Tablet Reference Design based on Samsung Exymos 4210

HardKernel, a Korean company, announced the ODROID-A, a tablet reference design based on Samsung Exymos 4210 (codename Orion), dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, Mali-400 GPU, 1GB Low Power DDR2, 10.1 inch 1366 x 768 TFT with capacitive multi-touch, Dual Camera, HSPA evolution, 9-axis sensor and running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. They will update it to Android 3.0 later on.

This development kit will be available at the end of March 2011 for 749 USD (800,000 Won) for developers only. This should offer similar performance as the Motorola Xoom (except 3D maybe), and cost less which is a bit surprising for a development platform. They have an online community to support development on this hardware and they’ll provide the full source code and schematics free of charge.

ODROID-A Specifications:

Processor Samsung Exynos4210 Cortex-A9 Dualcore 1Ghz with 1MB L2 cache
Memory 1024MB LP DDR2 800Mega data rate
3D Accelerator Mali-400 MP Core
Micro-Sd slot 8GB bundle
Display 10.1inch 1366 x 768 LVDS interface with capacitive multi-touch screen
Broadband HSPA+/WCDMA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE (mini PCI Express)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n(Broadcom BCM4329)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
GPS Built-in standalone receiver
Video supports 1080p via HDMI cable(H.264+AAC based MP4 container format)
Video Out mini-HDMI connector with SPDIF audio
Audio Built-in speaker and microphone, standard 3.5mm headphone jack
I/O USB2.0 HS Device for ADB/Mass storage, UART/JTAG for development
30pin expandable port
Power 5V 2A Power
Battery 9000mAh(Lithium Polymer)
USB USB2.0 HS Host (Standard A type connector)
Camera Front – 1.3 Mega pixel
Rear – 3 Mega pixel autofocus
Other Features Gyroscope sensor
3-axis accelerometer
Geo magnetic field sensor
Linear motor
System Software u-boot 2010.03, Kernel 2.6.35, Android2.3(Gingerbread)

Debug Board

TTA20-Male Connector Connect to I/O port of Odroid.
RS232C Serial Port Connect to Host PC RS232C Serial Port via cable.
TTA20-Female Connector External connection
Mini-B USB Connector Connect ODROID to host PC

ODROID-A Block Diagram

Samsung Exynos 4210 Tablet Reference Design Bloc Diagram

Watch the video interview about this tablet reference design at Embedded World 2011 by Charbax.

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