Atmel SAMA5D34-EK Evaluation Kit

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The SAMA5D34-EK is a full-featured evaluation platform for the Atmel SAMA5D34 embedded microprocessor. The kit consists of a main board, a computer module equipped with a SAMA5D34 processor, and a display module. It is supported by the SAMA5D3 Softpack, a free set of bare metal C examples, and is delivered with on-board demos for Linux and Qt-based GUI. The SAMA5D34-EK allows users to extensively evaluate, prototype and create applications that require graphics, audio, mass storage, networking, connectivity and more.image
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  • Atmel SAMA5D34 embedded MPU running at 536MHz in a BGA324 package
  • 4Gb DDR2, 2Gb NAND Flash, 128Mb NOR, 32Mb SPI Serial DataFlash, 512Kb EEPROM
  • J-Link and CDC on-board, optional JTAG test access port
  • MII/RMII Ethernet 10/100 w/PHY
  • RGMII Ethernet 1Gb w/PHY
  • Four-wire RS232
  • Two USB 2.0 Host, one USB 2.0 Host/Device
  • Conexant CX20548 SmartDAA for soft modem implementation
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Headphone output, line in and microphone
  • One 5.0” WVGA resistive TFT LCD module with four QTouch keys
  • One ISI interface for connection to a CMOS sensor
  • One HDMI interface
  • One 10-pin connector for Atmel RZ600 ZigBee® module
  • Two CAN connectors
Terms & Conditions
  • Testers will be selected on the basis of quality of applications: we expect a full and complete description of why you want to test this particular product.
  • Testers are required to produce a full, comprehensive and well thought out review within 2 months of receipt of the product.
  • Failure to provide this review within the above timescale will result in the enrolee being excluded from future Road Tests.
Comment List
  • Got it!


    There is a jumper JP1 on the CM board which was set to on when I assembled the board.  I left it jumpered since it came that way.  I cannot find a description for its function yet although I am sure it is there in the docs.


    I had no reason to suspect it but I gave it a try as I was desperate and there it was LCD, HDMI demo etc all in living color!


    I will attempt to give the board a fair try out and get back to everyone.


    Looks good so far...

  • Hi Dale,


    I have found that there is a way to test each component separately including the LCD and HDMI.


    Both test OK including the touch screen and cap sensors.


    All seems to be OK except it won't run the demo!  Still just a blank screen.  Is there a jumper I have missed? Very frustrating


    I just double checked the logfile for the demo upload.  Definitely no errors that I can see.



  • To add to what I said...


    The re-upload of the demos went with a hitch with the proper responses etc including the logfile at the end - no errors.  I meant to say that after the re-loads, there was no change in operation - ie no video or lcd output.



  • Hi Dale


    I have gone thru the process of writing the application demos on without any luck.


    I don't think the CM is dead as the dev board responds as it should via the usb/serial connections and passes all tests up to the CAN tests which asks for a cable to loopback which I do not have.  It appears to hang at this point so I do not know if there are any further tests such as LCD etc.


    Can I perform any tests you know of that might indicate to me if it is the LCD module that is faulty - I may be able to salvage something from this if I can do all work via terminal.


    There is no output from HDMI either so I apart from the tests via term/menu I cannot determine if anything else is working.


    Any help would be appreciated



  • Thanks for the response, Dale.


    What annoys me is that I put the thing aside the week I got it. My wife said it can wait till I got better.  Guess it couldn't!


    I will have a look again tomorrow after I see what I can do with the comm port (after a bit of sleep - 2am here).



  • Hi Terry,


    Definately sounds bricked to me, you can try to flash the memory through the RS242 as long as you can configure the port correctly as your computer probably won't recognize the device. Download the demo software from the Atmel site as well make sure the switches on the Sama are set to read from the correct port you will input the software to. Message me if there is any help you need.


    Dale W

  • I have been unable to do the review due to illness and was just recently able to start.  I finished photos of unboxing and had written intro but I have found that after assembly, the SAMA5 does not produce any output to the LCD at all.  I have a red led lit to the left of the four buttons (under the left of the LCD), a blue led on the CM module and a green flickering led under the right of the LCD (D14?).  Nothing else displays.


    I realise this is late in the piece but as I said, I was ill and unable to work till just this week.


    Is this bricked before I can even start?


    Any help would be appreciated.

  • Machine vision and subsequent image processing would be one thought. You could use the touchscreen as a user interface to control the camera pan/zoom.

  • I just got my Atmel SAMA5D34 less than a couple of weeks ago. I can feel the clock ticking. I have found some YouTube videos siting the attributes of the unit but nothing to specific.  I would very much like to get the unit to do something practical.  Does anyone have any suggestions?

  • were you selected to road test this. I just got it o friday