$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.

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21 Replies to “$99 ODROID-XU3 Lite Development Board Powered by Exynos 5422 Octa Core Processor”

  1. 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”. 😉

  2. @ovidiu
    That’s because there’s no Ethernet support in Exynos 5422.
    Gigabit Ethernet is working OK on one Rockchip RK3288 platform (Orion R28), but the others I tried seem to have issues.
    No GbE on Amlogic at all, at least for now.
    Allwinner A80 GbE is also working but performance is not so good. I’ve received a new power supply, so I’ll perform more tests on OptimusBoard soon.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. @ovidiu
    With OptimusBoard I get:
    [ 6] 0.0-60.0 sec 1.40 GBytes 200 Mbits/sec
    [ 4] 0.0-60.0 sec 4.73 GBytes 677 Mbits/sec

    So one direction is OK, and the other not so.

    Orion R28 has the best Gigabit Ethernet performance so far:
    [ 6] 0.0-60.0 sec 5.22 GBytes 747 Mbits/sec
    [ 4] 0.0-60.0 sec 5.74 GBytes 822 Mbits/sec

  6. @matt
    The eMMC found in $99 RK3288 TV boxes are not always very fast…

    Yes, you’re right, Rockchip is basically unusable for IPTV applications in Linux.
    Other options could be the Broadcom, ST Micro, Sigma Designs… STB chips, but they are probably more expensive, and they may not always want to work with small companies.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. @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.

  10. 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 as it would open up possibility of custom RAW image processing before sending images to the cloud due to faster CPU.

    I also saw this board which might be a good candidate if the GPIO pins could be used in the same way as on the PI, though probably at least half as slow:


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