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SDK brings Android 4.0 to Sitara ARM processors

15 Jun 2012

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Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) has announced the availability of a software development kit (SDK) that brings Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to its Sitara AM335x and AM37x ARM-Cortex-A8 processors. According to the company, the solution allows innovators to fully evaluate Android 4.0 on embedded applications running on Sitara processors.

Sitara ARM developers can take advantage of Android 4.0 for low-cost, low-power applications, including wearable gadgets such as watches and goggles, and display panels for home appliances and automation. It can also be used in education and enterprise tablets that are non-video centric, point-of-sale terminals, portable navigation devices and industrial control applications.

Complete with pre-integrated connectivity and 3D graphics capabilities, the SDK provides a stable software foundation that can be used on a range of Sitara processor products, stated TI. To help developers quickly and easily integrate and evaluate Android-based applications, the SDK is fully tested for functionality using the Android compatibility test suite on the AM335x evaluation module (EVM), Beagleboard-xM, BeagleBone, AM37x EVM and Flash Board platforms.

The SDK includes a Linux kernel, Boot loaders (uboot/x-loader), Android 4.0.3 "Ice Cream Sandwich", 3D graphics using Imagination Technologies' POWERVR SGX OpenGL driver and libraries. It also delivers TI's WiLink 6.0 combo connectivity drivers for WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth v2.1 technologies, and RowboPERF, a performance measurement and benchmarking application. Likewise, it brings host tools for Android debugging with TI's Code Composer Studio integrated development environment, and application notes, guides and test results to help developers with their designs.

The Android 4.0 SDK for TI's Sitara ARM Cortex-A8 processors is available for free with no development or production restrictions.

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