Friday, October 08, 2010

Introduction to Panda Board

PandaBoard is the low-cost, open OMAP4 processor-based mobile software development platform. PandaBoard is supported by a dedicated community at PandaBoard will be sold via distribution channels.

Panda Board Setup

The board itself measures 4.0 x 4.5 inches and includes not only the dual-core OMAP4 chip but 1GB of RAM and a plethora of connectivity.  There's WiFi and Bluetooth, HDMI capable of 1080p HD video, DVI, 10/100 ethernet and USB 2.0 (two Host, one OTG); you also get an SD/MMC memory card slot, serial port and audio in/out, along with various other expansion connectors. This is community project after success of Beagle Board Project. ( Also check Hawk Board.)

There are now many supported distributions which can be use on Panda Board.
To start with user can use Minimal Linux  which have minimal filesystem tested for PandaBoard Rev EA1 or A1. Also Angstrom, Ubuntu, Android are supported OS/ distributions for Panda Board.

PandaBoard top view

Panda Board

PandaBoard block diagram

Panda Board Introduction

If you want to get Panda Board then there are 2 ways:
1. Submit new open-source project proposal's for the contest.
2. You can submit your request for a free board to the  PandaBoard Request Program.

Also here is active community at IRC and Google Group.
( IRC: #pandaboard on & Mailing List: )
Lets join this community at Google Group and Introduce your self at this thread.



Alban Rampon said...

Hi Amit,
An introduction I enjoyed reading, thanks for writing this. Hopefully my tweeting about it will get you even more readers!
@ARMCommunity - @AlbanRampon

Sulav Lal Shrestha said...

I am new to these things, and it's getting really hard to grasp; all the processor and programming in linux. Can you suggest a good book or source to learn about these microprocessor or boards.

Amit Karpe said...

I am not aware about any BeagleBoard Books.

But I can recommend books from Packt Publishing on similar product: