The CraneBoard from Mistral Solutions is a new low-cost ARM-based development board that offers designers a fully open-source printed circuit board (PCB) and design to reduce development costs. CraneBoard provides a cost-effective, alternative development option to Texas Instruments’ AM35x Sitara ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors (MPUs) evaluation module (EVM). CraneBoard utilizes community support and resources from the open-source BeagleBoard community.
Based on TI’s AM35x Sitara ARM Cortex-A8 MPU, the CraneBoard provides new features not available on existing open-source, low-cost development boards, including Power over Ethernet (PoE) and Controller Area Network (CAN) bus interfaces. Both the PoE and CAN interfaces can be used in industrial applications such as human/machine interface (HMI), and CAN is also suitable for automotive applications.
The CraneBoard offers numerous integrated peripherals and provides users with flexible power options, such as a power-over-DC wall adapter, PoE enabled by TI’s TPS23750 PoE controller, and USB, which allows for portability. An expansion port makes it easy to add functionality such as an LCD panel, along with wireless and audio capabilities. The board is compatible with other ARM Cortex-A8 open source boards. A complete open-source board support package (BSP) for Linux is available from CraneBoard.org.
By leveraging BeagleBoard.org , TI Sitara ARM MPU and ARM communities, CraneBoard users can share ideas and projects, as well as engage in discussions with fellow developers to utilize knowledge and resources for design and development. The CraneBoard also provides a reference platform for hardware and software developers to easily duplicate these designs, allowing them to go to market faster.
By utilizing AM3517 Sitara ARM MPU advanced packaging, designers can implement low-cost, four-layer PCB designs. Additionally, the CraneBoard is code compatible with other TI ARM Cortex-A8-based devices, allowing designers to add varying functionalities and utilize previous code investments, while designing with confidence for future devices. For more information on the CraneBoard, please visit CraneBoard.org.
The 600 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 allows developers to utilize low-cost memories and provides users with full featured operating systems and faster user interface transitions. Open-source PCB takes advantage of TI’s Via Channel package technology to allow a simple 4-layer PCB design that users can easily reference to reduce PCB costs. Three power sources (wall adapter, USB and POE), 3.3V I/O, CAN Bus, on-chip Ethernet, USB Phy, integrated OTG Phy, and JTAG enables communication with numerous devices and customization for proprietary interface.
A vast library of operating systems, including real-time operating systems (RTOS), codec libraries and demos makes designing simple and fast. Code compatibility with TI ARM Cortex-A8 devices allow developers to migrate from the CraneBoard to other platforms with maximum code reuse.
Pricing and availability
The CraneBoard is available now starting at $199 from Mistral and a number of distributors, including DigiKey. For more information visit www.mistralcraneboard.com
. For community information, support and updates on CraneBoard development, please visit www.craneboard.org