Category: Development Boards

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Raspberry Pi $25 ARM Desktop PCB Alpha boards now in manufacture

Posted by Charbax – July 28, 2011

Here's what Raspberry Pi has posted on their blog:

Over the past three months, we’ve been working hard to finalize the specs for the Raspberry Pi device, and to produce schematics and a PCB layout. Last Tuesday, we sent an alpha release of the board for manufacture. From an electrical perspective, this board is intended to be identical to the final device; the resulting units will be used to validate the schematic design, and will serve as our interim software development platform.

The Raspberry Pi is configured with an unknown ARM Processor, 128MB or 256MB RAM, SMSC LAN9512 USB 2.0 hub and 10/100 Ethernet controller.

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Freescale Tower Sensor Pack

Posted by Charbax – June 21, 2011

The Tower Sensor Pack allows users to discover sensors. Find more information at and

Qualcomm Dragonboard, $300-$500 Dual-core MSM8660/APQ8060 development board

Posted by Charbax – June 8, 2011

Qualcomm is releasing this hardware and software development board solution for hardware makers wanting to customize their use of Qualcomm's latest Dual-core ARM Processor. The Dragonboard includes a dual-core Snapdragon APQ8060 clocked at 1.5GHz (same as MSM8660 and MSM8260, just without the modem), runs on Android by default. The cost is $300 for a basic unit, and $500 if you want the screen and all the other components featured in this video.

Samsung Origen, the new $199 Exynos 4210 development board

Posted by Charbax – May 30, 2011

Linaro and Samsung announced the new $199 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 development board featuring the 1Ghz Exynos 4210 processor, 1GB DDR3 memory with fast memory bandwidth.

$25 ARM Powered Desktop presented by Raspberry Pi Foundation

Posted by tdomf_6f838 – May 6, 2011

The Raspberry Pi Foundation (a UK non-profit) plans to develop, manufacture and distribute an ultra-low-cost computer, for use in teaching computer programming to children. They expect this computer to have many other applications both in the developed and the developing world. Their first product is about the size of a USB key, and is designed to plug into a TV or be combined with a touch screen for a low cost tablet. The expected price is $25 for a fully-configured system.

Here are the specs:

  • 700MHz ARM11
  • 128MB of SDRAM
  • OpenGL ES 2.0
  • 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
  • Composite and HDMI video output
  • USB 2.0
  • SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot
  • General-purpose I/O
  • Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)

And who exactly is it targeted at, well, students. It runs Ubuntu and will come preloaded with educational applications. Suggestions for it's use and recommendations of software are welcome through email. Oh, and it's purported to cost only $25... Head on over to their site Raspberry Pi.

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ARM Embedded in Motor Control demo

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2011

ARM is showing Motor Control comparing two rotating water vessels, one controlled in a conventional manner, the other is controlled in a more advanced algorithm called Field Oriented Control on a STM32 Cortex-M3 processor. This more advanced algorithm allows more efficient operation of the motor, better control of the torque and allows for quieter operation. The idea is to use less power to control motors. This is just the start of their investigation into Field Oriented Control using the Cortex-M3 processor.

Beagleboard xM 1Ghz ARM Cortex-A8, 6 Ångström Linux desktops synchronized

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2011

This is how one can create a mega display wall, combining several displays. The mouse is synchronized accross 6 ARM Powered ubuntu desktops through synergy, and a ffmpeg synchronization app makes it possible to combine them into a video wall.

PandaBoard, Texas Instruments OMAP4 ARM Cortex-A9

Posted by Charbax – November 13, 2010

It is released now, available for $174 to developers at deliveries starting at the end of this month.

Freescale Kinetis Tower System now sampling

Posted by Charbax – November 11, 2010

The Freescale Tower systems are development kits providing for many of Freescale's sensors and processing features in a cube. The new Freescale Kinetis ARM Cortex-M4 processor and this Kinetis Tower System just started sampling now.

PandaBoard OMAP4 ARM Cortex-A9 development board released for $174

Posted by Charbax – October 21, 2010

If you are an ARM Powered mobile computing app developer, if you want to prepare OS and apps for TI's upcoming ARM Cortex-A9 platform, shipping from around the end of November, you can pre-order the PandaBoard now for $174 at

OMAP4430 Processor (Highlights)

Dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ with Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) at 1Ghz each. Allows for 150% performance increase over previous ARM Cortex-A8 cores.
Full HD (1080p) multi-standard video encode/decode
Imagination Technologies’ POWERVR™ SGX540 graphics core supporting all major API's including OpenGL® ES v2.0, OpenGL ES v1.1, OpenVG v1.1 and EGL v1.3 and delivering 2x sustained performance compared to the previous SGX530 core
Low power audio (upto 140+ hr CD-quality audio playback)

ARM Cortex-A9 as in this OMAP4 may be the ARM Processor generation that we have been waiting for to realize full ARM Powered desktop performance in devices such as for Laptops, Desktops, set-top-boxes for HDTVs and other high resolution full desktop user experiences. So this new processor is not only about speeding up Smart Phones, it's also to start supporting higher resolution larger screen devices and provide ARM Powered full computing as credible challenger to x86. The OMAPvideo YouTube channel is releasing some videos to demonstrate PandaBoard's setup and performance, here is a video of Ubuntu 10.10 booting on this development board:

At mobile world congress, a TI spokesperson told me after I filmed my OMAP4 demonstrations video, that real-time video encode on OMAP4 is within 2% of x86 based multi-pass encoding. I wonder if that is really true, or if he meant within 2% only for real-time encoding.

Hopefully 1080p playback on OMAP4 is impeccable, so 1080p high profile at very high bitrates h264 and mkv works fine so Boxee type people can't complain like they complained on video playback performance on Tegra 2 so it isn't mysteriously replaced with Intel CE4100.

Source: and OMAPvideo on YouTube
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