Learning, mini2440 & Beaglebone !

The (this *) section is dedicated to the introduction to  Single Board Computers and these are my Mini2440 and Beaglebone.
–>So, lets first talk about Mini2440..

As the manufacturer says, 

FriendlyARM Mini 2440 SBC is a Single-Board Computer with 400 MHz Samsung S3C2440 ARM9 processor. The board measures 100 x 100 mm, ideal for learning about ARM9 systems..

So, actually I would recommend this particular Single Board Computer because of its several qualities that are not present in competitive boards for its PRICE(price being the main feature)!

This board actually cost me Rs.7000 from the Indian Dealer Vegarobokits (online shopping 10 months ago).. It is one of the fantastic board of its kind as it is also provided with an LCD with 4-wire resitive touch screen, a pen stick , NAND flash 1Gb(though it comes in lower Nand versions too) and NOR flash of 2mb., Ethernet port, Serial Port, Audio connetor port, USB-for host and for power both)…More than usable for you number of General Purpose Input Outputs(GPIO), A JTAG debugger.

Other boards such as Beagleboard, Panda Board, Mini6410 etc are in the market too..Some are definitely better than it in terms of both Cost and Hardware.

Many in companies outside and in India are also making custom boards which are really cost effective but as per me, they are not for the newbies because first of all

  • Not good support is provided by the companies..

  • Community is not good, so no help !!!

So, I would say not to go with them if you are a completely noob sort of, and not having some guidelines..

Coming back to 2440, the main purpose of such boards are making out the embedded application based devices which is somehow very good using this board..
Android and Linux Kernel both are ported very easily as the manufacturers also provide a pre-installed bootloader in their NOR flash, just have the images provided at the website (FriendlyARM`s) and follow the menu based bootloader options from the NOR Flash..
Don`t worry I would be making out another post regarding the PORTING to mini2440..I am just giving introduciton to it, right now

#BeagleBone-

The BeagleBone is the low-cost, high-expansion hardware-hacker

focused BeagleBoard.  So, we see that it is some sort of modification over

the beagleboard for convenience.The BeagleBoard is an ultra-low cost, high performance, low power OMAP3 based platform designed by BeagleBoard.org community members.

Hardware specs::

Hardware:1GHz ARM® Cortex™-A8 Based on TI’s DM3730 DaVinci™ digital media processor and compatible with the AM37x Sitara™ ARM microprocessors, 800 MHz C64x+™ digital signal processor, 3D graphics accelerator, On-board USB hub with Ethernet, Works with standard PC peripherals, Incredibly low-power operation..

The Beaglebone is a bare-bones BeagleBoard that acts as a USB or Ethernet connected expansion

companion for your current BeagleBoard and BeagleBoard-xM or works stand-alone. The

BeagleBone is small even by BeagleBoard standards and with the high-performance ARM

capabilities you expect from a BeagleBoard, the BeagleBone brings full-featured Linux to you.

Processor::AM3359 500MHZ-USB Powered 720MHZ-DC Powered

Memory: 256MB DDR2 400MHZ (128MB Optional)

 and yes it is made up of 6 layer PCB: with a PCB size of only 3.4“*2.1“..

 Useful Links:

http://www.arm9board.net

http://www.friendlyarm.net

http://tenettech.com/

http://www.hawkboard.org/

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About Beyond

an electronics hobbyst, 8 bit microcontroller(8051/AVR/Arduino) programmer, Linux lover, in love with Embedded Linux systems ... TGL: just push it "BEYOND THE LIMITS"..

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