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ARMBRIX Zero SBC's bubble bursts

Mar 18, 2013 — by Rick Lehrbaum 1,843 views

A project to develop a low-cost ARM Cortex A15-based single-board computer (SBC) reportedly has been abandoned. Initially named “ARMBRIX Zero,” the $145 board got as far as its prototype debug phase when the company behind it abruptly shuttered its doors.

The ARMBRIX Zero generated considerable excitement among Android and Linux gadget hackers, as its design was based on the same chipset as Google’s Nexus 10 tablet: a Samsung Exynos 5 (containing a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore), along with a quad-core ARM Mali-T604 GPU.

In early January, the project’s website reported that ARMBRIX Zero prototypes had emerged from the factory and were being pumped up with Android.


ARMBRIX Zero prototype

In mid-February, however, ARMBRIX stated on its website that it had been asked by ARM Ltd to change its company and product names, because the use of the term “ARM” represented a trademark infringement. Thereafter, ARMBRIX changed its name to iAMBRIX, and the board’s name became “OPENBRIX Zero.”

At that point, the boards were expected to be delivered to customers by April. But a few weeks later, iAMBRIX issued the following statement, which was posted at HowChip:

    “Due to a situation experienced by the ARMBRIX company, production of its boards has been discontinued. At this time we ask for the understanding of our customers who have shared interest in the ARMBRIX Zero / OPENBRIX Zero product. Every PayPal payment will be refunded by next week. Refunds will take 3-5 business days to process. We apologize for this inconvenience, and would like to thank every customer that has appreciated the ARMBRIX/OPENBRIX Zero product.”

Here’s a photo of an early ARMBRIX Zero prototype being tested:

ARMBRIX Zero being tested

The video below is described as showing an ARMBRIX Zero prototype running Scum.


Another low-cost SBC based on Samsung’s Exynos 5 along with an ARM Mali T-604 GPU is the Arndale board. HowChip shows that board’s status as temporarily sold out, with an 8-week minimum delay until more boards can be shipped.

(thanks go to David Anders of for submitting this tip)

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