Odyssey Blue: A powerful x86 and Arduino machine that supports Windows 10 and Linux
It has been a few months since we reported on the Odyssey, a single-board computer (SBC) designed by Seeedstudio. Unlike many SBCs, the Odyssey, or ODYSSEY-X86J4105800 to give it its full name, supported the x86 instruction set. While the Odyssey can run Windows 10, it is also compatible with the Arduino ecosystem. Now, Seeedstudio has expanded on the design of the Odyssey with the Odyssey Blue.
The Odyssey Blue combines the ODYSSEY-X86J4105800 with a Re_Computer case and a 128 GB SSD. This means that the Odyssey Blue features an Intel Celeron J4105 processor with 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The 10 W chip integrated a UHD Graphics 600, which handles graphics tasks.
Seeedstudio includes an M.2 SATA SSD, but the Odyssey Blue supports NVMe drives too. The SBC has a single SATA III data connector and three SATA power headers, along with a microSD card reader for expanding the onboard storage. There is even a SIM card slot should need a mobile data connection, but Seeedstudio has included dual Gigabit Ethernet sockets and a Wi-Fi 5 connectivity. The Wi-Fi modem supports Bluetooth 5.0 too.
By way of USB ports, the Odyssey Blue has two USB 3.0 Type-As, a USB 3.1 Type-A and a USB 3.1 Type-C. Additionally, there is an HDMI 2.0a port and a DisplayPort 1.2. Both can output in up to 4,096 x 2,160 at 60 Hz. A 40-pin GPIO header is included too, as is a 28-pin header and an ATSAMD21G18 coprocessor for Arduino Zero compatibility.
The Odyssey Blue is available to pre-order now for US$239. Orders come with an unactivated copy of Windows 10 Enterprise and will start shipping from August 21, 2020. Seeedstudio continues to sell the ODYSSEY-X86J4105800, too. The company has also provided a wiki and a resource roundup for the Odyssey Blue, for reference.
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