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Orange Pi launches low-cost Zero 3 board

Jul 3, 2023 — by Giorgio Mendoza 3,910 views

Orange Pi launched today a single board computer board with a small form-factor based on the Allwinner H618 64-bit processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The Orange Pi Zero 3 is equipped with one Gigabit Ethernet port with PoE support, various GPIOs and Wi-Fi/BT 5.0 connectivity.

This Orange Pi board comes in a similar form-factor (50 x 55mm) as the WuKong Board H3 Zero covered in June, except the former integrates an Allwinner H618 chip instead of the Allwinner H3 from the latter board. 

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Allwinner H618 block diagram
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Memory and storage options are flexible, allowing users to choose from 1GB, 1.5GB, 2GB, or 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. For storage, the Orange Pi Zero 3 supports MicroSD cards and comes with a 16MB SPI Flash.

When it comes to display options, the Orange Pi Zero 3 provides a single Micro HDMI port that supports resolutions up to 4K at 60fps.


Orange Pi Zero 3 pinout
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Wireless connectivity includes support for built-in WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0. The new Orange Pi board also supports up to 1000M Ethernet unlike the Wukong board H3 Zero that only supports up to 100M ethernet.

The Orange Pi Zero 3 provides a range of I/O interfaces, including a 26x GPIOs header, a 13x GPIOs header, and a 3-pin Debug TTL UART. Additionally, it features one USB 2.0 port (two from the expansion board) and a USB type-C port (5V/3A) to power the board.

 
Orange Pi Zero 3 peripherals
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Further information

For OS support, the company indicates that they will provide support for Android 12 TV, Debian 11/12, Ubuntu 22.04/20.04. Refer to the Orange Pi GitHub repository and their Wiki pages.

The AliExpress site advertises the board with 1GB RAM for $14.90 and $25.00 for the 4GB variant. Amazon lists the Orange Pi Zero 3 with 1GB RAM starting at $17.99 and the 4GB model for $28.99.

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3 responses to “Orange Pi launches low-cost Zero 3 board”

  1. IGnatius T Foobar says:

    I’d buy this. For $15 you could make little wifi access points out of them (unless you’re a hot rod who needs wifi 6). It makes me realize that the open source world needs a distributed wifi system that doesn’t depend on companies like ubiquiti to make it work. How about a WAP built on one of these, with a little display on it? Time and temperature, home automation controls, why should the WAP be on your ceiling when it can be right there and doing lots of useful stuff?

  2. Nova Luo says:

    It is our honor to get your compliments, thanks again!!
    Now Available for Order – Welcome to place your orders on Amazon!!

    Orange Pi 1GB: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CB1BYTT8
    Orange Pi 1.5GB:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CB1B5H58
    Orange Pi 2GB:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CB1H1X65
    Orange Pi 4GB:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CB19KD5S

  3. chip says:

    The hardware is very interesting, and the pre-Covid prices makes it even more tempting, but beware that this SoC doesn’t seem to be supported by Open Source drivers, or if there are any I couldn’t find them. That would force the use of vendor supplied modified distros, which could be abandoned anytime rendering the board obsolete. I would rather wait for FOSS support from the folks at Armbian or DietPI.

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