Cubieboard 4 is around

Allwinner A80 based Cubieboard 4 development board is available for order / pre-order in Europe for roughly 150 EUR + shipping. Thank you folks for support to get this board. I am already researching. Some short first insights: Android’s (on EmmC) performance is very good while factory Lubuntu on (SD card) is bad – kernel is 3.4.39, there are no sources for uboot yet, CPU is getting hot on load, … More info will be added with first image build.

Check also this topic and those threads for updates.


  • Allwinner A80 Octa Core, A7x4 up to 1.3 GHz
  • Power VR 64Core G6230
  • EmmC 8G
  • 4x USB 2.0
  • 1x USB 3.0 OTG
  • 1X HDMI
  • 1X VGA
  • 10/100/1000 ETHERNET
  • WIFI
  • Bluetooth 4.0 plus EDR
  • IR
  • Realtime Clock (RTC) supports 1220 battery rechargeable size
  • 3.5 Jack for headphone
  • 3.5 Jack for Mic
  • Supports 3.7V li-po battery
  • Support 5V 2.5A Power Supply
  • Power Key, Reset Key and Reboot Key
  • UART0 and JTAG, some I2C to perhiperal
  • 146x142mm

19 thoughts on “Cubieboard 4 is around

  1. Hi Igor,

    I have moved from cubieboard 2 to cubieboard 4 and really, really miss your great image. The provided debian image is a nightmare. Do you have any idea when you can publish a first version or do you have a pre-release that you can already share?

    Really looking forward to progress on the cubieboard 4.


  2. hallo,
    i trying to make something with cc-a80. On i found something about mainline kernel and u-boot but a80 is not properly described yet. It would be nice to have something how ubuntu-armhf-mini how for example i tryed it on wandboard quad: So i tryed something on my crosscompiling pc with ubuntu 12.04×64. There are sunxi-tools and cc-a80 tools, but i becomme those not to run on my maschine (programm not found). Twice: i could not find LOADADDR adresse to build uImage. But if cc-a80 is like another cubies so it should be possible to make start it with mainline u-boot, mainline kernel, ubuntu-armhf, use *.dtb and uEnv.txt. But i think its for future. After i buy my wandboard quad about 2 yers ago, i could make nothing with that. And now on you becomme almost nothing. But guys on made great job and their system (for wandboard and some more boards) is nearly so good how ubuntu or debian on normal pc. So i think in 1-2 years we have something like that for cc-a80 too.
    best regard and good loock

    1. Nice to hear this. I am not playing (much) with Cubieboard 4 but I following what’s going on. Check this. It’s about very similar board.

      1. Hello

        I am about to buy a cubieboard4. From all what I could read so far, Debian support appears to be scarce. Please allow two questions:
        – has anybody experience with the USB 3.0 OTG ports. I plan to connect 2 external harddrives (2 TB each) via a passive USB 3.0 OTG hub.

        – is there room for hope for a cubieboard4 Debian image for the comparable to the one from Igor for the cubietruck.

        Thank’s for the support, axel

  3. Hello Igor!
    I received my Cubyboard4! Please make a great Debian Firmware! The Beta Firmware around is terrible ugly! ;-)

    1. I was trying to use SDK two weeks ago by myself but had no luck – on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I am planning to try again during the holidays. It’s nice to know that I am not alone :)

  4. Dear Igor,
    would you please consider to provide an upgrade path from cubietruck to cubieboard4 ?
    I have an existing installation on sd (and sad) and I think that installing the kernel and modules for the A80 together with the necessary startup files in /boot should do it …

    1. In general it might work out of the box or at least with a boot loader + kernel upgrade. First I have to get A80 to see the difference :)

  5. It is little I can give, but I hope to contribute your work!

    Thank you !!!

    Y chido carnal!!!!!

  6. Waited a long time for this single-Board computer. But when the news on it was reported that it would not support SATA. I decided that this product I don’t !

    1. The SATA implementation on the A10/A20 is somewhat limited (45/200 MByte/sec write/read). Might be interesting whether the A80’s USB3 implementation supports UASP and also supports SAT as well.

      If the latter is true you won’t get disadvantages compared to native SATA and if the former is true either then the A80 will outperform A20/A10 boards easily when it comes to accessing HDDs/SSDs. That said I’m happy that Igor managed to raise enough money to start working on Cubieboard 4 :)

      And _if_ the situation with the PowerVR GPU isn’t such a mess compared with MALI then an A80 board would be the better choice for a Mediacenter/NAS combination even when access to disk(s) would be a bit slower.

      1. There are new device from Tronsmart already on the market:
        Tronsmart Draco AW80 (Telos) Octa-core TV Box
        Here is a link to offsite (not advertisement):
        It is the same A80 platform as new cubie.
        It has SATA and I think it works through USB 3.0.
        So we just need to find someone who already bought (will buy) this device and test read/write performance.
        PS: Tronsmart claims this device as fully opensource (read description on their site).

        1. Regarding SATA and the A80: and regarding ‘opensource claims’: that usually never happens (the list of Allwinner’s GPL violations
          reached an all-time-high with the A80)

          The A80 has 2 USB2 and 1 USB3 ports so unless an internal USB hub is involved or they could use ‘native SATA’ I wonder how Tronsmart realizes 3 USB and one SATA port. And regarding USB-connected SATA: unless both USB host controller an USB-to-SATA-bridge feature UASP/SAT this isn’t a full replacement since performance is affected and more importantly ‘drive health’ (reading out S.M.A.R.T. values, using TRIM with SSDs)

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