Orange Pi One

In front of the abundance of computer hardware for prototyping things, we take a look around and select fresh development boards and present them to you in a compact overview. Every release keeps you engaged and helps makers to learn and build experimental robots and electronics as well.

Behind The Design

The Orange Pi One primary audience is the makers who’re trying to build things with open-source hardware and software for an affordable price. All of them loves to build computers, servers, games, play music and sounds, watch HD videos, make robots and anything else with a Linux development board.

Orange Pi One isn’t a plug-and-play computer hardware. It required a whole collection of different skills from setup the operating system to the development environment and embedded modules. All fused together to create a development system that not only features a Linux distribution but that communicates with other components and facilitates easy access to its resources.

The compact board measures 69mm × 48mm and weight only 36 grams.

Key Specifications

  • On software: this small-scale hardware computer can run a variety of operating systems including Android 4.4, Ubuntu, Debian, and Raspberry Pi Image.
  • On performance: more than ever before, while the technology is shrinking in size, the power is increased. Having said that, Orange Pi One features an Allwinner H3 quad core processor at 1.2 GHz, 512 MB RAM, and a micro SD card slot for storage.
  • On connections: for less than $14, the development board rewarding you with an Ethernet Port, HDMI output, 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB port, CSI Interface for camera, and 3-pin UART header for serial console. One of the biggest reason that we like Orange Pi One is the 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible header.


There are multiple development boards focused on Linux distributions at a price of no more than three pizzas. More than ever before, we have C.H.I.P, Raspberry Pi Zero and now Orange Pi One – three of the most affordable prototyping platforms that offer the opportunity to build intelligent robots, multimedia systems and anything else that you could imagine.

Even More Linux Development Boards!

Here are more articles with references to three prototyping boards we’ve managed to collect so far.

Last But Not Least

We are regularly looking for the most valuable development boards on the market. If you have plans to release a high-quality development board, please contact us at — we would like to support you on Into Robotics.


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