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

27th October 2010
ES Admin
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.
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.

What they’re saying about the PandaBoard

Jon Melamut, VP Sales and Product Management, OEM Services, Canonical

Canonical actively supports the launch of PandaBoard with TI’s OMAP 4 platform. We expect PandaBoard to be adopted across the industry as the platform of choice for developers and also to increase the impact in accelerating the usage of Ubuntu in key target markets like netbooks, tablets and new in-home products. The PandaBoard will provide the ecosystem with a great device to facilitate Ubuntu on TI development.

Ben Cade, Executive Officer, Linaro

PandaBoard combines the performance of a PC in the power footprint of mobile at an affordable cost, it is a very exciting option for software developers. Linaro is investing in open source tools and software to ensure that the advanced features of the dual core Cortex-A9 used on the PandaBoard can be easily used by software developers and distributions around the world.

Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation

We're pleased to see more and more Linux-based projects and products spring up in the embedded space. PandaBoard looks to be a great addition to the Linux developer community and will give developers access to TI’s OMAP platform in a low cost way. We expect mobile developers to make good use of it in their embedded Linux efforts.”

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