Hardkernel’s ODROID-N1 was supposed to be the company’s first single-board computer with a hexa-core processor. But after unveiling the N1 last February, the company eventually scrapped plans to bring it to market due to component supply issues.

Now the company has introduced a new model called the ODROID-N2, and it should go up for order next month and begin shipping in April.

Prices are expected to begin at $63 for a model with 2GB of RAM. A 4GB model will set you back $79.

The ODROID-N2 is a single-board computer that measures about 3.5″ x 3.5″ x 0.7″ and which is powered by an Amlogic S922x processor. That’s a hexa-core chip with four 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex-A73 CPU cores and two 1.9 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 cores and Mali-G53 graphics.

The system supports DDR4 RAM that runs at 1320 MHz and has a microSD card slot for storage as well as support for an optional eMMC module. Hardkernel says 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB modules are available.

Ports include Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.1, composite video, 3.5mm audio, and four USB 3.0 host ports, plus a micro USB 2.0 OTG port. There’s also a 40-pin expansion header.

Hardkernel will offer Android 9 Pie and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS software images, and the Ubuntu release does have some support hardware-accelerated video.

The processor is on the bottom of the board, while the ports are on top. This allows you to place a large metal heatsink underneath the board to keep things cool. There’s also optional support for a fan if you want an active cooling solution.

According to Hardkernel, the ODROID-N2 consumes about 1.8 watts while idle, about 5.5W under heavy load, and 0.2W while powered down.

via CNX-Software

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7 replies on “ODROID-N2 single board computer coming soon for $63 and up (Amlogic S922X processor, up to 4GB RAM)”

  1. Looks like a great little machine.

    It is a pity that it doesn’t support faster storage (SATA or NVMe).

  2. “Ubuntu release does support hardware-accelerated video”

    If I understand correctly –

    1) The support for hardware-accelerated video is only in frame buffer mode.

    2) No hardware acceleration under the X11 Windowing system vendor support is planned

    3) In the near future support for hardware acceleration for the Wayland display server will be released

    1. I am going to wait for #3 before buying. Has anyone looked at a wayland desktop on rk3399?

  3. Wouldn’t it be more logical to have the CPU/Heatsink side facing up so that natural heat convection can take place?

  4. As usual, video is crippled to the point of pointless for anything but a media player. Proving once again that lots of people can now design small SBCs around ARM chips, but the point of the exercise is still in question for anything but media players. Why not just cut the video out of a chip and sell one headless for server use? Probably eliminate a good chunk of the silicon and do wonders for power and heat problems. And might give ARM a hint that opening the video up might be a good idea.
    If that doesn’t work, PCIe slot and an AMD GPU? Will the x86_64 drivers port to ARM without horrific issues?

    1. If you want an ARM board with a PCIe slot: https://liliputing.com/2018/01/rockpro64-single-board-computer-with-rockchip-rk3399-coming-soon-for-60-and-up.html

      Considering they took the HiFive Unleashed RISC-V dev board, the matching TileLink FPGA PCIe board, an off-the-shelf PCIe AMD graphics card and got it to work ‘out of the box’, it sounds like the AMDGPU driver compiles just fine on non-x86_64 hardware: https://hackaday.com/2019/02/11/building-a-risc-v-desktop/

      That RockPro64 board of course still has its own built-in graphics on the SoC, but with a bit of digging someone may have already got it working with a dedicated GPU.

    2. As usual, video is crippled to the point of pointless for anything but a media player…

      …or any one of millions of different things a small format, lost cost computer can do aside a tiny handful of things that require more powerful graphics, like 3D-gaming and digital design.

      Hardkernel’s been making these things for over a decade. I suspect they know exactly what their market is, and why enhancing the graphics performance isn’t a high priority.

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