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UDOO X86 is the New PC: the most powerful maker board ever and an Arduino™ 101-compatible platform, all embedded on the same board.

On UDOO X86 you can run all the software available for the PC world, from gaming to video streaming, from graphical editors to professional development platforms, plus all the software for the Arduino™ 101 world, including all the sketches, libraries and the official Arduino™ 101 IDE.

You won’t ever worry about lack of drivers or stuff like that.

This is a true next-generation computer.

UDOO X86 is 10 times more powerful than Raspberry Pi 3, able to drive up to three 4K screens at the same time.

It is based on Quad Core 64-bit new-generation x86 processors made by Intel®, designed for the PC domain. Prodigious processors concentrated in 14 nm, with an amount of energy consumption of 5 or 6 Watt.

The UDOO X86 embedds the newest Arduino™ 101, with all the upgrades – including 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope and Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity.

The Arduino™-compatible platform onboard is connected with the main processor through an internal USB port.

In terms of software UDOO X86 is compatible with the official Arduino™ 101 IDE and with all the sketches, tutorials and resources available in the Arduino™ 101 community.

Speaking of hardware, UDOO X86 has the same pinout layout of Arduino™ 101. In other words, UDOO X86 is compatible with all Arduino™ 101-compatible shields, sensors and actuators.

The board operating voltage and I/O is 3.3V but all pins are also protected against 5V overvoltage.

Why is an Arduino™ 101-compatible module such a great addition to this board?

  • UDOO X86 can be used to program the Arduino™-compatible module directly with the standard Arduino™ IDE.


  • But the ace in the hole of UDOO X86 is the communication between the Intel® Quad Core processor and the Arduino™-compatible plaform. The interconnection between the two systems is the distinctive feature of UDOO, and this time we have pushed this interaction even further. The board is designed to allow the Arduino™ 101-compatible microcontroller to run when the powerful CPU is powered off, and wake it up when something’s happened in the world. IoT gets easy.
UDOO X86 supports a multiboot configuration and boot from everywhere, being even more flexible.
But what really makes UDOO X86 a true PC is its flexibility, first of all in terms of storage: UDOO X86 mounts 8 GB eMMC on board, a Micro SD card reader as well as SATA, M.2 Key B and USB 3.0 ports to attach your new-generation hard disk.
UDOO X86 is also above the standard in terms of software flexibility: on UDOO X86 you can run any x86-compatible OS: Linux®, Windows® or Android™.
Moreover, the processors we’ve chosen are specifically dedicated to the PC domain.


The UDOO X86 can connect over Gigabit Ethernet.

Moreover it has an M.2 connector that can connect over Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth Low Energy via an external Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Low Energy module, that you’ll get if you choose the Performance Kit here on Kickstarter and, once the product is shipped, on sale in our shop.

In case you’re wondering, you can use any Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module already available on the market.

Not only this: the Arduino™ 101-compatible has its own embedded Bluetooth Low Energy module embedded to seamlessly communicate with wireless sensors, smartphones and tablets.

Need some ideas?

  • Watch NetflixSky GoAmazon Instant Videos or other streaming platforms in the quiet calm of a fanless Home Theather Personal Computer;
  • add a USB DVB-T2 tuner to turn whatever attached monitor into a Digital Terrestrial Television;
  • exploit the HDMI-CEC to allow UDOO X86 connected to your TV through HDMI port to communicate back-and-forth with your TV and thus, to control UDOO X86 through your remote control;
  • use your mobile phone or any RC5 IR-enabled remote control.

All the retrogaming old glories fits in your pocket.

Use UDOO X86 also as a Steam© in-home streaming machine for your main Steam©-machine: you can play in a different room or even remotely over 7,500 videogames!

Power to the gamers!


UDOO X86 is Home PC

Surf the web. Check your email. Edit your holiday pictures on Photoshop. Update your Facebook status. Write a novel with Microsoft® Word®. Read the newspaper.

