Wednesday, December 2, 2015

LeMaker Guitar Review

Product Introduction

LeMaker Guitar is a high performance cost-effective SBC  designed by LeMaker Team. It adopts Actions S500 SoC (Quad-core ARM® Cortex™-A9R4 CPU and PoweVR SGX544 GPU), 1GB/2GB DDR3 and 8GB Flash. In order to make the users more convenient to DIY their own platform . LeMaker Team designed it with a  Core Board & Main Board , which significantly reduces the redesign period of personalized customization.

Chinese thinking process in this product was very smart in designing a cost effective PCB product composed from two separate elements. This way any future upgrades to the hardware could be easily done by just replacing the external main PCB when newer revisions will come out.

LeMaker Guitar currently supports Android 5.0 OS and few Linux distributions images such as Ubuntu Mate, Android 5.0 , LeMedia and ArchLinux. Company expected to support additional  platforms as product development evolves and advances. The Guitar currently costs 44.99USD , and is available in company official store  Here.

LeMaker Guitar Key features
  1. Quad-core ARM® Cortex™-A9R4 CPU;
  2. System on module design;
  3. 1GB/2GB DDR3 SDRAM;
  4. On-board 8GB eMMC NAND flash storage;
  5. 204 pins standard DDR3 SODIMM for connecting LeMaker Guitar base board;
  6. Hardware ADFU button
  7. Android 5.0 and Linux support

LeMaker Guitar Base Board Rev.B Key features
  1. 1 x micro-B USB3.0 receptacle and 2 x type-A USB2.0 receptacle
  2. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz and Bluetooth 4.0
  3. 10/100Mbps RJ45 ethernet
  4. HDMI type-A and LVDS display interface
  5. 40 pins expansion compatible with Raspberry Pi 2
  6. 204 pins standard DDR3 SODIMM connector for connecting LeMaker Guitar.

Hardware Specification of LeMaker Guitar TM

SoCActions S500
CPUARM® Cortex™-A9R4 Quad-Core up to 1.3 GHz (ARM v7 instruction set)
GPUImagination PowerVR SGX544, Support OpenGL-ES 1.1 and 2.0, OpenVG 1.0.1
PMUATC2603C (Integrated Audio Codec etc)

Storage8GB eMMC (Options 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB)on board storge
Video4K HD video decoding

1080P@60fps HD video encoding

Supports MPEG-4, H.263, H.264 and other mainstream video formats
LCD Interface SelectLVDS / RGB / MIPI
Expansion Interface204 Pins standard DDR3 SODIMM
OS SupportAndroid 5.0 / Linux

Appearance characteristic
Sizes67.6mm x 42.2mm

Hardware Specification of LeMaker Guitar TM Base Board Rev.B

SorageMicroSD Card slot
Ethernet Port10/100Mbps
WirelessWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz

Bluetooth 4.0

1 x IR receiver

1 x MicroUSB 3.0 HOST & DEVICE
Display1 x HDMI 1.4(Type A – full), supports up to 4096*2048@30HZ

1 x LVDS-DSI for raw LCD panels (up to 4096 x 2048)

Composite video output (via 3.5 mm TRRS jack shared with Analog audio out)
AudioHDMI output

Analog audio (via 3.5 mm TRRS jack shared with composite video out)

I2S audio output (also available as audio input)

On board MIC input
Camera1 x MIPI-CSI

1 x Parallel 8-bit camera interface
EXPANSION INTERFACE40 Pins Header : 28×GPIO, some of which can be used for specific functions including UART, I2C, SPI, PWM, I2S
SODIMM 204 Pin Connector : board
Debug COM : debug
LED1 x Power status LED (red)

1 x User defined LED1 (green)

1 x User defined LED2 (blue)
ButtonPower Button: Button Power on/off
Reset Button: Button System reset
Power Source12V@2A, Plug   specification is inner diameter 2.1mm and outer diameter 5.5mm
Appearance characteristic
Sizes88mm x 88mm

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LeMaker Guitar Review