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Jul 27, 2012 12:54 PM

Nice dev kit targets AM3517 ARM Cortex-A8 MCU

There are a great many development boards available for various processors these days and they are essential tools for the embedded system engineer.


After an engineer selects a new microcontroller the first thing he/she will do is find a dev kit. One such kit is for the Texas Instruments Sitara AM3517 ARM Cortex-A8 based microprocessor and is great for user graphical interface design as it has a 3D graphics engine, CAN, USB OTG, 3.3 V I/O, and EMAC.


The Craneboard, from Mistral, is a low cost ($203) open source reference platform to help developers leverage the benefits of the AM3517 processor and a host of peripherals. The processor features a POWERVR SGX graphics accelerator sub-system for 3D graphics acceleration to support exciting graphical user interface options while maintaining fast and fluid transitions display and gaming effects and a display sub-system with several features for multiple concurrent image manipulation. It also has a programmable interface supporting a wide variety of displays.


The 5.5'' x 4.5'’ Craneboard includes pre-programmed binaries for x-loader, u-boot, Linux Kernel and JFFS2 file system for Linux. The software release from Mistral includes the required source code and utilities. See and

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