companies explain of their joint creation. “[The] V853 Dev Board realizes the full potential of Allwinner’s powerful V853 SoC, which includes a 1GHz Arm Cortex-A7 core, a 600MHz RISC-V E907 core, and a 1 TOPS NPU [Neural Processing Unit].”
Designed for computer vision at the edge, the V853 Dev Board packs two cameras and a display. (📷: WhyCan Technology)
On top of the specifications of the core SoC itself, WhyCan has added 512MB of DDR3 memory, 8GB of eMMC storage with SD Card expansion, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 radio connectivity, 100Base-T Ethernet, and a seven-inch display for standalone operation. As input devices for computer vision projects, the board includes two Galaxycore Microelectronics GC2063 two-megapixel CMOS sensors and a pair of analog microphones.
Elsewhere on the board, which is designed to mount just below the screen on a bundled acrylic base, is a USB Type-C port for power and data, five user-addressable buttons plus power, reset, and boot selection, a “g-sensor” accelerometer for rotation support, JTAG debugging, and I2S and UART buses plus a real-time clock with optional battery backup. On the software front, WhyCan offers a Tina Linux image — based, unfortunately, on an outdated OpenWRT fork with Linux 4.9 and Uboot 2018.
The board includes Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity options. (📷: WhyCan Technology)
The companies are currently selling the board exclusively in China through Taobao, but have telegraphed preparations to launch the device internationally via Crowd Supply at an as-yet unconfirmed price.
Those interested in more details, meanwhile, can visit AWOL’s product page, which includes a link to the board schematics under an unspecified open source license — though registration on a Chinese language download portable is required to access the files.