The ODROID-C2 is a 64-bit quad-core Single Board Computer (SBC) that is one of the most cost-effective 64-bit development boards available in the ARM world.
The ODROID-C2 is esteemed to be the most powerful low-cost single board computer available, as well as being an extremely versatile device. Featuring a quad-core Amlogic processor, advanced Mali GPU, and Gigabit Ethernet, it can function as a home theater set-top box, a general purpose computer for web browsing, gaming and socializing, a compact tool for college or office work, a prototyping device for hardware tinkering, a controller for home automation, a workstation for software development, and much more.
Some of the modern operating systems that run on the ODROID-C2 are Ubuntu, Android, Fedora, ARCHLinux, Debian, and OpenELEC, with thousands of free open-source software packages available. The ODROID-C2 is an ARM device – the most widely used architecture for mobile devices and embedded 64-bit computing. The ARM processor’s small size, reduced complexity and low power consumption makes it very suitable for miniaturized devices such as wearables and embedded controllers.
It can run Ubuntu, Android 5.1*, and other Linux OS distributions.
|Processor||Amlogic S905 : Quad Core Cortex™-A53 (ARMv8 64bit) processor with Triple Core Mali-450 GPU|
|RAM||2GByte DDR3 (32bit / 912Mhz)|
|eMMC module socket||8GB/64GB : Toshiba|
eMMC 16GB/32GB : Sandisk iNAND Extreme
The eMMC storage access time is 2-3 times faster than the SD card. You can purchase 4 size options: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Using an eMMC module will increase speed and responsiveness, similar to the way in which upgrading to a Solid State Drive (SSD) in a typical PC also improves performance over a mechanical hard drive (HDD).
|Micro Secure Digital (MicroSD) Card slot||There are two different methods of storage for the operating system.|
One is by using a MicroSD Card and another is using an eMMC module, which is normally used for external storage for smartphones and digital cameras.
The ODROID-C2 can utilize the newer UHS-1 SD model, which is about 2 times faster than a normal class 10 card.
Note that there are some cards which needs additional booting delay time around 30 seconds.
According to our test, most Sandisk Micro-SD cards don't cause the booting delay. We will make a compatibility list soon.
|5V2A DC input||his is for 5V power input, with an inner diameter of 0.8mm, and an outer diameter of 2.5mm. The ODROID-C2 consumes less than 0.5A in most cases, but it can climb to 2A if many passive USB peripherals are attached directly to the main board.|
|USB host ports||There are four USB 2.0 host ports.|
You can plug a keyboard, mouse, WiFi adapter, storage or many other devices into these ports.
You can also charge your smartphone with it! If you need more than 4 ports, you can use a powered external USB hub to reduce the power load on the main device.
|HDMI port||We used the Type-A standard-HDMI connector.|
|Ethernet RJ-45 jack||The standard RJ45 Ethernet port for LAN connection supports 10/100/1000Mbps speed.|
Green LED Flashes when there is 100Mbps connectivity
Yellow(Orange) LED Flashes when there is 1000Mbps connectivity
|Status / Power LEDs||The ODROID-C2 has four indicator LEDs that provide visual feedback.|
Red LED : Power Hooked up to 5V power
Alive Solid light : u-boot is running
Flashing : Kernel is running (heart beat)
|Infrared (IR) receiver||This is a remote control receiver module that can accept standard 37.9Khz carrier frequency based wireless data in NEC format.|
|Micro USB OTG port||You can use the standard micro-USB connector with Linux Gadget drivers on your host PC, which means that the resources in the ODROID-C2 can be shared with typical PCs.|
You can also add a micro-USB to HOST connector if you need an additional USB host port.
Note that this port cannot be used for power input if you have the original C1. C1+ can accept the power input.
|General Purpose Input and Output (GPIO) ports||These 40pin GPIO port can be used as GPIO/I2C/UART/ADC for electronics and robotics.|
The 40 GPIO pins on an ODROID-C2 are a great way to interface with physical devices like buttons and LEDs using a lightweight Linux controller.
If you’re a C/C++ or Python developer, there’s a useful library called WiringPi that handles interfacing with the pins. We’ve already ported the WiringPi v2 library to ODROID-C2.
Note that all the GPIO ports are 3.3Volt. The ADC inputs are limited to 1.8Volt.
|Serial console port||Connecting to a PC gives access to the Linux console.|
You can see the log of the boot, or to log in to the C2 to change the video or network settings.
Note that this serial UART uses a 3.3 volt interface. We recommend the USB-UART module kit from Hardkernel.
Molex 5268-04a(2.5mm pitch) is mounted on the PCB. Its mate is Molex 50-37-5043 Wire-to-Board Crimp Housing.
|Gigabit Ethernet PHY||Realtek RTL8211F is a highly integrated Ethernet transceiver that complies with 10Base-T, 100Base-TX, and 1000Base-T IEEE 802.3 standards.|
|USB MTT hub controller||GENESYS LOGIC GL852G is used to implement the 4-port Hub function which fully complies with Universal Serial Bus Specification Revision 2.0.|
|USB VBUS controller||NCP380 Protection IC for USB power supply from OnSemi.|
|Power switch port||You can add a slide switch or rocker switch on this port if you want to implement a hardware on/off switch.|
If this port is closed, the power is off.
If this port is opened, the power is on.
|Power supply circuit||Discrete DC-DC converters LDOs are used for CPU/DRAM/IO power supply.|
|Power protector IC||NCP372 Over-voltage, Over-current, Reverse-voltage protection IC from OnSemi.|
Due to the limited power output from a computer's USB port, we suggest only powering the ODROID-C2 with a good quality 5V/2A PSU