NetBSD supports many boards based on Allwinner SoCs. Starting with NetBSD 8.0, FDT is used to configure devices. As a result, a large number of boards and configurations can be supported with a single kernel.

  1. Supported SoCs
  2. Supported hardware
  3. Installation
  4. Tips and tricks
    1. Video overscan compensation
    2. Pinebook function keys

Supported SoCs

Family SoC NetBSD version Example boards Notes
sun4iA108.99.3 and laterOlimex A10-OLinuXino-LIME
sun5iA10s-
sun5iA138.99.2 and laterOlimex A13-OLinuXino, Olimex A13-OLinuXino-MICRO
sun5iGR88.99.5C.H.I.P. Pro
sun5iR88.99.2 and laterC.H.I.P., Pocket C.H.I.P.
sun6iA317.0 and laterMerrii Hummingbird A31
sun6iA31s-
sun7iA207.0 and laterCubietech Cubieboard 2, Cubietech Cubietruck, LeMaker Banana Pi
sun8iA23-
sun8iA33-Olimex A33-OLinuXino
sun8iR40-Sinovoip Banana Pi BPI-M2U
sun8iA83T8.0 and laterSinovoip Banana Pi BPI-M3
sun8iH2+8.0 and laterXunlong Orange Pi Zero
sun8iH38.0 and laterFriendlyARM NanoPi NEO, Xunlong Orange Pi Plus 2E
sun8iV3s-Lichee Pi Zero
sun9iA808.0 and laterCubietech Cubieboard 4
sun50iA648.99.2 and laterPine64, Pinebook
sun50iH58.99.4 and laterFriendlyARM NanoPi NEO2, FriendlyARM NanoPi NEO Plus2
sun50iH68.99.14 and laterOrange Pi One Plus, Pine H64

Supported hardware

Please refer to the SUNXI kernel config for the most up-to-date list of supported hardware.

Device Supported Notes
Audio codecYesSupported on sun4i, sun5i, sun6i, sun7i, sun8i-h2+, sun8i-h3, sun50i-h5, sun50i-a64
CAN controllerYes
Crypto engine-
CSI-
DMAYes
Fast Ethernet (sun4i/sun5i/sun7i)Yes
FramebufferYesUses simplefb configured by bootloader
Gigabit Ethernet (sun6i/sun7i/sun9i)Yes
Gigabit Ethernet (sun8i/sun50i)Yes
GPIOYes
GPU-
I2CYes
I2S/PCMExperimental
IR transceiver-
NANDYes
P2WI/RSBYes
PCIe-H6
PWMYes
RTCYes
SATAYes
SD/MMCYes
SMPYes32-bit only. Uses PSCI support in firmware
SPDIF-
SPIYes
Thermal sensorsYes
Touch screenYes
UARTYes
USB 2.0Yes
USB 3.0Yes
USB OTGExperimental
Watchdog timerYes

Installation

Tips and tricks

Video overscan compensation

On some television models, the borders of the screen may be cut off. If your television doesn't have an option to disable overscan, you can enable overscan compensation by entering the following commands at the U-Boot prompt:

setenv video-mode sunxi:1280x720-24,overscan_x=32,overscan_y=20
saveenv
reset

Pinebook function keys

The sleep (Fn+Esc), home (Fn+F1), volume down (Fn+F3), volume up (Fn+F4), and mute (Fn+F5) keys on the keyboard are mapped to uhid(4) devices.

Create the following config file:

/etc/usbhidaction.conf

Consumer:Consumer_Control.Consumer:Volume_Up                    1
        mixerctl -n -w outputs.master++
Consumer:Consumer_Control.Consumer:Volume_Down                  1
        mixerctl -n -w outputs.master--
Consumer:Consumer_Control.Consumer:Mute                         1
        mixerctl -n -w outputs.mute++
Consumer:Consumer_Control.Consumer:AC_Home                      1
        /etc/powerd/scripts/hotkey_button AC_Home pressed
Generic_Desktop:System_Control.Generic_Desktop:System_Sleep     1
        /etc/powerd/scripts/sleep_button System_Sleep pressed

Then start two copies of usbhidaction:

# /usr/bin/usbhidaction -c /etc/usbhidaction.conf -f /dev/uhid0 -i -p /var/run/usbhidaction-uhid0.pid 
# /usr/bin/usbhidaction -c /etc/usbhidaction.conf -f /dev/uhid1 -i -p /var/run/usbhidaction-uhid1.pid 
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