Distributor offers starter kit for TI AM335x-based nanoRISC (ARM) modules

January 17, 2014 // By Julien Happich
The MSC NANORISC-SK-MB2 starter kit from MSC Vertriebs GmbH consists of the MSC nanoRISC-MB2 baseboard with a power supply, a 7-in. WVGA TFT display and a 7-in. PCT touch panel. A Debian Linux operating system installation on a bootable SD card or downloadable or free is ensuring immediate operation of the starter kit.

The MSC nanoRISC-MB2 carrier board used for the starter kit provides an input for resistive 4-wire touch panels; in addition, a controller for projected capacitive touch (PCT) panels was added to the most recent board revision.

Along with the starter kit, the user can choose the 70 x 50 mm nanoRISC module from the MSC NANORISC-AM335x family. These boards are based on the Texas Instruments AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 processor. The AM3352-based module is clocked at 300 MHz and draws 1.7W, while the entry-level module based on the AM3354 CPU board is clocked at 800 MHz and provides hardware 3D graphics acceleration. This more powerful nanoRISC module consumes less than 2W of power and can also be operated without any cooling.

These processor modules can hold up to 512 Mbyte of DDR3 DRAM, up to 512 Mbyte of SLC NAND Flash and optionally up to 64 Gbyte eMMC Flash. They come with Ethernet, USB, CAN, UART, SPI, I 2C and I 2S audio and support direct LCD drive (16/18/24 bit RGB) at a resolution of up to HD. Options include a versatile Programmable Realtime Unit (PRU) allowing fast response to real-time events and Industrial Ethernet for industrial field bus applications.

MSC provides Board Support Packages (BSPs) for Linux and Android as well as boot loader and drivers for these operating system (OS) implementations (Windows Embedded Compact 7 on request).

MSC Vertriebs GmbH; www.mscembedded.com