Microprocessor Systems/Applications Development Boards for Researchers

The ARM University Program recommends the following development boards for research on Microprocessor Systems/Applications:

The FRDM-KL25Z is an ultra-low-cost development platform enabled by Kinetis L Series KL1x and KL2x MCUs families built on ARM® Cortex™-M0+ processor. Features include easy access to MCU I/O, battery-ready, low-power operation, a standard-based form factor with expansion board options and a built-in debug interface for flash programming and run-control. The FRDM-KL25Z is supported by a range of Freescale and third-party development software.

Freescale delivers a cost-effective, easy-to-use platform designed to simplify product evaluation and speed time to market with its new Quick Start development board series based on the i.MX family of multimedia applications processors.

The first in the series, the i.MX53 Quick Start board is a low-cost open source development platform. Integrated with an ARM® CortexTM™-A8 1 GHz processor, the Quick Start board includes a display controller, hardware-accelerated graphics, 1080p video decode and 720p encode as well as numerous connectivity options ideally suited for applications such as human machine interface in embedded consumer, industrial and medical markets.

Designed as a feature-rich development platform, the i.MX53 Quick Start board includes hardware design files and a board support package (BSP) containing drivers optimized for multimedia operations. This decreases time to market, provides a basic product design, and serves as a launching point for more complex designs. Additionally, the ecosystem for the board is comprised of partners who provide a variety of cost-effective debugging tools and complete development suites optimized for the Quick Start development platform.

The i.MX53 Quick Start board recieves support from Freescale and the community of i.MX developers at imxcommunity.org.

Freescale i.MX53 quick start board

The BeagleBone is the low-cost, high-expansion hardware-hacker focused BeagleBoard. It is a bare-bones BeagleBoard that acts as a USB or Ethernet connected expansion companion for your current BeagleBoard and BeagleBoard-xM or works stand-alone. The BeagleBone is small even by BeagleBoard standards and with the high-performance ARM capabilities you expect from a BeagleBoard, the BeagleBone brings full-featured Linux to places it has never gone before.

The PandaBoard is a low-power, low cost single-board computer based on the Texas Instruments' 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 MPCore-based OMAP4430 applications processor.

The PandaBoard features a dual-core 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore CPU, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, a C64x DSP, and 1 GB of DDR2 SDRAM. Primary persistent storage is via an SD Card slot allowing SDHC cards up to 32 GB to be utilized. The PandaBoard includes wired 10/100 Ethernet as well as wireless Ethernet and Bluetooth connectivity. Its size is slightly larger than the ETX/XTX Computer form factor at 4 in (100 mm) by 4.5 in (110 mm). The PandaBoard can output video signals via DVI and HDMI interfaces. It also has stereo 3.5 mm audio connectors.

PandaBoard runs the Linux kernel, with either traditional, Ubuntu, or Android user environments.

Keil (an ARM company) offers starter kits based on the ARM Cortex-M3-based STMicroelectronics STM32F103 microcontroller. These kits include an evaluation board, a Keil ULINK-ME USB-JTAG interface, as well as the RealView MDK-ARM evaluation software tools. For academic pricing information, please contact ARM or your local Keil distributor.

ARM Cortex-M3-based STMicroelectronics STM32F103 microcontroller starter kit



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