Pandaboard showing off its prowess (via Pandaboard)
Board computers are not all made the same. Some work really well to control motors, other work very well to control media. Application programing interfaces are a constantly booming and changing and they too deserve a special home. Hosting APIs and being open source is what the PandaBoard is all about. In other words, Pandaboard is geared towards software development.
The PandaBoard provides a platform for optimized running of various public domain mobile software distributors like Android and Ubuntu (prebuilt) and support for adaptability with many others. Now the PandaBoard team has announced Jelly Bean (Android 4.2) support is near ready for use, has been accepted as an Android Open Source Project, which brings hope for the survival of the PandaBoard.
With these specs in mind:
PandaBoard fully supports Ubuntu 10.10 and up, with its minimal file system based on Angstrom. The board is built with OMAP 4 software development platform for mobile devices in mind. It’s built around Texas Instrument’s OMAP44xx processor and even includes an integrated temperature sensor.
Thought this is a mobile software development platform, the team makes clear this device is not meant to be for portable use. However, if you are willing to risk the warranty, you can hook it up to off-the-shelf battery packs, using Y-splitters if necessary to attain the adequate voltage (5 V max @ 4A) through the USB. What will this “low cost” dev board run the consumer? Pandaboard is $154 and the “ES” version is up at $162. A bit pricey amongst its contemporaries.
The PandaBoard project is open to anyone who wants to contribute the expansion of all the APIs it support. For a list of running and completed projects, visit PandaBoard.org to contribute and learn. http://www.omappedia.com/wiki/PandaBoard
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