PandaBoard on sale now for $174

Texas Instruments’ PandaBoard — a low-cost OMAP4 developer board introduced earlier this month — is now available for $174.

The PandaBoard measures 4″ x 4.5″ and is based off of TI’s OMAP 4430 which boasts a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 clocked at 1GHz with 1GB of RAM and a treasure trove of connectivity options. WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, and HDMI out capable of full 1080p HD are all there, as are 10/100 Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports (2 Host, 1 OTG), and an RS-232 serial port. Rounding out the PandaBoard’s features are stereo in and out, a camera connector, and a SD/MMC card slot.

This is an attractive bit of kit for hardware enthusiasts and software developers alike at a very affordable price. Head past the break for a YouTube video demoing the board as well as a copy of the official press release.

Press release:

Meet PandaBoard: Low-cost, open OMAP™ 4 processor-based mobile software development platform

Dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 performance, rich multimedia capabilities and community-driven support make $174 PandaBoard a one-of-a-kind tool for open source mobile software development

DALLAS, October 27, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Mobile software developers now have an accessible, well-equipped open source development tool based on the high performance OMAP™ 4 platform in the form of PandaBoard. This new, low-cost board provides unprecedented access to the OMAP 4 applications processor platform from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), which is power- and performance-optimized for Smartphones and other mobile devices. A growing online community of Linux experts supports PandaBoard developers designing on various mobile open source software distributions such as Android, Angstrom, Chrome, MeeGo and Ubuntu.

What should mobile software developers do?

Features & benefits of PandaBoard:

The OMAP 4 platform-based PandaBoard includes an OMAP4430 processor with two ARM® Cortex™-A9 processors (running at 1 GHz each) delivering symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) performance, as well as rich multimedia and 3D graphics support. The board also includes WLAN and Bluetooth® connectivity technologies. PandaBoard offers the ideal platform to support projects leveraging all its capabilities within the tight mobile power budget. More “wild” out-of-the-box technical features of PandaBoard include:

Feature Spec
OMAP4430
  • Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore (cores run at 1 GHz each)
  • Ample MIPS for rich applications
Multimedia
  • Full 1080p30 multi-standard HD record and playback
  • OpenGL® ES v2.0 graphics engine
Memory
  • 1GB LPDDR2 (DRAM)
Wireless connectivity
  • WiLink™ 6.0 (802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth® v2.1 +EDR)
Display
  • HDMI v1.3 connector for HD display
  • DVI-D connector for simultaneous dual display
Expansion
  • USB host
  • USB OTG host
Support
  • Open-source hardware design
  • Open-source community engagement

Pricing, availability, and more:

What they’re saying about the PandaBoard

Jon Melamut, VP Sales and Product Management, OEM Services, Canonical

“Canonical actively supports the launch of PandaBoard with TI’s OMAP 4 platform. We expect PandaBoard to be adopted across the industry as the platform of choice for developers and also to increase the impact in accelerating the usage of Ubuntu in key target markets like netbooks, tablets and new in-home products. The PandaBoard will provide the ecosystem with a great device to facilitate Ubuntu on TI development.”

Ben Cade, Executive Officer, Linaro

“PandaBoard combines the performance of a PC in the power footprint of mobile at an affordable cost, it is a very exciting option for software developers. Linaro is investing in open source tools and software to ensure that the advanced features of the dual core Cortex-A9 used on the PandaBoard can be easily used by software developers and distributions around the world.”

Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation

“We’re pleased to see more and more Linux-based projects and products spring up in the embedded space. PandaBoard looks to be a great addition to the Linux developer community and will give developers access to TI’s OMAP platform in a low cost way. We expect mobile developers to make good use of it in their embedded Linux efforts.”

About pandaboard.org

pandaboard.org is an online resource and collaboration site for the growing, active community supporting PandaBoard, the low-cost, open OMAP™ 4 processor-based mobile software development platform. Mobile application developers designing on Linux-based distributions are encouraged to engage with community experts and source technical materials. The site is managed by volunteers who are committed to open source development. For more information, visit http://pandaboard.org.

Please note: PandaBoard is intended to be used as a platform for mobile software development and OMAP 4 processors are intended for manufacturers of Smartphones and other mobile devices.

Trademarks

OMAP™ is a trademark of Texas Instruments. All other trademarks and registered trademarks belong to their respective owners.

Source: PandaBoard via SlashGear