Cortex-A8 eval-board comes with Windows Embedded Compact 7

Cortex-A8 eval-board comes with Windows Embedded Compact 7

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Potential applications include robotics, kiosks and home media centres, as well gaming platforms and advanced user interfaces.

Arrow’s bundle combines the hardware plus a choice of Windows Embedded Compact 7 or Windows Embedded CE 6.0, with access to other components to help accelerate developments.

Within the bundle, Arrow says it is also providing a SanDisk 1Gbyte microSD card, an HDMI-to-DVI-I cable and an Emerson wall adapter power module. The processor at the heart of the board is TI’s DM3730 ARM Cortex-A8 running at 1GHz and featuring 512Mbyte of on-board LPDDR RAM.

The board can also be powered by USB and is ready to connect to an LCD. Support for a broad mix of connectivity options includes 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0 HS OTG, I2C, I2S, SPI and RS-232. SD and MicroSD interfaces allow for the connection of memory cards, while DVI-D, S-Video and stereo in and out functionality and a camera port simplify evaluation of multimedia designs. 

Designed for ‘out-of-box’ evaluation and development, the board comes with a Windows Embedded Compact 7 binary image running on the board, and a 180-day evaluation version of Microsoft Platform Builder. Also, Arrow is able to supply a full source code BSP for Windows CE 6.0 or Compact 7 along with the full Microsoft Platform Builder toolkit for those customers who are ready to start development and customisation of their OS image.

The BeagleBoard-xM Evaluation Bundle is available now in EMEA at a price of €195.00. For more information, visit

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