The i.MX Product Development Kit (PDK), from Freescale Semiconductor, shorten development cycles for mobile, portable and other embedded device developers. The three-stack hardware system includes a board support package (BSP) and robust, product-ready software that enable engineers to quickly create multimedia devices for consumer, automotive, industrial and general embedded markets. The PDK is initially available for the widely-adopted i.MX31 multimedia applications processor. The i.MX31 PDK is available now. The list price is $2,500 USD and includes the 3-stack hardware solution, tested and verified BSPs for the Windows Embedded CE 5.0, Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and Linux 2.6.24 operating systems, enhanced software such as multimedia frameworks and wireless connectivity stacks, demonstrations of optimized codecs, and technical support.
The PDK’s integrated modular design is engineered to enable a more efficient development process – a critical benefit for accelerating hardware and software integration. The PDK simplifies development with three separate, reusable modules that work together for streamlined software creation.
i.MX31 PDK Features
- A CPU module
A single board computer containing the i.MX31 processor based on the powerful ARM-1136[tm] core, memories, and Freescale’s MC14783 power management IC.
- A Personality module
A peripherals board that manages advanced end-product functionality such as touchscreen capabilities, accelerometers and wireless connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth and WiFi.
- A Debug module
A common interface board for all existing and future PDKs, the module contains the functions necessary for software and applications development, including serial, Ethernet, and JTAG interface.
The i.MX31 PDK includes an optimized Windows Embedded CE or Linux BSP, multimedia framework, demo applications, and wireless connectivity protocol stacks. It also incorporates many of Freescale’s key technologies including the MMA7455L 3-axis digital accelerometer, which provides motion detection that recognizes natural human movement. Some examples in small portable electronics include gesture recognition, tilt to scroll in all directions, or silencing a phone by tapping it.
Freescale’s MC13783 power management IC is also utilized in the PDK, allowing multimedia products to offer robust features with low power consumption. The MC13783 offers an abundance of different power saving modes, giving the system developer the ability to make trade-offs between power consumption in stand-by and recovery times.
More information: i.MX31 Product Development Kit