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UDOO Single Board Computer Features Freescale i.MX6 Dual/Quad and Atmel SAM3 MCU

Have you ever dreamed of a single board with the power of 4 Raspberry Pi and Arduino Due functionality? This dream should soon become reality thanks to UDOO single board computer. This open source hardware board is powered by Freescale i.MX6 Dual or Quad with 1GB RAM, as well as Atmel SAM3 Cortex M3 MCU that provides access to Arduino compatible headers.

UDOO_Board

Here are the specifications of the board:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX6 ARM Cortex-A9 CPU Dual/Quad Core @ 1GHz + Vivante GPU
  • MCU – Atmel SAM3X8E ARM Cortex-M3 (same as Arduino Due)
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – micro SD (boot device) + SATA (i.MX6 Quad only)
  • Video Output – HDMI and LVDS + Touch (I2C signals)
  • Audio I/O – Analog Audio and Mic
  • Expansion Headers – 54 Digital I/O + Analog Input (Arduino-compatible R3 1.0 pinout)
  • Connectivity
    • Ethernet RJ45 (10/100/1000 MBit)
    • WiFi Module
  • USB – mini USB and mini USB OTG,  2x USB type A (x2) and USB connector (requires a specific wire)
  • Camera connection
  • Power Supply – 12V power adapter and external battery connector
  • Dimensions – 11 cm x 8.5 cm

The UDOO board will run Android 4.0 ICS and Ubuntu Linaro 11.10 initially. The Kicksrtarte video below gives and overview of the board, and showcases 6 use cases: educational kit, digital signage with RFID reader, games using sensors, automation, Android hacking with Arduino motor shield (Google ADK 2012), and digital urban furniture.

Seco, an Italian embedded systems company, is a partner of the project, and I’ve written about Seco‘s products several times before, so I’m pretty sure any technical and manufacturing challenges will be resolved. They are also building a community around the board involving some universities (Carnegie Mellon, USA; University of California San Diego, USA; Aarhus University, DK; Siena, IT; OCADU Toronto; CA) before opening up to the rest of the world. The schematics, documentation, education materials, etc.. will eventually be available on udoo.org.

The UDOO board is on Kickstarter, and they have already reached the $27,000 US funding target of their campaign.  You can get an UDOO board for as low as $99 and up to $169 depending on the options you select. Most pledged have gone to the $99 version with Freescale i.MX6 dual with Ethernet and Wi-Fi, but the one I really find interesting is the $129 pledge with Freescale i.MX6 Quad, as you get 1GBe, Wi-Fi, SATA, and Arduino compatible MCU and header. If you prefer received the board with a 12V power adapter, an HDMI cable, and 2 SD card preloaded with Android and Ubuntu, it will cost you $169. Design is almost complete and the boards should start to ship in September 2013. If you live outside the US, you’ll have to add $15 for shipping.

Thanks to Teji and renw0rp for the tip.

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  1. April 12th, 2013 at 16:57 | #1

    Wow, that’s nice

  2. Vinicius Tinti
    April 12th, 2013 at 18:22 | #2

    The main drawback I found so far is that it does not have a NAND :(

  3. April 12th, 2013 at 20:41 | #3

    @Vinicius Tinti
    Yes, hopefully the 8GB SD card shipped with some of the pledges will be Class 10.

  4. Vinicius Tinti
    April 13th, 2013 at 08:07 | #4

    @cnxsoft
    Maybe if they get 3X or more than they pledge they could add at least one 2GiB.

  5. April 13th, 2013 at 09:29 | #5

    If I did not have so many board and devices around, I would probably pledge for that one.

  6. Eric
    April 16th, 2013 at 16:15 | #6

    After watching the video, it is not very clear how the two environnement (ARDUINO and LINUX) are linked. USB ? SPI ? I2C? some other link ?

  7. April 17th, 2013 at 10:57 | #7

    @Eric
    If you haven’t seen they’ve answered your question: UART and USB OTG depending on jumpers settings.
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/435742530/udoo-android-linux-arduino-in-a-tiny-single-board/posts/456046

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