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SDK brings Android 4.0 to Sitara chips

Posted: 11 Jun 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SDK? Cortex-A8? Android 4.0?

Texas Instruments Inc. has released a software development kit (SDK) to enable Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, to the company's Sitara AM335x and AM37x ARM-Cortex-A8 processors.

The SDK enables Sitara ARM developers to use Android 4.0 for low-cost, low-power applications. These range from wearable gadgets such as watches, goggles; display panels for home appliances and automation; education and enterprise tablets that are non-video centric; point-of-sale terminals; portable navigation devices; and industrial control applications.

It comes with pre-integrated connectivity and 3D graphics capabilities, and provides a stable software foundation for Sitara processor products. 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" OS; 3D graphics using Imagination Technologies' POWERVR SGX OpenGL driver and libraries; the company's WiLink 6.0 combo connectivity drivers for Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth v2.1 technologies; RowboPERF, a performance measurement and benchmarking application; 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 download today, with no development or production restrictions.

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