Insignal has this week unveiled a new addition to their range in the form of the Arndale Octa development board that is equipped with a Samsung Exynos 5420 processor.
The new Arndale Octa has been created specifically for developers and is proved at $179 and allows users to use all 8 cores at once or one set of cores at a time to save power.
The Samsung’s Exynos 5420 processor is an 8-core chip with 4 ARM Cortex-A15 processor cores and 4 ARM Cortex-A7 processors and its setup is shown in the diagram below.
The new Arndale Octa development board is also equipped with connectors for peripherals and debugging equipment and has been created for developers rather than casual users. Other features of the Arndale Octa include ARM Mali T-628 M6 graphics, 3GB of RAM, 1 x USB 3, 1 x USB 2, 10/100 Ethernet with support for microSD cards as well for storage expansion.
The Arndale Octa allows you to run Android or Ubuntu Linux as is available from the likes of PyrusTek and HowChip who will be stocking the board very soon.
SoC – Samsung Exynos 5420 octa core SoC with 4x Cortex A15 cores up to 1.8 GHz, 4x Cortex A7 cores up to 1.3 GHz in big.LITTLE configuration, and ARM Mali T-628 MP6 GPU
System Memory – 3GB LPDDR3e (14.9GB/s memory bandwidth)
Storage – eMMC 4.5 socket + microSD card slot. (Update: There may be a 4GB eMMC soldered to the board instead of an eMMC 4.5 socket, but that’s unclear for now).
Video Output – HDMI 1.4a
Audio I/O – Line IN & OUT (24-bit, 96KHz audio codec)
USB – 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0 device
Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet
Display Port MIPI DSI/eDP connector.
MIPI CIS 4 lanes connector for Camera
External Port: JTAG, HSIC, SPI, ADC, SDIO, UART
USB connector – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
Serial Debug connector