Still need a netbook?

Finally comes a fast compiling board, so to let you experiment also when you’re short on time – at hackathons or in class – a board which is compatible with all the resources for the PC and Arduino™ world, well-documented and supported by an open source community: you won’t ever feel alone as a teacher.

Considering its compatibility with Arduino™ and the gargantuan amount of resources for the PC world, no other single board computer is supported as much.

Need even more power? Choose the CLUSTER KIT among the pledges, build a cluster of UDOO X86 and skyrocket to the supercomputer level!

UDOO X86 is indeed the perfect platform for cluster application: thanks to OmpSs programming model, developed by Barcelona Supercomputing Center and supported by the EC-funded AXIOM Project it is possible to set a multi-node application in a simple and efficient way.

UDOO X86 is a truly complete toolbox for makers that won’t take a no for an answer.

It’s what Makers want:

  • Full-fledged PC + Arduino™ 101
  • Open Source Hardware
  • Open Source Software
  • Growing community
  • Huge compatibility: Arduino™ 101, Open Source and x86 worlds
  • Any PC-OS or distribution
  • Any computer language
  • No delays for kernel’s porting or stuck to old kernels
  • Boot from everywhere
  • Fast compile time
  • Tons of I/O
  • Oodles of interfaces and peripherals

Unleash your creativity with true freedom of choice.

Any PC-OS, any language, expandability, modularity, UDOO X86 is a brethe of fresh air for creative minds and experience designers.

Leveraging the Arduino-compatible Intel® Curie™ and embedded sensors onboard, UDOO X86 is ideal for interactive spaces, enhanced with gesture control, spoken commands, high-resolution displays and distributed motion sensing input systems like Intel® RealSense™, Microsoft® Kinect™ 2 or Leap Motion. 

UDOO X86 allows to easily build new solutions based on already worldwide known high-level tools, such as Open Frameworks, Unity 3D, Processing, Unreal Engine and Pure Data. 

UDOO X86 is Digital Signage on Steroids

Move on to digital signage on steroids: no more just a vehicle for distributing information but a complete infotainment/entertainment package, captivating the audience and engaging them at the purchase point, and possibly tracking and reporting on that experience.

With compatibility of resources your world opens up to new possibilities.

UDOO X86 as thin client in the office means an incredible amount of energy and money saved, not only because it costs insanely less, but because it consumes just a fraction of your computer.

On UDOO X86 you can run the Microsoft® Office® environment as you’re used to with your Windows® computer. If you’re used to Linux instead, no problem! UDOO X86 is based on desktop processors, thus don’t you worry: drivers for Linux distributions are supported!

Set up your work environment and you won’t ever notice the difference.

UDOO X86 gives you the coolest microcontroller in the maker domain and a huge set of programmable peripherals to interconnect with the mobile and the embedded worlds, as well as programmable 6-axis motion sensors and even Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity.

By exploiting the wireless interaction with UDOO BRICKS you’ll get the ideal IoT control unit.

UDOO X86 is Prototyping at Light Speed

UDOO X86 accelerate your build-measure-learn cycle to light speed, with no more dead times for porting software or slow compilation time, but overall, it’s the single board computer with the widest amount of compatible resources.

You can finally concentrate on the next iteration, focusing on what truly matters the most for your startup/product idea.

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of schools, Universities and research groups we supported so far with donations or through collaborations or with internships.


