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Hardkernel ODROID-VU8C is 8″ LCD Display and Case Kit for ODROID C1+ and C2 Boards

While it’s quite easy to find displays for development boards, they do not always come with a case, so you’d have to make your own. One easier option for the Raspberry Pi boards is the official Raspberry Pi 7″ LCD touch screen Display, plus RS Premium touchscreen case that selling for $132 in total including Raspberry Pi 3 board. But Hardkernel has now launched their own ODROID-VU8C 8″ Touch Display Shell Kit compatible with ODROID-C1+ and ODROID-C2 boards.

odroid-vu8cSpecifications and Kit Contents:

  • 8-inch TFT-LCD with 1024×768 resolution (4:3 ratio)
  • 10 finger capacitive touch input
  • Back-light brightness control with ODROID GPIO PWM
  • Viewing angle : Left 75, Right 75, Up 75, Down 75 degree
  • Screen Dimensions : 189 x 149 x 29 mm
  • Viewable screen size : 162 x121.5 mm (active area)
  • Power Supply – 5V/4A DC to power barrel (powering both the LCD and ODROID ARM Linux board)
  • Power consumption – 700mA/5Volt (Only LCD and display controller)
  • Plastic bottom case
  • DVI to LVDS Converter board
  • HDMI dual gender board
  • 8 x 3.5mm screws; 2port jumper cable
  • Cables – Micro-to-Micro USB Cable (approx. 8cm), Micro-to-TypeA USB Cable (approx. 20cm)

odroid-8-inch-display-assemblyYou’ll have to provide your own ODROID-C1+ or ODROID-C2 board, micro SD card or eMMC module, and assemble the kit. Bear in mind that after assembly, it’s not possible, or rather not convenient, to remove the micro SD card or eMMC module. It works with both Android and Linux operating system, but you’ll have to make sure you use a recent version of the firmware (Linux 3.10.80-128 or higher) and change boot.ini file to 1024×768 (60Hz) resolution (setenv m “1024x768p60hz”) and DVI mode (setenv vout_mode “dvi”). The hardware design is interesting as they’ve used a DVI to RGB converter and a RGB to LVDS converter, instead of just a DVI to LVDS converter, maybe because it’s hard to find?

ODROID-VU8C Block Diagram

ODROID-VU8C Block Diagram

If you still want to access the 40-pin GPIO header in the panel, you can do so easily through the “cutting line ”  on the case.

ODROID-VU8C sells for $90 on Hardkernel website, to which you’d need to add about $32/$40 for ODROID-C1+/C2 board, and shipping. If you’re based in North America, it will be better to purchase the kit from Ameridroid instead, Alternatively the company has other 5″ and 7″ display solutions for their board, but AFAIK there’s no specific case.

  1. Armer
    December 6th, 2016 at 16:00 | #1

    Interesting display unit.
    Can we embed the RPi2/3 instead of the OdRoid C2?
    It seems to be pretty possible.

  2. December 6th, 2016 at 16:13 | #2

    @Armer
    Possibly, but you’d need to verify exactly alignment of HDMI, Ethernet, and USB ports.
    Getting Raspberry Pi 7″ LCD + RS case mentioned in the introduction would be a safer, albeit thicker, bet.

  3. Steve
    December 6th, 2016 at 18:13 | #3

    Interesting about the DVI to RGB converter. I wonder if this is to cope with YCbCr HDMI output ?

    Getting RGB 4:4:4 HDMI from AMLogic SoCs can be tricky AIUI (though it is possible)

  4. Henrique
    December 6th, 2016 at 20:07 | #4

    I wonder why they couldn’t accommodate the C1 as well? (note the +)

    • Bohdan Lechnowsky
      December 6th, 2016 at 23:43 | #5

      It’s because the C1 has a microHDMI port while the C1+ has a full size port. It could probably work with the C1 with some mods.

  5. December 6th, 2016 at 20:34 | #6

    @Henrique
    Based on hardware changelog @ http://www.cnx-software.com/2015/07/22/odroid-c1-board-is-an-upcoming-upgrade-to-odroid-c1-board/, ODROID-C1 has micro HDMI plug, and does not support power via micro USB OTG port.

    The kit uses both a full size HDMI port, and micro USB port for power.

  6. willmore
    December 6th, 2016 at 21:09 | #7

    @cnxsoft, the C1 does support power over micro-USB if you solder the jumper R87:
    http://odroid.com/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=en:c1_hardwarehacking

  7. December 12th, 2016 at 21:17 | #8

    There is a case specifically made for the 7 inches screen (VuShell for ODROID-VU7) and there are no 5 inches screens, only 3.5 inches (and this one also has a case).

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