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New Development Board: Pandaboard ES with TI OMAP4460

Somehow I’ve missed the announcement of the Pandaboard ES – a new version of the Pandaboard low cost development board – last month.

The Pandaboard ES is built around OMAP4460 processor running at 1.2 GHz with 1GB RAM and an SD/MMC card slot. It features onboard 10/100MBit Ethernet, Wifi, Bluetooth, several video output ports (HDMI, DVI-D, LCD Expansion and DSI), audio input/audio, several expansion ports (USB 2.0 OTG, USB 2.0 host, GPIO header, camera header..) and debug ports (JTAG, UART, 2 status LEDs, 1 GPIO button and sysboot switch).

OMAP4460 Development Board

Pandaboard ES

It has the same form factor as the original Pandaboard (114.3mm x 101.6mm) and weights 81.5g instead of 74g for the Pandaboard.

The cost is however slightly higher at 182 USD (recommended price) vs. 174 USD for the Pandaboard.

To help you choose which board is best for you, I’ve created a table comparing Pandaboard and Pandaboard ES specifications and features. The differences are highlighted in green.

PandaBoard PandaBoard ES
Processor OMAP4430 – 1GHz OMAP4460 – 1.2GHz
Memory 1 GB low power DDR2 RAM 1 GB low power DDR2 RAM
Full size SD/MMC card cage with support for High-Speed & High-Capacity SD cards Full size SD/MMC card cage with support for High-Speed & High-Capacity SD cards
Display HDMI v1.3 Connector (Type A) to drive HD displays HDMI v1.3 Connector (Type A) to drive HD displays
DVI-D Connector (can drive a 2nd display, simultaneous display; requires HDMI to DVI-D adapter) DVI-D Connector (can drive a 2nd display, simultaneous display; requires HDMI to DVI-D adapter)
LCD expansion header LCD expansion header
DSI Support
Audio 3.5″  Audio in/out 3.5″  Audio in/out
HDMI Audio out HDMI Audio out
Stereo audio input support
Connectivity Onboard 10/100 Ethernet Onboard 10/100 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n (based on WiLink™ 6.0) 802.11 b/g/n (based on WiLink™ 6.0)
Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR (based on WiLink™ 6.0). Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR (based on WiLink™ 6.0). 
Bluetooth Low Energy Capable.
Expansion 1x USB 2.0 High-Speed On-the-go port 1x USB 2.0 High-Speed On-the-go port
2x USB 2.0 High-Speed host ports 2x USB 2.0 High-Speed host ports
General purpose expansion header (I2C, GPMC, USB, MMC, DSS, ETM) General purpose expansion header (I2C, GPMC, USB, MMC, DSS, ETM)
Camera expansion header Camera expansion header
LCD signal expansion using a single set of resistor banks
Debug JTAG JTAG
UART/RS-232 UART/RS-232
2 status LEDs (configurable) 2 status LEDs (configurable)
1 GPIO Button 1 GPIO Button
Sysboot switch available on board
Dimensions 114.3 mm x 101.6mm 114.3 mm x 101.6mm
Weight 74 grams 81.5 grams
Price 174 USD 182 USD

As with the Beagleboard (and Beaglebone), the hardware and mechanical designs files are available:

For more information and learn how you can buy it, visit the official Pandaboard ES page.

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