  • Carnegie Mellon (USA)
  • Pittsburgh (USA)
  • University of California, Sand Diego – UCSD (USA)
  • University of Vermont (USA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (USA)
  • University of Chicago (USA)
  • Ocad university (CANADA)
  • Universidade Positivo – Grupo Positivo (Brazil)


  • University of Singapore (SINGAPORE)
  • MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology (BANGALORE)


  • Aarhus University (DENMARK)
  • SUPSI, FabLab Lugano (SWITZERLAND)
  • IES Gorgs (SPAIN)
  • Università di Siena (ITALY)
  • Università di Pisa (ITALY)
  • Università di Firenze (ITALY)
  • Università degli Studi di Napoli “Parthenope” (Italy)
  • Politecnico di Torino (ITALY)
  • Università di Roma La Sapienza (ITALY)
  • Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Pisa (ITALY)
  • Politecnico di Milano (ITALY)
  • I.S.I.S. “Arturo Malignani” di Udine (ITALY)
  • ITT – LSA Tito Sarrocchi di Siena (ITALY)
  • ESIEE Paris (FRANCE)

At UDOO we promote the Open Source culture.

We will release Schematics3D designbinaries, the Bill of Material (BOM) and other resources following the end of the campaign, along with a Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0license, as we have done before for all of our boards already on the market.


UDOO X86 Acrylic Enclosure

If you’re looking for a cool, geeky support for UDOO X86 select the pledge that includes the acrylic enclosure. It’s so nice!

The acrylic enclosure design file will be published under a Creative Commons license to give the possibility to modify it and to produce it with your favorite material and colors.

UDOO X86: a glance under the hood






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Associate Professor, IEEE Senior Member, ACM Lifetime Member
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Visual Artist, Interaction Designer and Educator
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Creative Coder, Interaction Designer
Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department

Previous UDOO campaigns

UDOO is back!
With UDOO DUAL/QUAD, our first single board computer launched on Kickstarter in 2013, we created a new playground for students to learn the basics of coding, electronics and physical computing with an all-in-one solution.
With UDOO NEO, our second single board computer launched last year on Kickstarter, we empowered makers, designers, startups and research groups all over the world with an IoT-ready all-in-one device for moving applications (rovers, drones, robots, automation) and educational purposes.
With UDOO X86 we aim at an even easier, unique solution, designed to empower demanding, experienced developers as well as beginners.


A strong point of UDOO is its growing community of developers and makers. It’s a community based on Open Source values, where people share their ideas and problems.
Our forum is daily updated. Our blog reports the news from the UDOO and embedded domains, especially from hackathons and tech events we take part to all over the world – for example we are aficionados of Maker Faire RomeEmbedded World Nuremberg and Droidcon and we usually organize workshops and talks at the place of the event. Taking part to these events and many many others is crucial to enlarge the community. Finally, UDOO-based projects are collected on Hackster on our dedicated page.
On our website we also have other resources, where we put all our stuff (3D files, schematics, BOM, etcetera) available for free.



UDOO is the result of a joint effort between SECO and AIDILAB. SECO designs and manufactures each product in the UDOO family. Relying on SECO means relying on a manufacturer with over 35 years of experience in the single board computer field, with an in-house manufacturing unit that has been an ISO9001 certified company since 2003. AIDILAB is an Interaction Design Lab of artists, designers and engineers focused on nurturing the UDOO community, building software and hardware applications for the UDOO family and spreading the open-source philosophy of UDOO around the world.

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Microsoft®, Encarta®, MSN®, and Windows® are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft® Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.


We’d like to especially thank Santa Chiara Lab for granting us a wonderful location for the video. We’d also like to thank Università di Siena for the support.

Risks and challenges

SECO, a strong player in the B2B embedded market, is a fundamental partner in the project and manufacturer of the board, with over 35 years of experience in the design and production of electronic embedded solutions.
SECO is also the designer and manufacturer of the whole UDOO family, as well as thousands of other single board computers for industrial customers. Its in-house manufacturing unit has been ISO9001-certified since 2003. For this reason, we don’t foresee any problems with the design, manufacturing or shipping of UDOO x86 within the expected deadlines. At the moment the product has already been developed as a rev A prototype, but it is still a work in progress on the hardware side. Funding through Kickstarter is fundamental for us to buy components in large quantities and at the same time keep the price as low as possible.

Regarding the software, the only risk regards the development of an Android OS for UDOO X86 within the time schedule.