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    Re: Shiny new toy: ODROID-U2

    Looks like Hardkernel is comming out with some new versions of the X boards. Now with 8 cores, USB 3, ...
    http://www.hardkernel.com/renewal_20...=G137510300620

  2. Re: Shiny new toy: ODROID-U2

    Wow. That's impressive. First batch expected for Sept 10.

    I just ordered a second U2, but until they release a smaller version of the new one I won't even be mad
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  3. Re: Shiny new toy: ODROID-U2

    Second ODROID-U2 skinned too, this time much less violently. The connectors are intact, as well as all the pads, so if needed I can just re-solder them It's been a good desoldering exercise (for contrast, the first one saw the painful death of all its connectors in the removal process).


    Anyway, It now weights 12g (compared to the original 34g), and will take its place as the second brain of my MW bot... The first brain being a Beaglebone black.
    For the heat sink, I will use some old copper to create a heat pipe that will go to the chassis, and probably add a fan on top of that.

    Both will talk through Ethernet, via a TL-WR710N wifi router/Eternet switch that will see some pretty important modifications too (remove mains power supply, remove connectors, cut the board to a smaller size). It will act as a WiFi AP when I'm traveling, and can also be made to connect to another AP as a client if needed.
    Or maybe I'll put a full on Ethernet switch to be able to have a cable for Internet when I need it, not sure. Anyway that's for another thread.
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  4. #34

    Re: Shiny new toy: ODROID-U2

    What servos are carrying all this goodness?

  5. Re: Shiny new toy: ODROID-U2

    Not sure yet.

    I bought some of Tyb's RX-28 that I might mod a lot (replace the electronics, do unspeakable things to the case...), and add some AX-18... or go the full-custom route. I have some pretty silly ideas for this robot, ideas that could make it awefully awesome or just not work, depending on the level of insanity I can unleash.
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  6. #36

    Re: Shiny new toy: ODROID-U2

    I was going to say something about crazy French engineers, but then I realized that, objectively speaking, I'm probably crazy, too. So, nevermind.

    Is the new Odroid really 8-core? It says "quad core" on the spec sheet. Or I'm reading the wrong thing.

  7. Re: Shiny new toy: ODROID-U2

    Quote Originally Posted by jwatte View Post
    I was going to say something about crazy French engineers, but then I realized that, objectively speaking, I'm probably crazy, too. So, nevermind.
    Oh how I wish it was a French thing... I'm kind of lonely on this part of the world :/


    Quote Originally Posted by jwatte View Post
    Is the new Odroid really 8-core? It says "quad core" on the spec sheet. Or I'm reading the wrong thing.
    It's kind of both it seems: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARM_big.LITTLE
    Strange stuff.

    What i'm sure of is that I have no regret, the ODROID-XU / XU LITE are too big, and the U2 will probably have more horsepower than I will need, even with multithreaded computer vision.
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  8. #38

    Re: Shiny new toy: ODROID-U2

    I need to get back to playing with my U2. It is a great CPU. May need to make some similar modifications, although I probably won't go as far. Mainly I need to redo the power connections as their connector does not work well at all. With my WallWart that I purchased from them, I have to jiggle it around and get to some wierd angle to have it make contact. And then if I touch anything, it looses power momentarily and I reboots...

    May work with this one again on the PhantomX once I get the other stuff done.

    Kurt

  9. #39

    Re: Shiny new toy: ODROID-U2

    I was thinking about actually mounting the U2 on one of my Robots, but I think instead I will order a U3(http://hardkernel.com/main/products/prdt_info.php), which looks like it will be a lot easier to mount. They won't start shipping until next month some time, but like some of the changes. Things like the heatsink is not so big, plug 3 USB, plus a plug for audio, plus may want to test out the IO board.

  10. Re: Shiny new toy: ODROID-U2

    Nice alternative to the cubic-shaped U2 indeed!
    I'm still hoping to find some time to mount mine (completely flattened without the connectors), I will use it in a BBBk/tp-wr702/U2 sandwich that will be just a little bit thicker than a BBBk+proto cape
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