First Look at the Olinuxino Maxi: i.MX233 ARM based Linux computer with ArchlinuxARM

Submitted by fabio on Mon, 2012-07-30 10:53.

While everyone is crazy about the Raspberry Pi, I'm pretty skeptical about it. Why? Well, because it's a closed source hardware based upon a BGA microprocessor using a 6 layers PCBs.

What does that mean? Well, it means that it's really a pain in the ass to create derivative projects from it.. So, although the Pi it's a really awesome device, it's almost impossible to create a product from it.

With this in mind, I started to look around for alternatives and I found the Olinuxino Maxi, a single board Linux compatible computer based upon the i.MX233 microprocessor, designed by Olimex.

Olinuxino Maxi

Why this is much more interesting for me? Well, first of all, it's a complete Open Hardware project so the schematics and PCB designs are available released under CC-BY-SA so that we can take them and modify as we like.

Second very important aspect is that it is based upon a QFP packaged microprocessor using a 4 layers PCBs. This means that we are perfectly capable to solder it by hand and getting PCBs for it cheaply (through OSH Park for example).

This can very well support the creation of derivative hardware starting from the original Olinuxino designs..

So, I got one of these boards and in the following video I show it running with ArchlinuxARM.. looking pretty awesome so far.

What do you think? Should we all use Raspberry Closeberry Pis or look for more open and easily hackable alternatives?

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Submitted by Houston web design (not verified) on Tue, 2013-01-29 10:05.

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Starting from beginning

Submitted by Ricardo Brandão (not verified) on Fri, 2013-01-04 16:42.

Hi Fabio,

Very good your post and video.

But as a really newbie in Linux Embedded, I have a very simple doubts:

1) What did you do, in terms of configuration, before your video? I mean, how configure to access your WiFi network, and so on. Or just take off the box, plug the power supply and wireless modem and it's ready.

2) I've read the manual on the Olimex web site, but it's a bit confused to me. Is it possible access the terminal of board through a keyboard in USB port and a monitor connected to RCA connector (video output)?

3) May I connect my PC directly through USB cable to program it?

Thank you so much


Olinuxino Wins by Simple Availability

Submitted by shutay (not verified) on Mon, 2012-08-06 02:35.

The Raspberry Pi seems like a nice little device, with many features for a low price. The big problem is that you just can't get one. It is too hard to get, too few available, too slow to ship. In the end, I placed an order for the Olinuxino. It's available and the price is good and features are good. Simple. I also like the way Olimex tends to make their SBCs quite flexible with power, they are not fussy.

Don't forget also that the Raspberry Pi uses POP - package on package - assembly for it's RAM module, making it even more unfriendly for DIYers.

Hi, Olinuxino is a very

Submitted by Xorgen (not verified) on Mon, 2012-07-30 19:01.

Olinuxino is a very interesting board, where did you buy it??
thanks to the post, great work!

Hi Xorgen, the Olinuxino can

Submitted by fabio on Mon, 2012-07-30 22:51.

Hi Xorgen, the Olinuxino can be bought directly from Olimex website and will cost you about 50 euro delivered.