New software development kit brings Android 4.0 capabilities to Sitara AM335x and AM37x ARM Cortex-A8 processors, catering to markets that require low-cost, low-power SoCsDALLAS, June 6, 2012 — (PRNewswire) — Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) is offering developers a cool treat to kick off their summer right. TI today announced the availability of a new software development kit (SDK) that brings Android 4.0 ("Ice Cream Sandwich") to TI's Sitara™ AM335x and AM37x ARM®-Cortex™-A8 processors. This complete software offering allows innovators to fully evaluate Android 4.0 on embedded applications running on TI's Sitara processors. For more information or to download the free SDK, click here.
The perfect fit for low-cost, low-power, Android 4.0-based applications
For the first time, Sitara ARM developers can take advantage of Android 4.0 for low-cost, low-power applications, including wearable gadgets such as watches, goggles, display panels for home appliances and automation, education and enterprise tablets that are non-video centric, point-of-sale terminals, portable navigation devices and industrial control applications.
"This milestone of bringing Android 4.0 support to our Sitara platform demonstrates TI's commitment to advancing opportunities for the open-source community," said Adrian Valenzuela, marketing director, Sitara ARM processors, TI. "Bringing Android 4.0 to the Sitara platform enables developers to use the stunning features that this latest Android flavor delivers to embedded applications, such as innovative video, imaging and graphics effects, robust user interfaces and more."
Quickly and easily evaluate Android-based applications
Complete with pre-integrated connectivity and 3D graphics capabilities, the SDK provides a stable software foundation that can be utilized on a wide range of Sitara processor products. To help developers quickly and easily integrate and evaluate Android-based applications, the SDK is fully tested for functionality using the Android compatibility test suite on the AM335x evaluation module (EVM), Beagleboard-xM, BeagleBone, AM37x EVM and Flash Board platforms. The SDK includes:
- Linux kernel
- Boot loaders (uboot/x-loader)
- Android 4.0.3 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system (OS)
- 3D graphics using Imagination Technologies' POWERVR™ SGX OpenGL® driver and libraries
- TI's WiLink™ 6.0 combo connectivity drivers for Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth® v2.1 technologies
- RowboPERF, a performance measurement and benchmarking application
- Host tools for Android debugging with TI's Code Composer Studio™ integrated development environment
- Application notes, guides and test results to help developers with their designs
Pricing and availability
The Android 4.0 SDK for TI's Sitara ARM Cortex-A8 processors is available for free download today, with no development or production restrictions. Developers interested in experimenting with the latest Android code for Sitara can also visit the open source community at arowboat.org. Developers can begin evaluating on a variety of TI platforms including:
- Full-featured AM335x EVM ( TMDXEVM3558) for $995.
- AM37x EVM ( TMDXEVM3715) for $1,495.
- BeagleBone from www.beagleboard.org for $89.
- Flash Board, available for $699 from www.theflashboard.com.
Additional software support
Sitara ARM processors offer software support for popular OSes to enable microcontroller-like programming, including the following solutions:
- Support for Linux, Android and Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating systems
- Compatible security solutions and real-time operating systems available from third parties, enabling further product customization and simplifying development
- StarterWare software package, allowing developers to program these microprocessors like a microcontroller, without requiring an operating system
- TI EZ SDK, allowing demo in minutes and development in less than an hour
For more information
- TI's Android software development kit
- Join the TI E2E™ community
- Check out ArowBoat's community page
- Follow TI on Twitter
- Like TI on Facebook
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