$149 Hardkernel ODROID-XU Octa Core big LITTLE Development Board

Just a few days after noticing code for ODROID-XU in hardkernel repository, the company has now launched ODROID-XU development board powered by Exynos 5410 octa core processor with 2GB RAM, USB 3.0, and more for just $149 (as long as you order in August, $169 after that).


Here are ODROID-XU hardware specifications:

  • SoC – Samsung Exynos5 Octa Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 big.LITTLE processor with PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • Storage – micro SD slot, eMMC 4.5 connector
  • Video Output – micro HDMI + MPI LCD interface and Touch screen I2C ports (IPEX-40PIN)
  • Audio – micro HDMI, headphone jack, MAX98090 Audio Codec
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet via USB 2.0 (LAN9730)
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 Host, 1x USB 3.0 OTG, and 4x USB 2.0 Host
  • Expansion Header – 30 pins (GPIO/IRQ/SPI/ADC)
  • Misc – PWM connector for Cooler,
  • Power Supply – 5V/4A (Plug specification is inner diameter 2.1mm and outer diameter 5.5mm)
  • PMIC  – MAX77802 10 high-efficiency Buck regulators and 32 LDOs.
ODROID-XU Block Diagram

There are two versions to buy: ODROID-XU ($149) that comes with a plastic case, an active cooler and 5V/4A PSU, and ODROID-XU+E ($199) which adds 4 current & voltage sensors (TI INA231 – See video for demo) for monitoring A15 and A7 cores, GPU and RAM power consumption in real-time. Shipping and handling adds $40 for me. You’ll also need an additional MicroSD card or eMMC module (recommended) to install the OS (Android first, then Ubuntu Linux in Q4 2013).

Hardkernel has posted several videos showing off the device, include the unboxing video below.

You can find more information, and/or pre-order the device on ODROID-XU page. Shipment are expected on September 10, 2013.

Updated: The company also posted some benchmarks (Phoronix) comparing ODROID-XU with the ARM Chromebook (Exynos 5250).

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24 Replies to “$149 Hardkernel ODROID-XU Octa Core big LITTLE Development Board”

  1. Yes, they are selling the USB3 to SATA3 and the USB3 to GBIT LAN apapter separately.
    BTW, you can order $149 model now..

  2. Holy moly, this plus a cheap VGA adapter like you covered could make a decent mini pc.

    Are they really open source? And how about the reliability of their products in the past, does anyone know?

  3. It’s got a fan! Yes, active cooling on an ARM Device 🙂
    (the only other I know of is NVidia Shield with Tegra 4)

  4. @NoNoCat
    That fan was another negative about the XU model, the other being PowerVR, but what can you do.

    I would not have any problems with active cooling, if it would be user replaceable with passive COTS cooler, and brings in another question about strange design choice virtually all of different PCB designers do…

    Why not ALL systems use established standard mounts for coolers? Even these sub 2W ARM systems could easily have two small holes in standard spacing to enable el-cheapo chipset coolers to be used, or with these high-power Quad/Octa overclockable SoCs have actual x86 PC CPU cooler mount holes… two to four HOLES can not be too expensive to make.

  5. @anon:
    I guess one reason is not the cost, but the board space that these holes take away right next to the chip (where most of the hundreds of traces need to be routed out).
    Oh and the other reason that there is no standard for it 😉

    But good idea in general.

  6. @NoNoCat
    Heh, ok, maybe not standard per se, but de facto industry standards that all chipset/CPU cooler makers/cloners use.

    And as the ARM chips tend to be quite integrated, their physical package size is so small, that the PoP packaged SoCs don’t have too many large busses coming out of them, thus would easily route all remaining signals, even around few holes (just like on PC southchips, those usually even have more signals than a whole PoP ARM SoC).

    And the non-PoP packaged tend to have their RAM chips so close to the SoC, that those could fit all under an CPU cooler (cooling the RAM chips while at it).

  7. @Anon!
    The mounting holes are pretty much the same as some VGA cooling stuff. I can’t find it right now. But a user on our forums had it with a ThermalTake stupidly huge heatsink for some VGA card.

  8. @Fargus
    The board is not open source hardware, so although they will do provide the schematics (PDF), gerber and layout files won’t be available. A BSP with source code for Android and Linux will be provided too, but as with others board, GPU/VPU support will be delivered via binary blobs only.

  9. Everything except cables seem to be too overpriced. The 10.1 touchscreen is $250!! You can find that on ebay for 1/2 that price… and what market are they aiming for? Chromebook is portable and easy to carry around so why compare to that when this is an embedded board and if you add all the “xtras” you would need to build a chromebook equivalent it would cost you over $400 for it. For the extra speed very limited in GPIO’s for an embedded solution to real industrial hardware.

    Not for me…

  10. I got a defective one (defective the first time I tried to use it). Defective so if they’d just plugged it in they wouldn’t have shipped it. Hardkernel insists that I pay to ship it back, they will not ship another until they receive it and it is up to them to determine whether the board is bad. Depending on where you live and how big a hurry you’re in, you might be dealing with something that has virtually little or no warranty.

  11. Hi !

    can I use all cores (8) at the same time ?
    Or is the board switching between the 4core CPU´s ?

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