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 🙂
- 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+)
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).