Happy Friday! It's the last day of Kickstarter Week and it's time for the fifth and final board (at least for this week )! Today I present to you a particular powerhouse in Hardkernel's line: the Odroid-XU3! In short, this board is a BEAST. I am talking you hold it and think, "the force is strong in this one!" But more on that in a little bit. In case you haven't caught on to my pattern here,(Out of Box Analysis: BeagleBone Black ***PRIZE POST***, Out of Box Analysis: Freescale Freedom KL25Z ***PRIZE POST***, Out of Box Analysis: Arduino Due ***PRIZE POST*** and Out of Box Analysis: Nordic nRF51822-mKIT ***PRIZE POST***) I have a giveaway!
You can WIN an Odroid-XU3!
It's super simple: just comment below and tell us what you would make with this board. Each person who submits their idea will be entered into a drawing on December 15, 2014. Submissions will be closed on Monday, December 15 at 1 PM PST and the winner will be announced that day by 5 PM PST.
By beast I mean this board leverages the power of the Samsung Exynos5422 Cortex-A15 2.0Ghz quad core and Cortex-A7 quad core CPUs and a Mali-T628 MP6 (OpenGL ES 3.0/2.0/1.1 and OpenCL 1.1 Full profile). Count the cores because this board means business! Yes, I'm gushing, but you get my point: this is the board you choose if you are working on a processing-dense project like designing a game that captures hand-movements using OpenCV and translates them into nice, clean graphics on the screen. Let's get to the action!
[Image courtesy of ameriDroid.com]
From a design aspect I have needed to take the physical size of the board into account, what voltage supply/ battery pack to purchase, the number of break out pins available for sensors, price and available documentation. These aspects have therefore been taken down in case they are important to anyone else’s design.
The benchmarking for software was determined by the environments, native languages, time to get started and the like
Ubuntu 14.04 + OpenGL ES + OpenCL on Kernel LTS 3.10
Android 4.4.2 on Kernel LTS 3.10
//Note, I got rid of programming environments because it doesn't quite fit this board
Whenever you take on a new project it is always nice to see what other people have done. Therefore the last section is dedicated to the resources already available.
What I appreciate about the Odroid-XU3
This board is meant for some heavy-duty work. If you want to make it your new desktop machine it can handle the load, if you want to start developing 3D games (which seems to be the most popular option for this board) it's good for that too! Personally when I get some time (AKA after finals) I want to try playing with OpenCV applications on it. With great power comes a serious amount of add-ons to get it started but once you're over that hurdle you can enjoy the ride.
*Warning on biases: I am a senior Computer Engineering student with a background in embedded systems. I have worked with a variety of ARM-based boards for projects over the years. I acknowledge that I have my own set of preferences based off of what has worked well in the past but I have tried to be as impartial as possible since not everyone has the same project goals.I am an intern at ARM but these opinions are my own. If you have had a different experience I welcome your feedback!
i want one plzz i want to make htpc with it and use it as a headless system for torrent uploads
Out of Box Analysis Board Winners!
I will build an incredible XMBC machine, with cloud.
This is amazing, i didn't know that this even exist . And how cool is 64GB eMMC Module? lol
I would build first laptop for my daughter.
I will replace my PC @ Intel (Q6600). Im currently using @Ubuntu the software : Chrome, Darktable, GNU Radio, GQRX, FLDigi. I think that works fine on Cortex-A15 and Full HD HDMI output. I want also test the Linux-KVM on this.