Chinese manufacturer, Shenzhen Xunlong has launched yet another open-source single-board computer featuring the Allwinner H6 system-on-chip: Orange Pi 3 LTS. We have witnessed the new Orange Pi hitting the market every time around this time of the year, just like the Orange Pi R1 Plus last year. Orange Pi 3 LTS comes with the aim of providing a platform to the maker community who can take advantage of the newly integrated SoC and create interesting projects that target a wide range of applications.
At the heart of Orange Pi 3 LTS is the Allwinner H6 system-on-chip which comes with a Quad-core 64-bit high-performance Cortex-A53 processor clocked up to 1.8GHz frequency. The hardware design integrates the AW859A Chip that provides Wi-Fi (support IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth (support BT5.0) wireless connectivity. Interestingly, the board has 2GB LPDDR3 SRAM which might restrict a few complex applications. However, it is important to note that Allwinner H6 SoC was primarily designed as a high-performance 4K HDR set-up box chip indicating that the majority of video processing applications are expected to work smoothly.
Specifications of Orange Pi 3 LTS:
- CPU: Allwinner H6 with Quad-core Cortex-A53 processor @ 1.8GHz
- GPU: Mali T720 high-performance, multi-core GPU
- Memory: 2GB LPDDR3 (shared with GPU)
- Storage: 8GB eMMC flash and expandable through Micro SD card slot
- Wireless connectivity: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0
- USB: 1x USB 3.0 host, 2x USB 2.0 host
- Video output: HDMI 2.0 and TV CVBS output
- Audio output: HDMI output, 3.5mm audio port
- Power: 5V via Type-C
- Peripherals: 1x I2C, 1x SPI, 1x UART and multiple GPIOs
- Operating systems: Android 9.0, Ubuntu, Debian
- Dimension: 56x85mm
- Weight: 45g
Not to forget, the powerful SoC is equipped with a Mali T720 GPU that supports OpenGL ES, Microsoft DirectX, and also adaptive scalable texture compression. Video and audio output can be taken through the onboard HDMI ports. To make it easier, the board can be powered via Type-C cable other than multiple pin connectors. Most importantly, the hardware supports Android 9.0, Ubuntu and Debian operating systems for you to build your own wireless server.