IBOX Production Schedule Update 20140418

Core and baseboard production has been finished, and they are now being tested. It is expected that we can finish testing today.


Production of IBOX aluminum housing has been finished. We will begin assembly and packaging on next Monday.


Production of add-on board (Ibox Arduino Plug) has been finished, and we will begin testing on next Monday.


Therefore, we will not be able to send out the products on 18th, April as planned. We expect delivery on 23rd, April. We do apologize for the delay.

 

From the feedback, we found a problem. That is, if an Android image is installed on NAND Flash and a Linux Image is installed on SD card, once you boot into Linux system from SD card, you will not be able to boot into Android system unless you re-install the image, as you can find in the picture below. We bought many Allwinner A20 based boards from the market, and tested them with the Linux images (Arch, Foreda, Debian, Linaro, etc) and Android images for Allwinner A20 that are available on the Internet, such issue turned up again and again. That is, this problem is not for Ibox only. As Michael commented, "Apparently this is a problem in the driver for nand access (libnand, provided by AllWinner), If it cannot understand the format of the nand, it unconditionally formats it. Unfortunately, libnand is closed-source so this cannot be changed. Unless AllWinner provides enough information for the linux-sunxi people to make a proper mtd driver".

 

 

Responses to “IBOX Production Schedule Update 20140418

  1. Apparently this is a problem in the driver for nand access (libnand, provided by AllWinner)
    If it cannot understand the format of the nand, it unconditionally formats it. Unfortunately, libnand is closed-source so this cannot be changed. Unless AllWinner provides enough information for the linux-sunxi people to make a proper mtd driver ;)

  2. Thanks for the update. But, the Linux boot from SD with Android on the NAND is the basic expectation for all of that have supported this funding. We will look for some solution soon.

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