Many of you have been asking for an update and we have been working very hard on completing the final development of the Pocket P.C., so here it is:
After nearly a month of intensive work on the display, we reached out to Icenowy who found an overflow bug in the kernel driver for the Allwinner DSI interface. [see the fix here]
The display looks great:
We’re in the final stretch: The Pocket P.C. is almost fully tested!
We just need to verify HDMI with an adapter and Display Port. In the schematic, we used the pinout of an HDMI A type connector instead of a HDMI C type connector. This has been corrected.
We will also be replacing the U-blox CAM-M8Q GPS/GNSS module with a SIMCom SIM33ELA GPS/GNSS module. The U-blox component has been banned from import into China. As a result of the recent ban, this component has gone from $15/unit to $80+/unit. The SIMCom module is a drop-in pin-compatible replacement. The only difference is that it does not support the Chinese Beidou Navigation Satellite System which the U-blox module did.
Finalizing the software for the Pocket P.C. is ongoing and progressing rapidly.
We know everyone can’t wait to receive their Pocket P.C., which is why we have been working nonstop to get it perfected and ready to put into your hands.
People in our Discord chat state that they will use it just to SSH into some headless Raspberry Pis or tinker around with it or just use it as a portable terminal. Whatever your plans for it, we think you will agree it was well worth the wait and your ongoing support of our efforts.
Lastly, great news! We are now shipping developer units.
Remember, there is still time to upgrade to the LoRa version for $99. Please email us to take advantage of this great offer.
Thanks again for your support and encouragement. It means a great deal to us to have you be a part of our community.