Rapid Electronics stocking Raspberry Pi challenger – the UDOO

Rapid Electronics has announced that it is now stocking the UDOO, a single board embedded PC with around four times the processing power of the Raspberry Pi. The UDOO features a quad core ARM i.MX6 Freescale CPU processor which runs at 1GHz and packs 1GB of DDR3 RAM which enables developers, designers and roboteers to add much greater complexity to their projects.

According to Rapid versatility has been designed into the UDOO. It is fully compatible with Arduino hardware and software and it can run both Linux and Android. Changing the operating system ihas also been made easy – simply replace the micro SD card and reboot the device.

Starting life on the Kickstarter crowdsourcing website, the UDOO received enough pledges to fund the project twenty times over. The goals of the project were to develop a product for the growing applications market by offering a low cost embedded platform, suitable for the interactive arts, that has powerful tools including Processing, OpenCV, PureData and OpenFramework.

Its two processors – the i.MX6 and the dedicated Atmel SAM3X8E which provides full Arduino compatibility – are not the UDOO’s only features, others suitable for developers and beginners alike include:

  • 76 GPIO ports
  • Arduino compatible R3 1.0 pinout
  • External SD card support
  • Dedicated GPUs for 2D and 3D graphics and composition
  • Digital audio in/out
  • HDMI and LVDS + Touch
  • 2 x MicroUSB
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Type A and 1x USB 2.0
  • Analogue audio and mic jacks
  • CSI camera connection
  • RJ45 Ethernet
  • WiFi module SATA connector with power header

“It is really exciting to become the authorised UK distributor of UDOO”, said Rapid’s Richard Philpot.

“Imagine a computer comprising four Raspberry Pi’s and an Arduino Due, which can still be held in the palm of your hand, and you get an idea of the significance of UDOO. It has the potential to be a powerful tool for businesses and education, because it can be used for complex prototyping and can teach students so much about physical computing, software development and designing for interactive arts.”


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