Hardkernel ODROID-W is a tiny, Raspberry Pi-compatible PC

The Raspberry Pi is a cheap, small, low-power single-board computer that can run Linux-based software and which developers and hobbyists have used to create home media centers, handheld game consoles, robots, and more.

But if the credit card-sized Raspberry Pi is too big for you, there’s a new game in town: The Hardkernel ODROID-W is a $30 computer module that’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Since it has the same processor¬†and connectors as the Raspberry Pi, it’s also compatible with any software developed for that system.

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Like the Raspberry Pi, the ODROID-W features a Broadcom BCM2835 processor and 512MB of RAM. You can use a removable microSD card for storage.

There’s a microUSB port, a micro HDMI port, and a USB host connector for a full-sized port if you need one. There are also Raspberry Pi-like connectors including a 26-pin expansion header socket and a 15-pin Raspberry Pi camera cable connector.

One thin you won’t find is an Ethernet jack. You can add connectivity through USB peripherals, or you can pick up a $20 ODROID-W Docking Board which adds 4 USB ports, 10/100 Ethernet, an audio jack, and UART port.

So what could you do with a tiny computer/developer board like the ODROID-W? You could use it as a low-power desktop that runs Raspbian or another Raspberry Pi-friendly operating system. You could build your own smartwatch by adding a battery and display. Hardkernel has produced videos showing someone doing each of those things.

The ODROID-W is available for pre-order and should ship by the end of August.

via CNX Software

  • werewolfc

    it’s a little to expensive compared to RPI. It’s not for a home media center….. i think it targeted especially for robotics.
    PS: don’t forget that it is the price in Taiwan, so in some countries (EU), the price is much higher.

    • Lloyd Seaton

      I disagree. Odroid W has more functionality and its price compares favourably with Raspberry Pi Compute Module. Odroid W with Connector pack has similar price to Raspberry Pi Model A but with more functionality. Compared with Raspberry Pi Model B+; Odroid W with Connector Pack and Docking Board are significantly more expensive unless you value the ADC, RTC and UPS functionality. IMHO Hardkernel have done a great job in repackaging the Raspberry Pi essentials to flexibly suit a lot of applications at low cost.

  • skyyyyy

    For portable, battery-powered applications where no ethernet cable is needed, then this is a no-brainer. It becomes more practical than all Raspberry pi model A, B, B+ hands down. All-round it’s more useful than model B+ except for desktop use where you need many USB ports and an ethernet port. For many scenarios this appears way more practical and useful than A, B and B+. In the compute module space, again this seems a more useful form factor with more useful functionality already on-board.

    • Lloyd Seaton

      Yes, an extremely flexible design. Inclusion of a PMIC with RTC and ADC capabilities (along with the essential power management features) is a great improvement that makes it possible for Odroid W with camera to perform image/video capture and surveillance functions as well as simple data acquisition without any expansion board. Pity the RPi Model B+ does not have this capability.

  • ChicagoBob

    Its ideal for one thing I want to make and may make for several people.

  • Bo

    I’ve ordered 3 at $30 each, so that’s less than Raspberry Pi. I have a RPi product that I’m looking to move to this platform as it is more compact.