Expected to be used by students and development engineers, the board runs an ARM-optimised version of Linux Ubuntu called Linaro. This means developers can use the Arduino IDE to build and upload sketches to the Arduino-compatible embedded board, without additional or external cable connections.
Linaro is a not-for-profit organisation, created (by ARM among others) to foster the takeup of open source projects in such Linux-based distributions such as Android, LiMo, MeeGo, Ubuntu and webOS.
Other Linux distributions and tools, such as Debian Wheezy armHF, Ubuntu Studio armHF, OpenMediaVault, Volumio, Yocto, Debian, XBMC, Archlinux and ROS are also available. The platform also allows users to switch between Linux and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in a matter of seconds simply by replacing the Micro SD card and rebooting the system.
“UDOO is a truly exciting open source feature packed platform which will enable a wide range of developers and makers to begin exploring the potential of internet of things applications and solutions,” said Shawn Silberhorn, supplier business development manager, Conrad.
The (11cm x 8.5cm) board includes features 76 fully available GPIOs, HDMI and LVDS+Touch, a WiFi module, plus gigabit Ethernet at 1,000 MBit/s, USB, Mini USB, and type A USB connectivity (x2).