AM335x Starter Kit
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TI launches new $199 Sitara™ AM335x ARM® Cortex™-A8 Starter Kit with 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen that enables low-cost HMI and networking applications
- Integrating Dual Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth® connectivity and software capabilities accelerate application speed and scalability
- Enabling low-cost AM335x evaluation and accelerating connected home and smart white good apps
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ANDROID USERS: Some initial Starter Kits may have been shipped an incomplete SD card. The Start Here folder may not be visible. The content of that folder is located HERE.
What is the AM335x Starter Kit
The AM335x Starter Kit with a 4.3-inch LCD display provides a stable and affordable platform for smart appliance, industrial and networking applications. It is a low-cost development platform based on the ARM® Cortex™-A8 processor that is integrated with multiple communication options such as Dual Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth® connectivity.
At speeds up to 720 MHZ, the AM335x Starter Kit accelerates designs with a stable, ready-for-production hardware and software platform. This “best value” board offers the ability to quickly evaluate the features of the processor and accompanying TI components, taking the guess work out of the hardware design. This allows experienced and novice designers to focus on product differentiation such as advanced graphics and connectivity. With more focused differentiators, developers can create thermostats, security panels, wireless hard disk drives and portable hot spots at reduced cost while accelerating time to market.
TI’s AM335x Starter Kit is a feature-packed compact design with an optimized bill of materials (BOM). Support for TI's Free Linux, Android and StarterWare software development kits is also included.
- Follow the Quick Start Guide
- NOTE: The QSG calls out an Android demo called GLTron. Due to licensing conflicts, it has been removed.
- Explore free training
Software Development Kits
TI's SDKs provide a stable and fully tested software foundation that can be utilized on a wide range of Sitara hardware including Evaluation Modules and Beaglebone.
- Download the Sitara Linux SDK!
- Linux Software Developer's Guide
- mailto:email@example.com Linux SDK Feedback
The Linux SDK includes numerous components including:
- Target file system
- Host Tools
- Example Applications
- Host Tools
- Pin Mux Utility - a graphical utility designed to ease the pin mux configuration effort by highlighting pinmux conflicts, configuring the IO and outputting the required source code.
- Flash Tool - Currently for AM335x Flash programming is handled using U-Boot. Details can be found in AM335x U-Boot User's Guide
The Android Development Kit from TI is a complete software offering which allows developers of Sitara devices the ability to quickly and easily evaluate the Android OS. The TI Android development Kit is based on the TI Linux and the Google AOSP releases. It provides out-of-the-box support for TI Sitara devices with integrated support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth etc. The Android Development Kit for Sitara devices is provided free of charge with no development or production restrictions. Developers who would like to experiment with the latest Android code for Sitara can also visit the open source community at arowboat.org. There, users can download the latest code as well as interact with other developers and users of the Android operating system.
- Get Android Software - SDK Downloads
TI_Android_ICS_4_0_3_DevKit_3_0_1 Product Download Page
- User Guides
AM335X EVM-SK Android Devkit Guide
- Get StarterWare Software - SDK Downloads
- Host Tools
Featured DemosThe latest SDKs for both Android and Linux include new applications and demonstrations to highlight performance and flexibility of the AM335x Sitara ARM Cortex-A8 processor.
- Amazed: An open-sourced accelerometer game written for the apps-for-android project. The aim is to navigate a white marble through a maze to the exit, signified by the light blue tiles. Make sure you avoid the black "void" or you will die. Full source can be found hosted on the apps-for-android project site: http://code.google.com/p/apps-for-android/source/browse/#svn/trunk/Amazed
- Crank: Crank Storyboard is a suite of UI development optimization solutions for developers of consumer electronics, automotive head units, and industrial devices that require an embedded dynamic graphical display. Included in the suite are great examples of an EKG (Medical), dashboard (Automotive), and thermostat user interfaces
- Frozen Bubble: Android port of the Frozen Bubble game. Knock the bubbles down by forming clusters of three or more bubbles.
- Qt playground: This application demonstrates the features of Qt Quick with a set of demos and the possibility to view the source code of the demos. Each demo shows different areas of the Qt Quick features. Demos include Slideshow, Fancy Picker (photo viewer), Same Game (bubble), QT Content (browser), Memory Game, and Hello World.
- Battleship: A re-creation of the emmensely popular board game. By utilizing the SK's on-board WL1271, users can utilize WiFi direct to play the game head-to-head. You'll need two SKs to sink your competitor's battleship.
- Gigabit Ethernet Switch: Three separate GbE switch settings are possible when using the AM335x Starter Kit. They include switch mode, dual MAC mode, and gateway mode. Details
- AM335x Starter Kit Hardware User's Guide
- Board Errata - Starter Kit Board Errata
- AM335x Starter Kit Board Design Files (Schematic, BOM, PCB Layout)
- Diagnostic Tests
- Returns & RMAs
- Install JTAG Header - the AM335x Starter Kit does not include a JTAG header due to the fact that we have XDS100 capability via USB. However, we did leave the header for the JTAG connector. This How to will explain how to install the JTAG connector to your Starter Kit.
- Programming Starter Kit ID Memory - If you need to bring your Starter Kit to factory fresh settings, you can follow these simple to re-program the on-board EEPROM ID.
- Like the stands developed for the 7" LCD for BeagleBone, CircuitCo has also developed stands to prop your Starter Kit up for easy viewing. When available, you'll be able to purchase from boardzoo.com
- Battery Pack
- Coming Soon
- Capacitive Touch Screen
- The Starter Kit comes with an additional, populated connector to accept a capacitive touch screen from New Haven. This multi-touch (x4) display can easily replace the existing SK touchscreen to provide you with even more possibilities. Please Note: Software support for the TSC is not included in TI's SDKs. For more information visit: newhavendisplay.com
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