Conrad Business Supplies has been selected as an authorised distributor for the UDOO prototyping board that has been designed to provide a powerful and flexible environment in which users can explore Android, Linux, Arduino and Google ADK applications and begin projects with ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) functionality. The UDOO project was successfully funded through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, raising funds from over 4,000 backers.
A joint effort between SECO and AIDILAB, UDOO is a board based on a dual or quad core ARM cortex-A9 CPU with a dedicated ARM processor for General Purpose In Out (GPIO) helping it deliver high performance both on Android and Linux operating systems.
UDOO is aimed at developers ranging from students to experienced engineers, and has a highly integrated peripheral set for connectivity and communication including Ethernet and WiFi. It runs an ARM optimised version of Linux Ubuntu called Linaro; a not-for-profit engineering organisation consolidating and optimising open source Linux software and tools for the ARM architecture. The Linaro environment has everything needed for programming; for example developers can use the Arduino IDE to build and upload sketches to the Arduino-compatible embedded board, without additional or external cable connections. Other Linux distributions and tools, such as Debian Wheezy armHF, Ubuntu Studio armHF, OpenMediaVault, Volumio, Yocto, Debian, XBMC, Archlinux and ROS are also available. The platform also allows users to switch between Linux and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in a matter of seconds simply by replacing the Micro SD card and rebooting the system.
The comprehensive specification of the UDOO platform includes features such as integrated graphics, 76 fully available GPIOs, HDMI and LVDS+Touch, a WiFi module, plus gigabit Ethernet at 1,000 MBit/s, USB, Mini USB, and type A USB connectivity (x2). Despite incorporating such a full set of features, UDOO has overall dimensions of just 11 cm x 8.5 cm helping to ease integration into customer designs.
“UDOO is an exciting open source feature packed platform which will enable a wide range of developers and makers to begin exploring the potential of Internet of Things applications and solutions,” said Shawn Silberhorn, Supplier Business Development Manager, Category Business Supplies.