BREAKING NEWS – Arduino TRE powered by Texas Instruments’ Sitara™ AM335x Processor
More big news – Arduino TRE powered by Texas Instruments’ Sitara™ AM335x Processor-
Arduino announces a collaboration agreement with Texas Instruments (TI) to use its Sitara AM335x processor. The result is Arduino TRE, the first Arduino board manufactured in the U.S.
Thanks to the 1-GHz Sitara AM335x processor, Arduino developers get up to 100 times more performance with the Sitara-processor-based TRE than they do on the Arduino Leonardo or Uno. This performance opens the doors to more advanced Linux-powered applications. The Sitara-processor-based Linux Arduino can run high-performance desktop applications, processing-intensive algorithms or high-speed communications.
The Arduino TRE is two Arduinos in one: the Sitara-processor-based Linux Arduino plus a full AVR-based Arduino, while leveraging the simplicity of the Arduino software experience. The integration of the AVR Arduino enables the Arduino TRE to use the existing shield ecosystem so that innovators can expand the Arduino TRE to develop a wide range of high-performance applications such as 3D printers, gateways for building automation and lighting automation, telemetry hubs that collect data from nearby sensors wirelessly, and other connected applications that require host control plus real-time operations.
In addition, the Arduino TRE is partially the result of a close collaboration between Arduino and the BeagleBoard.org foundation. These open hardware pioneers share a passion for expanding open source development and making technology accessible for artists, designers and hobbyists. The TRE design builds upon the experience of both Arduino and BeagleBoard.org, combining the benefits of both community based boards.
“By choosing TI’s Sitara AM335x processor to power the Arduino TRE, we’re enabling customers to leverage the capabilities of an exponentially faster processor running full Linux,” said Massimo Banzi, co-founder, Arduino. “Our customers now have a scalable portfolio at their fingertips, from the microcontroller-based Uno to the TRE Linux computer.”
The Arduino TRE is expected to be available in spring 2014.
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A new header layout! And the Uno Rev3-layout headers are labelled as a “backwards compatible” set of headers. I wonder if this will become a new Arduino standard? I hope they remembered to turn on the 0.1″ grid this time 😉
Looks like the 3v3 headers are pretty far apart for cheap PCB prototyping, but at least all of the 5V UnoR3-layout pins (white silkscreen background) are all together in a single double-row header. I bet that’ll fit onto a 50x50mm board!
I really like my BeagleBone Black, and am super happy to see their involvement. I think this is going to be an excellent combination of the best of both worlds. And I’m super happy to see a Linux SBC with the Arduino name, that should really give it a leg-up in a very crowded space. This is probably the best chance yet to see an OSHW board become hugely popular in the Linux SBC/hobbyist market.