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ODROID-C2 64-bit Development Board based on Amlogic S905 now available for $40

In early February, we reported on the development board from Hardkernel (Hardkernel co., Ltd.) called ODROID-C2. The ODROID-C2 is a 64-bit quad-core Single Board Computer (SBC) that is one of the most cost-effective 64-bit development boards available in the ARM world. The ODROID-C2 is dev board based on Amlogic S905. Hardkernel decided to launch sale ODROID-C2, exactly in the same day as Raspberry Pi Foundation also decided launch your latest Raspberry Pi 3 board. Coincidence, we do not believe 🙂

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ODROID-C2 specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S905 quad core cortex-A53 processor with 3+2 cores Mali-450 GPU
  • Memory – 2GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage – eMMC module socket with 8, 16, 32, or 64GB module by Toshiba or Sandisk + micro SD slot supporting UHS-1 SD cards.
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8211F)
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports + micro USB OTG port
  • Expansion Header
    • 40-pin header with GPIO, I2C, UART, and ADC ; All I/Os are 3.3V, except ADC that is limited to 1.8V.
    • I2S interface
  • Debugging – Serial console port (3.3V)
  • Misc – Status & power LEDs, IR receiver, boot selector, power jumper
  • Power Supply –  5V/2A DC input via 0.8mm/2.5mm power barrel, or micro USB port (selectable via jumper)
  • Power Consumption – Less than 500mA in most cases, and up to 2A with USB peripherals
  • Dimensions – 85 x 56mm (Same as ODROID-C1+)

 

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ODROID-C2 can be pre-ordered for $40 + shipping on Hardkernel website, as well as via distributors such as Ameridroid with shipping scheduled for March 4, 2016.

While the ODROID-C2 costs $5 more than a Raspberry Pi 3 ($35), it does have a faster processor, twice as much memory, Gigabit Ethernet, and a number of other features which could make it faster than the new Raspberry Pi:

  • The processor is based on the same Cortex A53 cores but clocked @ 2.0 GHz instead of 1.2 GHz, meaning integer performance is likely to be around 67% faster.
  • 2GB RAM instead of 1 GB RAM
  • HDMI 2.0 with 4K video output instead of just 1080p @ 60 Hz
  • H.265 and 4K hardware video decoding both of which are missing in Broadcom BCM2837 processor found in Raspberry Pi 3
  • Gigabit Ethernet instead of Fast Ethernet
  • eMMC module support (at extra cost), while RPi boards only support micro SD card boot
  • Built-in IR receiver
  • Support Ubuntu 16.04 or Android 5.1 Lollipop based on Kernel 3.14LTS

The Hardkernel ODROID-C2 also can support eMMC 5.0 and/or microSD card storage. If you want an eMMC module, you’ll need to pay $18 to $59 extra to get a model configured with 8GB to 64GB of storage. The Raspberry Pi 3 also has some advantages with Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, SPI support, and composite video and stereo audio output (ODROID-C2 also has composite output but it needed to be soldered).

Source: CNXSoft and Liliputing