$329 Texas Instruments OMAP5432 EVM / Development Board

Earlier this month, Texas Instruments has apparently discreetly, not to say surreptitiously, launched their OMAP5432 evaluation module. Beside the dual Cortex A15, dual Cortex M4 OMAP5 SoC, the board comes with 2GB RAM, a 4GB eMMC module, USB 3.0, SATA and more.

OMAP5432_EVMOMAP5432 EVM Specifications:

  • SoC – Texas Instruments OMAP5432 Multicore ARM Cortex A15/M4 processor with PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3L  (implemented using 4x Micron 4Gb DDR3L devices (MT41K256M16HA-125:E)
  • Storage – 4GB EMMC/iNAND Ultra device + SD/MMC 4-bit Micro-SD card cage
  • Display / Video:
    • HDMI via native OMAP HDMI interface
    • DSI Display Expansion (DSIPORTA and DSIPORTC) via 100-pin expansion connector
    • Parallel Display Expansion (DPI) via 100-pin expansion connector
  • Audio – Audio Jack 3.5mm, Stereo out & in, Headset Jack (earphone/microphone)
  • USB – 3x USB HS 2.0 (2 via USB connector, one via 0.1″ header), 1x USB 3.0, and 1x USB OTG 2.0/3.0
  • Connectivity – 10/100 802.3u Ethernet. No Wi-Fi, but for some reasons there are not one, but two  2.4G/5G chip antennas on the board…
  • Camera – MIPI CSI-2 camera and/or parallel camera/dual MIPI CSI-2 sensors supported via camera expansion connectors
  • Debug Interfaces –  UART via micro-USB connector, JTAG, Debug LEDs, GPIOs
  • Misc – 1x user defined button, 1x reset button
  • Power – 12V input
  • PCB info – 127.00mm x 100.84 mm, 10 layers (8 Routing)
OMAP5432 EVM Description (Click to Enlarge)
OMAP5432 EVM Description (Click to Enlarge)

The board supports Linux, Android, QNX, and Green Hills Inetgrity, and evaluation software or BSP for the 4 operating systems are available in TI website. Documentation appears to be lacking at this stage, as I could only find a Quick Start Guide on the site. They’ve also posted some videos, including the getting started video below, but they also have 2 others videos showing how to run Android and Linux running on the platform.

The board is said to have been available since the 1st of May, and it can be purchase for $329 from SVTronics. You may find further information on TI’s OMAP5432-EVM page, and TI E2E forums.

Thanks to Max for the tip!

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8 Replies to “$329 Texas Instruments OMAP5432 EVM / Development Board”

  1. The board itself is nice, but to me it sounds like they don’t want to offer much support for it.
    They choose their wordings carefully and limit it to basic board bringup issues – real tech support
    for more complex issues seems to come only from 3rd party companies outside of TI – for $$$.
    This may be the reason for the “stealth” launch.

    OMAP4 support came mostly from the Pandaboard community and only a little bit from TI.
    Now TI has abandoned further OMAP development and fired lots of employees from
    the OMAP divison, this means not much support can be expected from TI,
    or am I wrong?

  2. @pepe
    The only other Cortex A15 option is Arndale board for $249, so it’s in the same ballpark.
    OMAP5432 EVM is for industrial embedded design, so their customers are not too much price sensitive when buying a development platform.

    They finally published a press release yesterday, so it’s finally official. It’s just I got the news before the PR, and there was zero press coverage at the time. But I think you’re right support will be limited, and it may not be a such good board for hobbyist, because TI will focus where the money is.

  3. Ah indeed, new press release.

    One should mention that Arndale support also went “down”. Check the Insignal Forum – which is basically dead since a few months (no response from Insignal employees)
    Seems like nobody wants to support A15 chips… strange.

  4. @Nob
    I can indeed see Insignal seems to have deserted their own forums. But Linaro is still working on it, and Howchip is already taking pre-order for the Exynos Octa version, so maybe they just don’t want to support individuals anymore. That could also be the reason why they killed ARMBRIX Zero.

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