Are you interested in developing and designing software for the Android platform? In order to get started you are going to need the right tools and one of the tools needed is a dev board. This is the main hardware that does all the processing work and can be connected with various input and output accessories.
One of the newest dev boards to hit the market is the Radxa Rock which comes with a quad core processor and costs $99. The price might be higher than most low cost dev boards in the market, such as the ODROID-U3 at $59; however it does have some extra feature not found in other models.
Radxa Rock already comes with an onboard 8GB NAND Flash memory which means you won’t need to buy any eMMC storage. If this storage space isn’t enough for you then you can expand this using a Micro SD (SDXC) up to 128GB. It also comes with a translucent plastic snap on case making it more rugged.
Radxa Rock Technical Specifications
- SoC: Rockchip RK3188
- CPU: ARM Cortex-A9 quad core 1.6 GHz
- Memory: 1GB/ 2GB DDR3 at 800 MHz
- Storage: 4GB/ 8GB NAND Flash, Micro-SD SDXC up to 128GB
- GPU: [email protected], OpenGL ES 2.0
- Digital video: HDMI 1.4 up to [email protected]
- WiFi: 150Mbps 802.11b/g/n with antenna
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 (2GB Kit only)
- Audio: S/PDIF, headphone jack
- USB Host: 2 USB 2.0 standard A type
- USB OTG: USB OTG micro-USB connector
- Serial: Serial Console for debugging
- IR: Support self defined IR remote
- Buttons: Power, recovery, reset
- LED: 3 programmable LEDs
- RTC: Support power off alarm
- Extend Header: 80 pins including GPIO, I2C, SPI, Line in, USB 2.0, PWM, ADC, LCD, GPS, plus more
The Radxa Rock features a powerful Rockchip RK3188 that will provide you with the needed power to run any software. Speaking of software, this device can run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Ubuntu Linux, and even dual boot between both operating systems.
This board has various connectivity options such as WiFi, Ethernet, HDMI, USB and a MicroSD slot, and an optional Bluetooth. There’s also an extended IO interface which allows more access to the SoC functionality.
Enthusiasts and those who love to work on DIY projects on the Android platform should definitely check this board out.