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Rapid – Enter UDOO – a single-board embedded PC with four times the processing power of the Raspberry Pi

Mar 7 2014 - Design & Manufacture [More Design & Manufacture Articles]

A new single-board embedded PC with around four times the processing power of the Raspberry Pi is now exclusively available from UK distributor Rapid Electronics.

The UDOO features a quad core ARM i.MX6 Freescale CPU processor which runs at 1GHz and packs 1GB of DDR3 RAM. This enables developers, designers and roboteers to add an unprecedented degree of complexity to their projects, because the UDOO also has the added benefit of full compatibility with Arduino hardware and software. Versatility is fundamental with the UDOO, as it can run both Linux and Android. Changing the operating system is as easy as replacing the micro SD card and rebooting 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 designed to excite experienced developers and beginners alike: 1 – 76 GPIO ports 2 – Arduino compatible R3 1.0 pinout 3 – External SD card support 4 – Dedicated GPUs for 2D and 3D graphics and composition 5 – Digital audio in/out 6 – HDMI and LVDS + Touch 7 – 2 x MicroUSB 8 – 2 x USB 2.0 Type A and 1x USB 2.0 9 – Analog audio and mic jacks 10 – CSI camera connection 11 – RJ45 Ethernet 12 – 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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