Atmel SAMA5D3 Xplained board for fast prototyping and evaluation

March 14, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Farnell element14, and Atmel, have announced availability of Atmel’s SAMA5D3 Xplained evaluation kit, a low-cost fast prototyping and evaluation platform. The low-cost ARM MPU kit extends Atmel Xplained concept with Arduino shield-compatible expansion headers for the industrial, consumer and IoT markets.

The board, which is based on Atmel’s SAMA5D3 ARM Cortex-A5 processor-based MPU, comes with a set to connectivity and storage peripherals, along with Arduino shield-compatible expansion headers for customisation. A Linux distribution and software package also enables rapid software development. The board is a suitable target for headless Android.

Features include:

  1. Atmel’s Xplained hardware platform for evaluation and rapid prototyping;
  2. Fully documented and readily available Cortex-A5 based MPU solution;
  3. Rich set of peripherals, specifically on connectivity;
  4. USB power (no need for power adaptor);
  5. Arduino-compatible connectors, enabling the user to leverage the extensive Arduino shields ecosystem;
  6. Open Source hardware – All design files available; easy to reuse in customer projects;
  7. Software package with drivers and examples for bare metal developers;
  8. Qt developers kit and Linux distribution free of charge.

“Our partnership with Farnell element14 on the development and manufacturing of this kit and its first set of expansion boards enables engineers from all communities to build applications requiring rapid prototyping and evaluation for their MPU designs,” said Jacko Wilbrink, Sr. Marketing Director of Microprocessors, Atmel Corporation. “[with] features such as mid-range graphical user interfaces, capacitive touch capability, wired and wireless communication, free-of-charge Linux distribution and Qt developer’s kit.”

The SAMA5D3 Xplained is priced at £48.76 (UK Pounds; or local equivalent)

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