Sitara™ ARM® processors launch support for Android 4.1.2 "Jelly Bean" allowing up to 2X faster and easier navigation for an

Sitara™ ARM® processors launch support for Android 4.1.2 "Jelly Bean" allowing
    up to 2X faster and easier navigation for an enhanced user experience

Android 4.1.2 capabilities available for Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex™-A8
processors improve performance and user interface response time

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Dec. 18, 2012

DALLAS, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI)
(NASDAQ: TXN) today announced the availability of a new development kit that
brings Android 4.1.2 ("Jelly Bean") to TI's Sitara™ ARM® AM335x Cortex™-A8
processors. This complete software offering allows innovators to fully
evaluate Android 4.1.2 on embedded applications running on TI's Sitara
processors for easier navigation that is up to two times faster than the
previous version of Android. For more information or to download the free
development kit, click here.

Sitara ARM developers can now take advantage of Android 4.1.2 for
feature-rich, low-power applications, including wearable gadgets such as
watches, goggles, display panels for home appliances and automation,
enterprise tablets, point-of-sale terminals, portable navigation devices and
industrial automation.

Faster, smoother and more responsive

Complete with pre-integrated connectivity and 3D graphics capabilities, the
Android 4.1.2 Development Kit provides a stable software foundation for Sitara
AM335x processor-based products. To help developers quickly and easily
integrate and evaluate Android-based applications, the development kit is
fully tested using the Android compatibility test suite on the AM335x
evaluation module (EVM), AM335x Starter Kit and BeagleBone development boards,
and a number of BeagleBone Cape Plug-in Boards such as the LCD7 Cape, DVI-D
Cape and Camera Cape.

TI's Android 4.1.2 Development Kit also features:

  oIntegrated Android Open Accessory protocol support, allowing connectivity
    to any Android-based accessory with AM335x products.
  oHaptics feedback, accelerometer, and ambient light sensors.
  oSoft navigation keys, supported on landscape displays to help customers
    build products without any mechanical keys on-board.
  oMultiple USB features, including USB pen drive support and USB-based
    camera capture and preview.
  o3D graphics using Imagination Technologies' POWERVR™ SGX OpenGL®
    accelerator drivers and libraries.
  oApplication notes, guides and test results to help developers with their
    designs.

"Android 4.1.2 offers a faster and easier interface that makes transitions
between applications smoother and the latest graphics effects stand out," said
Adrian Valenzuela, marketing director, Sitara ARM processors, TI. "This
enables developers who are leveraging Sitara's AM335x processors to create
robust embedded applications for better user experiences."

Pricing and availability

The Android 4.1.2 Development Kit 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.
  oAM335x Starter Kit (TMDSSK3358) for $199
  oBeagleBone from www.beagleboard.org for $89.
  oBeagleBone Cape Plug-in Boards from www.beaglebonecapes.com

Additional software support

TI is a proven leader in ARM-based solutions that offers complete solutions
that include a robust software ecosystem. For example, Sitara ARM processors
offer software support for popular operating systems 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
    processors 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
  oSitara's software portfolio
  oJoin the TI E2E™ community
  oCheck out ArowBoat's community page
  oFollow TI on Twitter
  oLike TI on Facebook

About Texas Instruments

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possibilities of the world as it could be – smarter, safer, greener, healthier
and more fun. Our commitment to building a better future is ingrained in
everything we do – from the responsible manufacturing of our semiconductors,
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just the beginning of our story. Learn more at www.ti.com.

About the Texas Instruments ARM® Processor Portfolio

TI's extensive ARM processor portfolio offers optimized silicon, software and
development tools for industries such as automotive, industrial, cloud
infrastructure, computing, healthcare, education, retail and home and building
automation. With more than 500 ARM products that start at $1 and scale up to 5
GHz in performance, TI has shipped more than seven billion ARM-based
processors since 1993, including ARM Cortex-A, Cortex-R and Cortex-M
foundations. For more information, visit www.ti.com/arm. 

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