Friday Video: Two more low-cost, ARM-based, embedded-Linux development boards from ODROID and Google

Recently, I published a list of 39 low-cost, ARM-based, embedded-Linux development boards. (See “39 low-cost boards for embedded Linux application development starting with Raspberry Pi. Want the list?”) I ran across two more of these dev boards this week that I think you will find very, very interesting.

The first is the $129.00 ODROID-X open mobile development platform based on the Samsung Exynos4412 ARM Multicore Application Processor with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processing complex. Did I mention it was $129??? ODROID takes PayPal.

Here’s a demo video of the board booting Ubuntu 12.04:

Then there’s the Google ADK 2012, a dev board you actually cannot buy—at least not yet—because it was a handout at the recent Google I/O conference held here in Silicon Valley. It’s based on an Atmel SAM3X ARM Cortex-M3 processor with 512Kbytes of Flash, 100Kbytes of RAM, and Bluetooth provided by a Texas Instruments CC2564. It will boot Android.

Since you aren’t likely to get your hands on an ADK 2012 tomorrow, here’s a long, long video introduction to the ADK 2012:


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2 Responses to Friday Video: Two more low-cost, ARM-based, embedded-Linux development boards from ODROID and Google

  1. You highlight a significant issue with these “low cost boards”, for mere mortals Raspberry PI is NOT something you could ever build for these price points. So while you might have fun learning on the device, you can’t then decide to go and build a real commercial device – because the bill of materials price-point is unrealistic. In addition to this, try to actually *buy* a Qualcomm, Samsung, or Broadcom chip from a supply chain you can trust and you will find none of these are “small volume friendly” sources. Freescale make an i.MX53 QuickStartBoard that retails for $149, Runs Linux, Ubuntu and Android (and there are WinCE BSPs). Yes that price is still somewhat subsidized cost (you could build 1000pcs of the exact same board for a little over $200/ea). But at least Freescale supports the industrial small volume customers. You can buy a Freescale processor through “normal” distribution channels, and officially they guarantee the product will be around for 10yrs (or 15 yrs for medical variants).

    It is an exciting time in the industry though! – where we see $10~$20 processors with huge amount of capability, and a great geek renaissance in programming in Linux and other environments!

  2. sleibson2 says:

    Excellent point, futurefreescaleguy. Some of these devices are only available to high-volume customers, for now. That’s always a consideration when developing end products that will have smaller production runs.

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