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Old 12-30-2013, 07:46 AM   #1
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ODROID-U3 Community Edition: The Powerful Linux Computer 1.7GHz Quad-Core processor


Hi,

$59 open SBC runs Linux on quad-core Exynos;
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Hardkernel and its community Odroid project have announced an open-hardware single board computer based on Samsung’s quad-core 1.7GHz Exynos 4412 Prime SoC.

The Odroid-U3 is claimed to be “100 percent software compatible” with the Odroid-U2 that began shipping in Dec. 2012 and is now being discontinued. As with other Odroid SBCs, the U3 runs a variety of Linux OSes including Android, and is supported with discussion forums, schematics, source code, and documentation available at the Odroid open hardware community website.
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Summary of specs

Hardkernel lists these specifications for the Odroid-U3:

Processor — Samsung Exynos 4412 Prime SoC:
CPU — Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9, clocked at 1.7GHz
GPU — 3D accelerator Mali-400 Quad Core 440MHz
RAM — 2GB LP-DDR2 SDRAM
Storage:
MicroSD card socket
eMMC module socket
HDMI video interface:
Supports 1080p (H.264+AAC based MP4 container format)
micro HDMI connector
Audio — 3.5mm headphone jack
LAN — 10/100Mb Ethernet (RJ-45 Jack)
USB:
3x USB2.0 Host ports (standard A type connectors)
1x USB2.0 OTG Device port (Micro USB)
8-pin I/O expansion header — UART, IRQ, I2C, GPIO, power
Power — 5VDC @ 2A
Operating system — Xubuntu 13.10; U-Boot 2010.12; Linux kernel 3.0.x; Android 4.x
Dimensions — 83 x 48 x 22mm (with heatsink)
Weight — 48g (with heatsink)

ODROID-U3 Community Edition
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$59 is special price only for this community edition for personal use outside Korea. And the maximum order quantity is limited to one unit for one person. The first shipment starts from 14th of January. The ODROID Magazine will give you the full guide for it. http://magazine.odroid.com/


All ODROID-U2 software is fully compatible with ODROID-U3.
Be sure to check out the benchmark done between the Rpi & ODOID-U3. Of course ODOID-U3 being a Quad-Core and 2 GB RAM doesn't hurt.

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KEY FEATURES

* The Powerful Linux Computer
* 1.7GHz Quad-Core processor and 2GByte RAM
* 10/100Mbps Ethernet with RJ-45 LAN Jack
* 3 x High speed USB2.0 Host ports
* Audio codec with headphone jack on board
* XUbuntu 13.10 or Android 4.x Operating System
* Size : 83 x 48 mm, Weight : 48g including heat sink
* Package includes the main board and the heat sink

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Old 12-31-2013, 11:06 AM   #2
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I have a samsung smarttv (not so smart.. it goes to the internet but only with apps; no browser is available) and was thinking about installing a single board PC to it for having a look to youtube and few video in the net. Is this board spec enough for my use?
 
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Hi,

From a hardware perspective the ODROID-U3 is designed to provide more than the Rpi. Rpi was designed for a general computer usage for a audience/group that would use the device turn-key with minimal investment in hardware and computer knowledge.

Small SOC/ARM system like the ODROID-U3 are designed to have a wide use or purpose for hardware hackers or those suited to adapt such designs. Many are comparing ODROID-U3 to have as much power as a Samsung Galaxy S3. I personally would turn that statement around and say: ODROID-U3 has more power with designed hardware to allow one to utilize or interface their Galaxy S3 to the real world.

Happy computing New Year!
 
Old 01-01-2014, 12:03 PM   #4
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For YouTube you would probably still want Adobe Flash as not all the video is in HTML5. As far as I am aware there is no Flash version for ARM though there may be an open-source alternative like Gnash but you would need to investigate whether this would fulfil your needs.
 
Old 01-13-2014, 05:56 AM   #5
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I've not tested myself but I've read many reports of people using andoid's flash plugin on normal ARM linux distributions.
I'm interested by this hardware as it's delivering tons of computing power for a really contained price.
I wonder what's the support for this platform in the mainstream kernel ?
What are my alternatives for running custom ARM linux distributions on the ODROID-U3 ?
 
Old 01-13-2014, 06:56 AM   #6
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The $59 is just the board. The power supply and everything else seems extra. It does seem like a hefty computational device relative to most arm options at the moment. But the heatsink concerns me. And the lack of gigabit ethernet could limit it's retirement options when the next best thing comes out.
 
Old 01-13-2014, 08:03 AM   #7
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I had me have a cubietruck for christ mess last year. It only has dual core but sata and gig nic. Runs of 5v usb but for sata needs 2.5A power supply. All in all 80€ should be 100-120$ I say. Comes with default android 4.1 or 4.4 not sure. 8G of Flash. Right now running a debian on it. The linux-sunxi guys doing great work for arm. Desktop with lxde is working okay but can be a bit stubborn on webpage scrolling. There are 4 different OS now on the offical page and some custom debians floating around.
 
Old 01-14-2014, 12:52 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Shadow_7 View Post
The $59 is just the board. The power supply and everything else seems extra. It does seem like a hefty computational device relative to most arm options at the moment. But the heatsink concerns me. And the lack of gigabit ethernet could limit it's retirement options when the next best thing comes out.
Unless you buy am arm netbook, pda, phone or tablet I think most other low price options don't have the power supply included.
The Matrix ARM mini PC comes with heatsink and fan (it's only a quad core @ 1Ghz) but costs almost 3 time the price includes power supply. The interesting thing here is that you get wifi and 16Gb eMMC included in the bundle, a similar odroid-u3 setup including power and case woild cost about $120 and still lack Gb ethernet.
The trimslice with only a dual core @ 1Ghz and is said to get hot enough to cook eggs.
Personally I think the most restricting factors here are the lack of: Gb ethernet and SATA
 
  


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