TI debuts ARM-based Sitara MPUs for Android 4.1.2

December 19, 2012

Bernard Cole-December 19, 2012

Texas Instruments Inc. has just made available a new development kit that brings Android 4.1.2 ("Jelly Bean") to TI's Sitara ARM AM335x Cortex-A8 processors.

The software package is designed to allow developers 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.

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.

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.

The development kit also has integrated Android Open Accessory protocol support, allowing connectivity to any Android-based accessory with AM335x products; haptics feedback, accelerometer, and ambient light sensors; soft navigation keys, supported on landscape displays to help customers build products without any mechanical keys on-board; multiple USB features, including USB pen drive support and USB-based camera capture and preview; and 3D graphics using Imagination Technologies' POWERVR SGX OpenGL accelerator drivers and libraries.

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.

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