TI Engineers Develop OMAP3530 Board for FOSS Community

Posted 10 Jun 2008 at 22:00 UTC by steve Share This

According to a LinuxDevices.com article, "A small group of Texas Instruments (TI) employees is readying a low-cost development board with an open hardware design." The embedded controller, know as the Beagle board is being developed for use with Linux. It includes TI's OMAP3530 SoC which is based on the 600MHz ARM Cortex-A8 core and can deliver 1200 MIPS. They also threw in a 430MHz TMS320C60x core, an Imagination SGX 2D/3D graphics processor, 128MB of RAM and 256MB of Flash (there's also an SD slot if you need more memory). In addition to USB, serial, audio, video, and JTAG, the board also sports programmable LEDS and pushbuttons, and a 28 pin header with I2C, I2S, SPI, and GPIO ports. An extensive hardware reference manual (PDF format) is available. The board is still under development with a beta version available now and an improved version expected later this year. The cost is $149. For more information on Linux support for the Beagle board, see the Embedded Linux Wiki Beagle board page.

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