PERC Ultra adds low cost development platform to its stable of supported hardware
Sep 29, 2009 - 15:37 PM
The BeagleBoard is distributed by Digi-Key Corporation and available through its global websites.
“For projects planning final deployment on ARM processors, PERC Ultra and the BeagleBoard are a great combination,” said Gary Cato, Director of Marketing at Aonix. “They can get started with all the functionality they need for only $149 per developer. That’s an amazing cost advantage for early development cycles over other hardware platforms.”
PERC Ultra holds the distinction of being the most deployed embedded and real-time standard edition virtual machine on the market with hundreds of thousands of fielded systems, and demonstrating 5-9s uptime reliability. Unlike other available virtual machines, PERC provides patented garbage collection technology and smaller footprint for use in real-time embedded applications. PERC ULTRA 5.3, the currently shipping version, has newly implemented AWT/Swing libraries for embedded platforms giving 2D/3D graphics developers the immediate availability of hundreds of downloadable community projects. Testing of the PERC virtual machine functionality and performance characteristics and new graphics capability was executed on the BeagleBoard from Digi-Key. PERC Ultra on the BeagleBoard was tested with both Linux and X Windows distributions from Ångström (http://www.angstrom-distribution.org/) and the free CodeSourcery G++ Lite toolchain for ARM GNU/Linux (http://www.codesourcery.com/).
The latest BeagleBoard version offers increased design flexibility with twice the memory (256 MB RAM), additional high-speed USB port, and an LCD expansion connector. Based on a Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) OMAP3530 processor, the BeagleBoard bridges desktop and embedded development by delivering laptop-like performance in a pocket-size, 3×3-inch form factor for innovative projects ranging from robots, netbooks, and mobile Internet devices to entire Linux distributions and gaming frameworks.
“We’re very pleased that Aonix has ported and tested PERC against the BeagleBoard,” notes Dave Doherty, vice president, semiconductor product, Digi-Key Corporation. “This is proof-positive that we have achieved the goal of putting low-cost horsepower in the hands of serious developer.”
About the Pocket-size, USB-powered BeagleBoard
Originally released in 2008, the BeagleBoard (http://beagleboard.org) is based on a TI OMAP3530 applications processor, which features an ARM Cortex™-A8, 2D/3D graphics engine and high-performance TI TMS320C64x+™ digital signal processor (DSP) core.
A small group of enthusiastic engineers interested in creating powerful, open and embedded devices worked together on the concept and realization of the BeagleBoard. The resulting 3×3 inch board allows developers to use the same peripherals and usage mode for flexible USB and standard PC expansion. With a full computer in their hands, developers are able to design to their specification and collaborate with the open source community on creative new applications.
About Digi-Key Corporation
One of the world’s fastest growing distributors of electronic components, Digi-Key has earned its reputation as an industry leader through its total commitment to service and performance. As a full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, Digi-Key has been ranked #1 for Overall Performance for 17 consecutive years from among the nation’s more than 200 distributors (EE Times Distribution Study/ August 2008). Offering more than 1.5 million products from over 400 quality name-brand manufacturers Digi-Key’s commitment to inventory is unparalleled. Access to the company’s broad product offering is available 24/7 at Digi-Key’s top-rated website, http://www.digikey.com.
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