Newark element14 and Atmel announced the launch of Atmel’s SAMA5D3 Xplained evaluation kit, a low-cost fast prototyping and evaluation platform for microprocessor-based design.
The board, which is based on Atmel’s SAMA5D3 ARM® Cortex®-A5 processor-based MPU, comes with a rich set of ready-to-use connectivity and storage peripherals, along with Arduino shield-compatible expansion headers for easy customization. A Linux distribution and software package also enables rapid software development. The board is a perfect target for headless Android, too.
“Our partnership with Newark element14 on the development and manufacturing of this kit and its first set of expansion boards enables engineers from all communities to build applications requiring rapid prototyping and evaluation for their MPU designs,” said Jacko Wilbrink, Sr. Marketing Director of Microprocessors, Atmel Corporation. “Offering features such as mid-range graphical user interfaces, capacitive touch capability, wired and wireless communication, free-of-charge Linux distribution and Qt developer’s kit, we’re incredibly proud of this newest member of the Xplained family.”
“Atmel's ARM Cortex-A5 processor-based MPUs deliver balance in a rich set of devices and ultra low power consumption that meet your every industrial design need,” said David Shen, Chief Technology Officer at Newark element14. “This new Atmel Xplained kit, in addition to our soon-to-be-available expansion boards which will add more capabilities to the SAMA5D3 platform, will be very helpful to professional engineers as well as makers, hobbyists, educators and students, both within and outside their main employment.”
The SAMA5D3 series is ideal for wearable computing and mobile applications where low power and a small footprint are critical.
Atmel’s Xplained hardware platform for evaluation and rapid prototyping
Fully documented and readily available Cortex-A5 based MPU solution
Rich set of peripherals, specifically on connectivity
USB power (no need for power adaptor)
Flexibility – Arduino-compatible connectors, enabling the user to leverage the extensive Arduino shields ecosystem
Open Source hardware – All design files available; easy to reuse in customer projects
Software package with drivers and examples for bare metal developers
Qt developers kit and Linux distribution free of charge