While it’s quite easy to find displays for development boards, they do not always come with a case, so you’d have to make your own. One easier option for the Raspberry Pi boards is the official Raspberry Pi 7″ LCD touch screen Display, plus RS Premium touchscreen case that selling for $132 in total including Raspberry Pi 3 board. But Hardkernel has now launched their own ODROID-VU8C 8″ Touch Display Shell Kit compatible with ODROID-C1+ and ODROID-C2 boards.
- 8-inch TFT-LCD with 1024×768 resolution (4:3 ratio)
- 10 finger capacitive touch input
- Back-light brightness control with ODROID GPIO PWM
- Viewing angle : Left 75, Right 75, Up 75, Down 75 degree
- Screen Dimensions : 189 x 149 x 29 mm
- Viewable screen size : 162 x121.5 mm (active area)
- Power Supply – 5V/4A DC to power barrel (powering both the LCD and ODROID ARM Linux board)
- Power consumption – 700mA/5Volt (Only LCD and display controller)
- Plastic bottom case
- DVI to LVDS Converter board
- HDMI dual gender board
- 8 x 3.5mm screws; 2port jumper cable
- Cables – Micro-to-Micro USB Cable (approx. 8cm), Micro-to-TypeA USB Cable (approx. 20cm)
You’ll have to provide your own ODROID-C1+ or ODROID-C2 board, micro SD card or eMMC module, and assemble the kit. Bear in mind that after assembly, it’s not possible, or rather not convenient, to remove the micro SD card or eMMC module. It works with both Android and Linux operating system, but you’ll have to make sure you use a recent version of the firmware (Linux 3.10.80-128 or higher) and change boot.ini file to 1024×768 (60Hz) resolution (setenv m “1024x768p60hz”) and DVI mode (setenv vout_mode “dvi”). The hardware design is interesting as they’ve used a DVI to RGB converter and a RGB to LVDS converter, instead of just a DVI to LVDS converter, maybe because it’s hard to find?
If you still want to access the 40-pin GPIO header in the panel, you can do so easily through the “cutting line ” on the case.
ODROID-VU8C sells for $90 on Hardkernel website, to which you’d need to add about $32/$40 for ODROID-C1+/C2 board, and shipping. If you’re based in North America, it will be better to purchase the kit from Ameridroid instead, Alternatively the company has other 5″ and 7″ display solutions for their board, but AFAIK there’s no specific case.
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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