If you always wanted to develop hardware for the Android platform then you might want to look at the Arndale Octa Board. This is the latest Arndale developer board that allows anyone to build their own tablet, create a media center, or make an Android or Linux computer.
The previous Arndale board only used a Cortex-A15 1.7 GHz dual core processor but this latest model now uses the Exynos 5420 which is composed of an ARM Cortex-A15 Quad 1.8GHz + Cortex -A7 Quad 1.3GHz. The Arndale Octa Board comes at a pre-order price of $179 for the first one thousand orders but its regular retail price is going to be $199.00. Each order comes with a free serial debug board.
Arndale Octa Board Technical Specifications
- SoC – Samsung Exynos 5420 octa core SoC with 4x Cortex A15 cores up to 1.8 GHz, 4x Cortex A7 cores up to 1.3 GHz in big.LITTLE configuration, and ARM Mali T-628 MP6 GPU
- System Memory – 3GB LPDDR3e (14.9GB/s memory bandwidth)
- Storage – eMMC 4.5 socket + microSD card slot. (Update: There may be a 4GB eMMC soldered to the board instead of an eMMC 4.5 socket, but that’s unclear for now).
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4a
- Audio I/O – Line IN & OUT (24-bit, 96KHz audio codec)
- USB – 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0 device
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet
- On-board Connectors:
- Display Port MIPI DSI/eDP connector.
- MIPI CIS 4 lanes connector for Camera
- EBI Port
- External Port: JTAG, HSIC, SPI, ADC, SDIO, UART
- USB connector – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- Serial Debug connector
- Misc – Power switch and reset switch
- Power Supply – 5V/3A
One of the main features of this board is its use of the Exynos 5420 processor. This is an 8 core processor where all 8 cores can be used at the same time or just one set of the cores to save on power.
This board is definitely designed for developers and not for the casual Android user. It comes with all of the necessary features required to create for the Android environment.