$249 TI AM437x Starter Kit for Industrial Design Launched by Element14

Element14 has recently launched their “Texas Instruments AM437x Starter Kit” based on Sitara AM4378 Cortex A9 processor, including a board and touch screen LCD, and targeting industrial, HMI (Human Machine Interface) and networking applications.

Texas Instruments AM437x Starter Kit For Industrial Design (Click to Enlarge)
Texas Instruments AM437x Starter Kit For Industrial Design (Click to Enlarge)

Element14 Texas Instruments AM437x Starter Kit specifications:AM437x_Touch_Panel

  • SoC – Texas Instruments Sitara AM4378 ARM Cortex A9 processor @ 1 GHz with PowerVR SGX530 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3L SDRAM (2x 4-Gb Micron chips).
  • Storage – 64MB SPI NOR Flash (MX66L51235FMI), serial EEPROM with board specific data, 1x micro SD slot
  • Display – 4.3″ Capacitive Touch LCD
  • Connectivity – 2x 10/100/1000M Ethernet RJ45 ports (Micrel KSZ9031RN transceivers), support for COM8 form-factor wireless boards via J20 Samtec card edge connector.
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 2x micro USB ports
  • Camera – 2x 12 header for custom-made camera module from TI
  • Audio – TLV320AIC3106 audio codec, 2x audio jacks for headphone out, and Line In
  • Sensors – Accelerometer (STMicro LIS331DLH)
  • Misc – Menu, Home, Back and Search buttons, user LEDs
  • Power Supply5V DC (rated 2.5 A minimum) via a DC Jack
  • Dimensions – N/A

AM437x_Starter_Kit_Block_Diagram

The kit includes the evaluation board, a power supply, a micro SD card with Linux, a micro SD to SD Adapter, a micro USB Cable, and a Quick Start Guide. Documentation can be found on Element14 website. The board may have been launched a few days ago by Element14, but it’s also been available via Texas Instruments website for about a year, and you can also find the same documentation on TI website.

TI AM437x Starter Kit sells for $249 on Farnell (Europe), Newark (North America), and Element14 (Asia Pacific), or you can also purchase it directly on TI eStore.

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It is somehow strange that this one has 4378 – usually dev kits should be populated with the most complex SoC of the given series, in this case AM4379. This one has no EtherCAT support.