HardKernel ODroid-X: Low Cost Exynos 4412 Quad Core Cortex A9 Development Board

HardKernel unveiled the ODROID-X development board based on Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 with quad core Mali-400 GPU, 1 GB Low Power DDR2 and storage is done via SD card and/or eMMC flash.

ODROID-X Development Board

Here are ODROID-X development board specifications:

ProcessorSamsung Exynos4412 Cortex-A9 Quad Core 1.4Ghz with 1MB L2 cache
Memory1024MB(1GB) LP-DDR2 800MB/s data rate
GPUQuad Core Mali-400
Videosupports 1080p via HDMI cable (H.264+AAC based MP4 container format)
Video Outmicro HDMI connector / RGB-24bit LCD interface port
AudioStandard 3.5mm headphone jack and microphone jack
HDMI SPDIF
LAN10/100Mbps Ethernet with RJ-45 Jack (Auto-MDIX support)
USB2.0 HostHigh speed standard A type connector x 6 ports
USB2.0 DeviceADB/Mass storage(Micro USB)
UARTSystem console monitoring for development (1.8volt interface)
IO PORTs50pin IO expansion port for LCD/I2C/UART/SPI/ADC/GPIO interfaces
Display (Option)
HDMI monitor / LCD panel with RGB or LVDS interface
Storage (Option)
Full size SDHC Card Slot
eMMC module socket
Camera (Option)
MIPI-CAM connector (MIPI-CSI 2 lanes)
Power (Option)
5V 2A Power
System Softwareu-boot 2010.12, Kernel 3.0.15, Android 4.0.x(ICS)
Size 90 x 94 mm

The Exynos4 CPU module is soldered on the board and is not detachable.

HardKernel Exynos 4 CPU module

The CPU module embeds the LPDDR2 RAM 8Gbit (POP), a PMIC (MAX77686), a HSIC-USB Hub (USB3503A) and measures 43 x 25 mm.

You can have a look at the board block diagram for a system overview, see connection and which chipsets are used.

ODROID-X Block Diagram

The company provides an Android 4.0.4 SDK and is working on an Ubuntu 12.04 port (GPU hardware acceleration is still missing). The platform source code (u-boot, kernel and Android) and documentation will be available on HardKernel Downloads page once the boards ship out. You’ll be able to obtain the board and CPU module schematics once you receive the board, but not the gerber or layout files.

Watch the video below for an overview of the board and demos of its capabilities with Android.

ODROID-X can be purchased now on Hardkernel eStore for $129 (+ $30 shipping) and will be shipped by the end of July. Korean can pay 150,000 Won for the board. AFAIK, this is the cheapest quad core Cortex A9 board available today by a fair margin (The cheapest Freescale i.MX6 board is $199).

In order to keep the cost low (I assume), they did not include features such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, but offers the following modules:

  • WiFi Module Kit (USB) – $9
  • 10.1″ LCD Module Kit (LVDS) – $69 (No touchscreen)
  • 13.3″ LCD Module Kit (LVDS) – $79 (No touchscreen)
  • Camera Module (MIPI/CSI) – $29
  • USB-UART Module Kit- $15
  • 16 GB eMMC Module – $39
  • Bluetooth Module (USB) – $8

Those modules appear to be fairly standard, so you may procure via other means. They also offer cables (HDMI, USB…), SD card and power supply, but you might be better off buying those locally although their prices are reasonable.

You can find more information on HardKernel ODROID-X page and on their forums.

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