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.
|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
Geo magnetic field sensor
|System Software||u-boot 2010.03, Kernel 2.6.35, Android2.3(Gingerbread)|
|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
Watch the video interview about this tablet reference design at Embedded World 2011 by Charbax.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.