Sitara™ ARM® processors offer a cool treat this summer, adding support of Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich"

  Sitara™ ARM® processors offer a cool treat this summer, adding support of
                       Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich"

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 SoCs

PR Newswire

DALLAS, June 6, 2012

DALLAS, 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:

  oLinux kernel
  oBoot loaders (uboot/x-loader)
  oAndroid 4.0.3 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system (OS)
  o3D graphics using Imagination Technologies' POWERVR™ SGX OpenGL® driver
    and libraries
  oTI's WiLink™ 6.0 combo connectivity drivers for Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and
    Bluetooth® v2.1 technologies
  oRowboPERF, a performance measurement and benchmarking application
  oHost tools for Android debugging with TI's Code Composer Studio™
    integrated development environment
  oApplication 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:

  oFull-featured AM335x EVM (TMDXEVM3558) for $995.
  oAM37x EVM (TMDXEVM3715) for $1,495.
  oBeagleBone from www.beagleboard.org for $89.
  oFlash 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:

  oSupport for Linux, Android and Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating
    systems
  oCompatible security solutions and real-time operating systems available
    from third parties, enabling further product customization and simplifying
    development
  oStarterWare software package, allowing developers to program these
    microprocessors like a microcontroller, without requiring an operating
    system
  oTI EZ SDK, allowing demo in minutes and development in less than an hour

For more information

  oTI's Android software development kit
  oJoin the TI E2E™ community
  oCheck out ArowBoat's community page
  oFollow TI on Twitter
  oLike TI on Facebook

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