UDOO Neo Development Board is Powered by Freescale i.MX 6SoloX Processor

UDOO boards combine a Freescale i.MX6 dual or quad core processor with an external Atmel SAM3X MCU that’s programmable as an Arduino board, so as Freescale has now formally announced their i.MX 6SoloX processor with a Cortex A9 core running Linux and Android, and a Cortex M4 core running MQX real-time operating systems, it was logical that the company would soon launch a low cost development board based on this heterogeneous processor. Meet UDOO Neo. UDOO_NeoUDOO Neo board specifications:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX 6SoloX ARM Cortex-A9 core @ 1GHz and ARM Cortex-M4 Core with 2D/3D GPU
  • System Memory – 512MB or 1GB DDR3 (only Plus version)
  • Storage – On-board NOR SPI Flash, micro SD slot, 8-bit SDIO interface (on headers)
  • Video Input/Output
    • micro HDMI port
    • LVDS interface + touch (I2C signals)
    • Analog camera connection supporting NTSC and PAL
    • 8-bit Parallel camera interface (on headers)
  • Audio – HDMI
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 Type A ports, 1x USB OTG (micro-AB connector)
  • Connectivity –  10/100Mbps RJ45 connector,  Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (including Wi-Fi Direct Mode SmartConfig), Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
  • Arduino compatible and extended GPIOs headers providing access to:
    • Serial – 3x UART ports, 2x CAN Bus
    • 8x PWM
    • 1x I2C interface, 1x SPI interface
    • 6x multiplexable signals
    • 36 GPIOs
    • 6 Analog inputs
  • Sensors – 3-Axis Accelerometer, 3-Axis Magnetometer, 3-Axis Digital Gyroscope
  • Misc – Coin Cell RTC Battery Connector, Green Power Status LED, Configurable Red LED
  • Power Supply – 5V DC Micro USB;  6-15V DC Power Jack
  • Dimensions – 56mm x 68.6mm [Update: LinuxGizmos reports it’s likely to be 80 x 56mm. I’ve checked the picture below and found a Length/Width ratio of 1.44, so that seems correct]

UDOO_Neo_Top_BottomUDOO Neo will run Android & Linux, and the Cortex-M4 MCU will be compatible with Arduino environment, offering an integrated single chip solution for applications requiring both Linux and Arduino. The company claims the board will be open source, but based on the files released for their UDOO dual and quad, that probably means schematics (PDF), mechanical files, as well as resources for Linux / Arduino development will be released. UDOO has also released some fun and useful tutorials for their boards in the past.

Both UDOO Neo and Neo Plus do not appear to be shipping just yet, and pricing information has not been released either. You can checkout the board at Embedded World 2015, at Hall 4, Stand 539 on February 24-26, 2015. More information should eventually surfaced on UDOO Neo product page.

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