The Odyssey minicomputer was designed by famous Seeed Studio. The manufacturer of the device exists since 2008 in Shenzen and thanks to its products has become very popular in the electronics industry around the world. The Odyssey minicomputer is one of the most advanced devices created by this brand. Today on the market you can buy several versions of the minicomputer. Almost all of them are based on single board, but you will also find a kit with SoM module (System-on-Module) and a base PCB. Single-board minicomputers can be used in applications demanding high computing speed and advanced interfacing functionality. These devices work very well in such projects because they have both low power consumption and a small form factor. Thanks to Odyssey minicomputers, you can create really advanced applications with graphic menus, high sound quality and feature-rich touch screens. Designers also use Odyssey minicomputers in projects connecting to the Internet. They can achieve this effect much faster and easier with use of ready-to-use modules.

Odyssey single board minicomputers - the most important information

The Odyssey X86J4105 minicomputer series includes three models. Each of them is based on an efficient Intel Celeron J4105 microprocessor clocked at 1.5 GHz or even 2.5 GHz. The processor is integrated with the ATSAMD21G18 32-bit coprocessor with the ARM Cortex M0+ core. Integrated graphics Intel UHD Graphics 600 is designed for display support, with clock frequency from 250 MHz to 750 MHz. The Odyssey X86J4105 series minicomputers have 8GB of RAM. The Odyssey X86J4105864 - 102110397 and 102110398 models also have built-in 64 GB eMMC. Small, but powerful modules provide wireless communication via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. Odyssey minicomputers work under control of the popular operating systems: Windows and Linux. The most advanced model - Odyssey X86J4105864 - 102110398 - uses the Windows 10 Enterprise version.

Interfaces on Odyssey minicomputers

One of the most important parameters of every minicomputer is availability of connector and interfaces. The Odyssey minicomputers have many different connectors that facilitate the work of electronic device designers. A 40-pin GPIO connector is compatible with Raspberry Pi standard and provides easy integration with target hardware. There are also two connectors to the SAMD21G18 system in the coprocessor: 28-pin and 4-pin UART. USB connectors also appear on three Odyssey models. These are: two USB 2.0 type A connectors, one ultra high-speed USB 3.0 type A connector and one USB type C for external power supply adaptor. Odyssey minicomputers also have many slots, including: SIM, microSD, SATA III, M.2 and PCIe. These slots facilitate data transfer to and from the minicomputer. Odyssey also includes a 3.5 mm mini jack audio output for connecting headphones and a microphone. There is also an HDMI connector on the minicomputer board. Odyssey minicomputers can be powered via popular DC Jack 5.5 / 2.1 mm.

Odyssey kit containing base board and SoM

A very interesting product from Seeed Studio is the Odyssey STM32MP157C kit from SoM. It consists of a base PCB and a SoM (System of Module) board. The module is based on the STM32MP157C with a 32-bit ARM Cortex A7 dual-core processor and a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 co-processor. The ARM Cortex-A7 application processor can be clocked at 650 MHz while the other (ARM Cortex-M4 coprocessor) performs low-level operations, such as motor control. SoM has 512 MB RAM and 4 GB eMMC internal memory. It also has three 70-pin exapnsion connectors. Thanks to the sockets you can connect SoM to other devices. On the other hand, the base board of the Odyssey kit provides many other useful interfaces: two additional USB A ports, one USB C port, a 40-pin GPIO connector, as well as two Grove connectors for Arduino-compatible modules. On the base PCB of the Odyssey minicomputer there is also a Gigabit Ethernet connector and a slot for SD cards. Odyssey also has a camera input (DVP), an audio output (Jack 3.5 mm) and a display connector (MIPI DSI). The Odyssey set has 3 signal LEDs and three buttons to control the board.