Dream development kit takes shape with ARM and Linux

May 20, 2015 // By Julien Happich
element14 has unveiled the 16 finalists in its global DreamBoard initiative to find the ultimate development kit. Shortlisted from more than 2,400 boards created using an interactive tool on the element14 Community, the finalists reveal a strong preference for ARM-based 64-bit Quad Core processors, along with SD memory and an improved mix of sensors.

The 16 finalists, from Europe, North America and Asia, will now see their boards competing in a four- round voting knock out, starting on 18 May. They represent the best applications and designs in areas including marine, automotive, prototyping and home automation, as judged by VIP members and technical specialists from the element14 Community.

The final two boards will go head to head in a vote starting on 9 July, which will see the ultimate DreamBoard winner announced on 22 July.

The entire data from over 2,400 submitted designs also reveals new insights into the components and technical options that engineers are looking for in today's development kits.

Selected for 74% of the boards, Linux is the preferred operating system, followed by Android, which featured in just over 1,000 designs. By far the most popular feature is Wi-Fi, appearing on 70% of all boards, then Bluetooth (47%), a reset button (44%) and battery management (39%).

The top interface and connectivity options are SD/Micro SD, HDMI/Micro HDMI and Ethernet, In contrast, camera interfaces, LCD displays and USB connectors were much less important. For sensors, the most popular were temperature, accelerometers and gyroscopes.

In the voting rounds, pairs of DreamBoards will go head-to-head and the most popular, as voted by element14 Community members, will go through to the next round.

More information about the 16 finalists can be found at element14.com/dreamboard.

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