UDOO x86 Kickstarter

UDOO x86 Kickstarter

April 22, 2016
Author: Nikolai K.

UDOO currently has a Kickstarter campaign for what they call the most powerful Maker board to date: the UDOO x86 (compare to the original board here). This new board is advertised to be 10 times as fast as the Raspberry Pi 3 and the Basic board starts at $89 with an expected delivery date of November 2016.

The board is powered by an Intel Quad-Core processor (up to 2.0 GHz for Basic, up to 2.24 GHz for Advanced, and up to 2.56 GHz for the Ultra board). The Basic board comes with 2 GB of RAM and the higher cost models are slated to have 4 GB of RAM. The board has 8GB eMMC flash memory storage, but has a SATA and an M.2 connector for additional hard-drives. The UDOO x86 comes with Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity.

The UDOO is a powerful single board computer with an Arduino 101-compatible GPIO pinout, which makes it compatible with all Arduino 101-compatible shields, sketches, and libraries. The board has a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope. A cool feature is the interconnectivity of the Arduino and the Quad-core processor, which allows the low-power consumption Arduino to start and wake up the high power consumption computer portion, which can potentially extend battery life for your IoT (Internet of Things) device as it allows your computer to react to the environment only when required to.

Currently, the Kickstarter campaign is fully funded and has over 1 month left to go and can be found here. As always, keep the potential dangers and delivery problems of crowd-funding campaigns in mind.