BeagleBoard.org announced a new open-platform, hobbyist-focused development board — priced at just $89 and equipped with a Linux distro that boots in ten seconds. The BeagleBone offers an ARM Cortex-A8 processor running at 720MHz, 256MB of RAM, two 46-pin expansion connectors, a USB host port and multipurpose device port, on-chip Ethernet, and a microSD slot.
Texas Instruments (TI) announced a low power (7mW standby) Cortex-A8-based system on chip (SoC) intended to supplant ARM9 processors in cost-sensitive devices. Priced as little as $5 in volume, the Sitara AM335x SoC is available in six models, most of which can be clocked to 720MHz, and half of which include 3D graphics acceleration, according to the chipmaker.
Variscite announces the first System on Module based on TI’s OMAP4460 smart multicore processor with dual ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCores™ running at up to 1.5GHz each – now the fastest on the market.
Variscite is really speeding things up with the new future-proof and highly integrated VAR-SOM-OM44, responding to the increasing demand for faster processing and cutting-edge multimedia performance. Leveraging Variscite’s known design expertise for proprietary System-on-Chips from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), this offering is based on TI’s smart multicore OMAP4460 (OMAP 4) mobile processor. The VAR-SOM-OM44 is ideal for a wide range of target markets requiring rich multimedia functionality, advanced graphics and video capabilities, together with high-processing power.
Press Release, via ARM Devices.net
Anders Electronics announced a bevy of panel PCs that run Android, Linux 2.6, or Windows CE 6.0 on a 600MHz Texas Instruments Sitara AM3517 processor. The “Anders-DXE” devices measure from 6.5 to 15 inches diagonally, offer resolutions from VGA up to 1024 x 768 pixels, are available with wireless networking, and have 256MB of RAM and 512MB of flash storage.
Archos will begin selling the 8-inch, 8GB, 80 G9 tablet on Sept. 20 for $299 from Archos.com. Amazon, Newegg and Tiger Direct, and other resellers will begin selling the machine Sept. 30. The device, powered by a 1GHz, dual-core Cortex A9 processor featuring the newest Honeycomb build, Android 3.2, that has screen compatibility modes to more suitably run Android Market smartphone applications on larger tablet displays.