Korean mini PC maker Hardkernel announced its new ODROID-XU mini PC based on Samsung’s Exynos 5 Oxta SoC CPU, but the company also released news of a second model, the ODROID-XU+E, which has all of the features of the XU model but incorporates power consumption measurement electronics.
The new ODROID-XU+E features four current sensors to allow software to monitor power consumption in four systems areas – the Cortex A15 CPU cores, the Cortex A7 cores, the GPU power and DDR3 RAM power consumption. The idea is that software developers can monitor the power consumption of their code and possibly optimise for apps where power consumption is a priority.
The Exynos 5 Octa features four Cortex A15 cores alongside four Cortex A7 cores, although only four cores can be operational at any one time. The SoC CPU features a decent PowerVR SGX544 MP3 graphics core, so the ability to independently measure power consumption could be useful here for games developers too.
With added fan cooling, the ODROID-XU+E features six USB ports – one USB3.0 host, one USB3.0 OTG port and four USB2.0 host ports. That’s in addition to its MicroSD and eMMC module storage options, the latter allowing up to 64GB of storage at up to 160MB/second data transfer rates.
You can check out the energy monitoring option in the Hardkernel video at the jump.
This is first Hardkernel design that appears to come with a heatsink-cooling fan as part of the design, which suggests the Exynos 5 Octa SoC CPU can get quite warm when its cranking through multi-threaded code.
The ODROID-XU+E mini PC will be available with the first shipment on September 10, with prices starting at $199 for the board. The unit comes without storage and its recommended you order the eMMC module with preloaded Android 4.x operating system to get maximum performance. The 8GB eMMC module will sell for an extra $25.
You can get more information from the Hardkernel website.
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