Menu
Make a $40 Linux or Android PC with new Raspberry Pi 2 rival

Make a $40 Linux or Android PC with new Raspberry Pi 2 rival

Hardkernel's Odroid-C2 supports 4K video and gaming

If you want to build a powerful $40 Linux or Android PC with 4K video support, consider Hardkernel's Odroid-C2 computer.

The developer board is an uncased computer like the popular Raspberry Pi 2, which sells for $35. But South Korea-based Hardkernel claims Odroid-C2 has more horsepower than its popular rival and can be a desktop replacement.

The popularity of single-board computers has grown with more people developing robots, wearables, drones and other devices. Few boards have been designed to be desktop replacements, and the that are powerful enough, like Nvidia's Jetson and Rockchip-backed Firefly, are priced over $200.

The Odroid-C2 can run full instances of Ubuntu 16.04 or Android 5.1. But the board's strong suit is graphics, and the computer could make an interesting Android or Linux-based gaming PC.

A 4K monitor can be attached to Odroid-C2 through an HDMI 2.0 port. The board has ARM's latest Mali-450 MP3 GPU and a video acceleration chip that can render H.265 4K video streams at 60 frames per second.

The board has an ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit CPU -- which is used in smartphones, tablets, PCs and servers -- and 2GB of DDR3 RAM. It has a Gigabit Ethernet port, USB 2.0 ports, microSD slot and eMMC slot.

If used as a Linux desktop, it is possible to put a heat sink and fan on the board.

The board can also be used as an alternative to Raspberry Pi 2 for the development of electronics and IoT devices. It has GPIO, I2C, I2S and UART ports. However, it doesn't support Microsoft's Windows 10 IoT core OS, which works with Raspberry Pi 2.

The Odroid-C2 will start shipping on March 4 with Ubuntu pre-installed, according to the company.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018

After Hours made a welcome return to the channel social calendar with a bumper crowd of partners, distributors and vendors descending on The Jefferson in Auckland to kick-start 2018. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018
Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

In 2017, merger and acquisitions fever reached new heights in New Zealand, with a host of big name deals dominating the headlines. Reseller News recaps the most important transactions of the Kiwi channel during the past 12 months.

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017
Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

The channel in New Zealand came together to celebrate the close of 2017, as the final After Hours played out in front of a bumper Auckland crowd.

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours
Show Comments