UDOO – The Future of Prototyping
UDOO have announced a new board (well, mini-PC) called the UDOO (pronounced you-do). This beast is a cross between an Arduino and a Raspberry Pi (well four Raspberry Pi’s – quad core). This little beast can run either Linux or Android, and has what is basically an Arduino Due built in. As far as prototyping boards go, this is looking to be a powerhouse of a machine.
UDOO is open hardware, and is based around an ARM iMX6 Freescale processor, as well as the ARM SAM3X from the Arduino Due. The UDOO lets you run the Arduino IDE on the Linux side, and upload sketches to the Arduino side.
The UDOO is a nice and compact board at 11cm x 8.5cm. It is low power and comes in both dual and quad code 1GHz variants with 1GB of DDR3 RAM. Here’s the specs from the UDOO website:
- Freescale i.MX 6 ARM Cortex-A9 CPU Dual/Quad core 1GHz
- Integrated graphics, each processor provides 3 separated accelerators for 2D, OpenGL® ES2.0 3D and OpenVG™
- Atmel SAM3X8E ARM Cortex-M3 CPU (same as Arduino Due)
- RAM DDR3 1GB
- 54 Digital I/O + Analog Input (Arduino-compatible R3 1.0 pinout)
- HDMI and LVDS + Touch (I2C signals)
- Ethernet RJ45 (10/100/1000 MBit)
- WiFi Module
- Mini USB and Mini USB OTG
- USB type A (x2) and USB connector (requires a specific wire)
- Analog Audio and Mic
- SATA (Only Quad-Core version)
- Camera connection
- Micro SD (boot device)
- Power Supply (5-12V) and External Battery connector
As you can see its shaping up to be a little monster of a prototyping board. It will also be an open source hardware project, and you will be able to download all the schematics for free via a CC licence.
How Do I Get One?
The UDOO has more than reached its target funding, so this is a very real project. You can still donate to them, and it is scheduled for release in September 2013.
UPDATE: The UDOO is now available to buy.