Orange Pi Plus Launched

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After Raspberry Pi, Waxberry Pi, and Banana Pi boards, here come another fruit-named board with Orange Pi. There are actually three models, with Orange Pi and Orange Pi mini based on Allwinner A20, and Orange Pi Plus powered by a quad core Allwinner A31s processor. This article will concentrate on the Orange Pi Plus.

Orange Pi Plus

What’s Orange Pi Plus?

It’s an open-source single-board computer.  It can run Android 4.4, Ubuntu, Debian, Rasberry Pi Image, Cubieboard Image, as well as the banana pi Image. It uses the AllWinner A20 SoC, and has 1GB DDR3 SDRAM.

Orange Pi Plus

What can I do with Orange Pi Plus?

  • A computer
  • A wireless server
  • Games
  • Music and sounds
  • HD video
  • A speaker
  • Android
  • Scratch
  • Pretty much anything else, because Orange Pi Plus is open source


A distribution is a complete operating system. Some distributions are general Linux systems and can be used for a lot of uses. Others are geared to one particular use case, such as an XBMC media center.

Who’s it for?

Orange Pi Plus is for anyone who wants to start creating with technology – not just consuming it. It’s a simple, fun, useful tool that you can use to start taking control of the world around you.

Orange Pi Plus Box

Hardware specification


 A31S ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core,256 KB L1 cache 1 MB L2 cache


PowerVR SGX544MP2, Comply with OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenCL 1.x, DX 9_3

Memory (SDRAM)

1GB DDR3 (shared with GPU)

Onboard Storage

TF card (Max. 64GB) / MMC card slot

Onboard Network

10/100/1000 Ethernet RJ45, WIFI onboard

Video Input

A CSI input connector allows for the connection of a designed

camera module

Audio Input


Video Outputs


Audio Output

3.5 mm Jack and HDMI

Power Source

USB OTG input,DC input

USB 2.0 Ports

Four USB 2.0 HOST, one USB 2.0 OTG


Power button: Next to Reset button

UBoot button (optional): Behind HDMI connector

Low-level peripherals

eight GPIO,four UART, three I²C bus, SPI bus with two chip selects,

six ADC, two PWM,+3.3 V, +5 V, ground

GPIO(2×9) pin

GPIO,UART, ADC,RESET ,+3.3v,+5v,ground.


Power Key & RJ45



Supported OS

Interface definition

Product size

112 mm × 60mm



Orange Pi™ is a trademark of the Shenzhen Xunlong Software CO., Limited


Orange Pi boards appear to be software compatible with Banana Pi, and Banana Pi boards, with support for Android 4.4, Debian, Ubuntu, Raspbian, and Scratch, and Orange Pi website is a close copy of, one of the companies promoting the Banana brand. They even have the same “Apply for Orange Pi“, where you can apply for a free board if you have a project, or want to help with Orange Pi “community”.

Orange Pi boards can be purchased for $42 to $76 including shipping on Shenzhen Xunlong Software Aliexpress store, which also includes cheap accessories such as a $5.90 camera.


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