$99 ODROID-XU3 Lite Development Board Powered by Exynos 5422 Octa Core Processor

Hardkernel is known for their low cost Exynos based ODROID boards such as the $59 ODROID U3 board based on Exynos 4412 quad core SoC, and with ODROID-XU3, they also have a more powerful Octa-core Exynos 5422 board which sells for a premium price of $179. The company has now decided to offer a cheaper version of the board, which they call “ODROID-XU3 Lite” and lacks DisplayPort, the current and voltage sensors, and uses an Exynos 5422 processor clocked at 1.8/1.3 GHz instead of 2.0+/1.4 GHz for the original board. Price? A cool $99.

ODROID_XU3_LiteODROID-XU3 Lite specifications:

  • SoC – Samsung Exynos 5422 quad core ARM Cortex-A15 @ 1.8GHz quad core ARM Cortex-A7 @ 1.3GHz in big.LITTLE configuration with Mali-T628 MP6 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.0 / 2.0 / 1.1 and OpenCL 1.1 Full profile
  • System Memory – 2GB LPDDR3 RAM PoP (933Mhz, 14.9GB/s memory bandwidth, 2x32bit bus)
  • Storage – Micro SD slot (up to 64GB) + eMMC 5.0 module socket. Optional eMMC module reach 198MB/s (read) and 74MB/s (write)
  • Video Output – micro HDMI 1.4a,  up to 1080p60.
  • Audio Output – micro HDMI and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Network Connectivity – 10/100Mbps Ethernet (Via LAN95144 USB + Ethernet controller)
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 host port, 1x micro USB 3.0 OTG port, 4x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Expansion – 30-pin header for access to GPIO, IRQ, SPI and ADC signals
  • Debugging – Serial console header
  • Misc – Power and RGB LEDs, cooling fan header
  • Power Supply – 5V/4A power adapter using 5.5/2.1mm barrel, external backup battery.
  • Dimensions – PCBA: 94x70x18mm; Enclosure: 98x74x29mm

The company also offers optional USB 2.0/3.0 dongles for Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, and SATA.

ODROID-XU3 Lite Block Diagranm (Click to Enlarge)
ODROID-XU3 Lite Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

You can run Ubuntu 14.04 with OpenGL ES and OpenCL support or Android 4.4.x both on top of Linux kernel 3.10 LTS. ODROID-XU3 achieves 50,313 points in Antutu 5.1, and although the core for the Lite should be slightly lower due to the lower operating frequency, it still means you’ll get one of the fastest devices available.

ODROID-XU3 Lite comes with a 5V/4A power supply, an enclosure, a heatsink, and a fan, just like the original version, and you can purchase it directly from Hardkernel, or if your live in the US or Europe receptively via Ameridroid or Pollin Electronics. Bear in mind there;’s no storage, so you’ll either need to use a (Class 10) micro SD card, or for even faster performance, purchase one of the eMMC module for an extra $39 to $79.

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.

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Bo
5 years ago

Awesome! However, in the US the board will retail for a few dollars more than $99 to defray import costs, and the US distributor is “ameriDroid”, not “Ameroid”. 😉

newbie
newbie
5 years ago

There isnt SPDIF audio output 🙁
buying it for another 15bucks isnt solution…
http://hardkernel.com/main/products/prdt_info.php?g_code=G140081048224

ovidiu
5 years ago

Seems Odroid having same issues with implementing gigabit as default adapter as Amlogic and Rockchip , a big + for Allwinner A80 .

hoangdinh86
hoangdinh86
5 years ago

@ovidiu
Because they use “LAN9514 4-port Hi-Speed USB 2.0 hub and 10/100 Ethernet controllers from SMSC/Microchip” for low cost.

Armer
Armer
5 years ago

I love this board can run the OpenGL ES 3.0 application on Ubuntu.
http://youtu.be/tE5wJzItppU?t=1m14s

matt
matt
5 years ago

hum, this + 16Gb emmc = 149$.

Jetson TK1 which has tegra K1 and 16GB emmc onboard, display port and other pros is 199$.
The only plus here is the plastic case….

For the 99$ target, in the meanwhile rk3288 is truly about 99$ with emmc and remote, also S812 has become interesting while A80 seems really pricey for what it adds (hope to be wrong).

ovidiu
5 years ago

511 Mbps speed achieved on the Optimus A80 board LAN interface … still by far the best so far … compared to 482 Mbps imx6 cuboxi / matrix LAN interface.

I would like to see at least 800 Mbps speed on an ARM platform but hard to believe is this possible soon.

ovidiu
5 years ago

Problem of the rk3288 is that not suitable for IPTV linux backend … the pure linux support is way too poor for my taste on rockchip

ovidiu
5 years ago

im using the first XU for a small home use iptv backend at one of friends . is performing ok for a single user , its nice that have debian 7 installed with an good sundtek tuner , overall excellent performance for the first big.Little .

got some cubie a80 lubuntu images and will try to test them with A80 optimus board … i understand that there are no hardware differences on A80 platform so far , will simulate same type of iptv backend but with more clients connected.

anon
anon
5 years ago

Well, well, this threw a monkeywrench on my next gen headless distccd cluster plans, was planning to wait for Aarch64 cluster, but at $99 per board…

Hmm, the 64-bit K1, or the Opteron, will likely cost more than what their CPU performance gain is, best bang for the buck just might still be to build one more 32-bit gen cluster.

zooba
5 years ago


BananaPi does gigabit on A20.

Bo
5 years ago

@matt
I don’t know how much power the Jetson TK1 consumes, but it is probably considerably more than the XU3 Lite. In addition, it is also quite a bit larger, so it may not be suitable for some projects where physical size is a concern.

webrob123
webrob123
5 years ago

I have built a Raspberry Pi powered turntable that I use to capture images for photogrammetry. I use the GPIO pins on the Pi to control the stepper motor on my turntable and then have built a Docker container running on the Pi to send the resulting images directly to the cloud for processing. Would this board work for me or does it lack the GPIO pins (i.e. I need to buy an additional board to control the stepper motor). Perhaps I’m just getting confused, if I could use this board in place of my Pi that would be great… Read more »

anon
anon
5 years ago

There even might be GPU support via Tamil driver: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTg4Mjk

Hopefully that goes further than the author’s pretty much defunct Lima driver.

ade
ade
5 years ago
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