PandaBoard OMAP4 developer board on sale for $174 [Video]

Oct 27, 2010
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The PandaBoard Cortex-A9 OMAP4 developer board we mentioned at the start of the month has gone on sale, priced at a reasonable $174.  Based around a dual-core 1GHz chip with 1GB of RAM, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1, the PandaBoard supports 1080p 30fps output via HDMI and is intended to allow developers to whip up OMAP4-compatible apps in Android, Angstrom, Chrome, MeeGo and Ubuntu.

Video demo after the cut

Other ports include DVI-D (which will work simultaneously with the HDMI), USB Host and USB OTG Host, together with ethernet.  There's also an OpenGL ES v2.0 graphics engine, SD card slot, serial port, audio in/out and a camera connector.

The whole thing measures in at 4.5 x 4.0 inches and there's plenty of support at the official site.  The PandaBoard is available to buy now, priced at $174, and ships worldwide.

Press Release:

Meet PandaBoard: Low-cost, open OMAP™ 4 processor-based mobile software development platform

Dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 performance, rich multimedia capabilities and community-driven support make $174 PandaBoard a one-of-a-kind tool for open source mobile software development

DALLAS, October 27, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Mobile software developers now have an accessible, well-equipped open source development tool based on the high performance OMAP™ 4 platform in the form of PandaBoard. This new, low-cost board provides unprecedented access to the OMAP 4 applications processor platform from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), which is power- and performance-optimized for Smartphones and other mobile devices. A growing online community of Linux experts supports PandaBoard developers designing on various mobile open source software distributions such as Android, Angstrom, Chrome, MeeGo and Ubuntu.

What should mobile software developers do?
Get involved! Join the community at http://pandaboard.org/content/community/home
Order a board! Boards are available now through Digi-Key Corp. at http://www.digikey.com
Review and submit projects! http://pandaboard.org/content/projects
Features & benefits of PandaBoard:
The OMAP 4 platform-based PandaBoard includes an OMAP4430 processor with two ARM® Cortex™-A9 processors (running at 1 GHz each) delivering symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) performance, as well as rich multimedia and 3D graphics support. The board also includes WLAN and Bluetooth® connectivity technologies. PandaBoard offers the ideal platform to support projects leveraging all its capabilities within the tight mobile power budget. More “wild” out-of-the-box technical features of PandaBoard include:

Feature
Spec

OMAP4430

Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore (cores run at 1 GHz each)
Ample MIPS for rich applications
Multimedia

Full 1080p30 multi-standard HD record and playback
OpenGL® ES v2.0 graphics engine
Memory

1GB LPDDR2 (DRAM)
Wireless connectivity

WiLink™ 6.0 (802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth® v2.1 +EDR)
Display

HDMI v1.3 connector for HD display
DVI-D connector for simultaneous dual display
Expansion

USB host
USB OTG host
Support

Open-source hardware design
Open-source community engagement

Pricing, availability, and more:
Cost: USD $174
Regions shipped to: Worldwide
Availability date: Today
Where to buy: http://www.digikey.com
Video introduction: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/pandaboard/39158/
Community access: http://pandaboard.org/content/community/home
Mailing list: pandaboard@googlegroups.com
IRC chat: http://pandaboard.org/irc
Project review and submission: http://pandaboard.org/content/projects
Other portals showcasing PandaBoard: http://omapworld.org and http://designsomething.org


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