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TI OMAP5432 dev kit boasts Linux and Android support

May 21, 2013  |  Rick Lehrbaum
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Texas Instruments (TI) introduced a development kit for designs based on the TI OMAP5432 SOC (system-on-chip), which integrates dual 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore CPUs. The OMAP5432 EVM (evaluation module) targets high performance, graphically oriented, low power embedded applications such as human-machine interfaces, portable data terminals, digital signage, and medical monitoring devices.

The OMAP5432 EVM’s 5 x 4-inch board provides standard connectors for Ethernet, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, audio I/O, and SATA interfaces, plus several non-standard expansion connectors to enable the testing of multiple display and camera options. The board also includes a JTAG interface, as well as a set of LEDs for use in software development and debug.



OMAP5432 EVM top and bottom views
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The OMAP5432 SOC’s integrated SGX544 GPU offloads 3D- and 2D-graphics and 1080p60 multimedia functions to dedicated accelerators, enabling developers to differentiate their embedded system designs, says TI.

The diagram and photo below show the functions and connectors provided by the EVM.



OMAP5432 EVM block diagram and connector functions
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The OMAP5432 SOC’s block diagram appears below.



OMAP5432 SOC block diagram
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Key specifications of the OMAP5432 EVM, as listed by TI, include:

  • Processor — OMAP5432 ES2.0
  • RAM — 2GB DDR3L
  • Flash — 4GB EMMC/iNAND Ultra device
  • 4-bit Micro-SD slot
  • USB — 1x HS USB 3.0 OTG port; 3x HS USB Host ports
  • Audio — stereo in/out
  • Video:
    • HDMI via native OMAP HDMI interface
    • DSI Display Expansion (DSIPORTA and DSIPORTC)
    • Parallel Display Expansion (DPI) via 100-pin expansion connector
  • Camera input — single MIPI CSI-2 camera and/or parallel camera / dual MIPI CSI-2 sensors supported via dediated camera expansion connectors
  • Debug support — 14-pin JTAG; GPIO pins; UART; various LEDs
  • Dimensions — 5.0 x 4.0 inches (127 x 101 mm)

The OMAP5432 EVP’s operating system support includes Android, Linux, QNX, and the Green Hills Integrity RTOS. Their BSPs (board support packages) appear to be available for download from TI’s website.

Additionally, various ready-made SBCs (single-board computers) and COMs (computer-on-modules) based on OMAP5430-series SOC are offered by several of TI’s third-party partners. These reportedly include: Embedded++’s EPP-Pico-OMAP5430, Phytec’s phyCORE-OMAP5430, SECO’s μQ7-OMAP5, and Variscite’s VAR-SOM-OM54.

The TI OMAP5432 EVM, priced at $329, is currently available through SVTronics. Further details regarding the OMAP5432 EVM may be found at TI’s OMAP5432 product page.
 

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