Hardkernel offers a range of developer boards with ARM-based processors. But the new ODROID-U and ODROID-U2 are the smallest and cheapest of the bunch.
Each board is basically a tiny computer with an ARM Cortex-A9 processor, support for Ethernet and USB connections, and the ability to run Android or Ubuntu Linux. But they’re small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and prices start at just $69.
The $69 model features a 1.4 GHz Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core processor. That’s the same chip used in the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. It also features 400 MHz Mali 400 quad-core graphics.
The board also 1GB of RAM, 2 USB ports, 10/100 Ethernet, a headphone jack, and a micro HDMI port.
Hardkernel doesn’t include any storage space with this dev board. Instead developers can attach an eMMC flash storage module or use a microSD card.
If you need a bit more power, Hardkernel also offers an $89 model with a 1.7 GHz Exynos 4412 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 440 MHz Mali-400 quad-core graphics.
The rest of the specs for this model are the same as those for the $69 version.
Both devices include an aluminum enclosure which can act as a case and a heat sink. The board itself measures just about 2 inches by 1.9 inches, although the USB and Ethernet ports take up a bit of vertical space.
Hardkernel sells both the ODROID-U and ODROID-U2 in the company’s store, where you can also pick up storage modules and other accessories as well as the company’s larger developer boards and other products.
via Mobile Geeks