Texas Instruments Sitara™ AM335x ARM® Cortex™-A8 processor fuels most powerful Arduino to date Arduino developers get up to 100 times more performance with the Sitara-processor-based TRE, opening the door to more advanced Linux-powered applications

ROME, Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) announced that the Sitara™ AM335x ARM® Cortex™-A8 processor has been selected to power the newest Arduino board, the Arduino TRE. TI's 1 GHz Sitara AM335x processor offers up to 100x more performance on the Arduino TRE, compared to the Arduino Leonardo or Uno. For the first time ever, Arduino users can use the full capabilities of Linux and gain access to a variety of new on-board connectivity options to develop a range of powerful, advanced applications while leveraging the simplicity of the Arduino software experience. The Sitara-processor-powered Arduino TRE serves as a network hub that can connect to millions of classic Arduino nodes, enabling customers to be at the forefront of the Internet-of-Things era.

"Arduino is already the biggest name in the open-source board market. 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."

Arduino users able to run full Linux for first time
By integrating TI's Sitara AM335x processor into the Arduino TRE, Arduino is making its entrance into the popular Linux computer market. For the first time, Arduino users no longer need a PC, but can access the full capabilities of Linux as well as a variety of connectivity options, including Ethernet, XBee wireless radios, USB and CAN. As a result, users can implement more advanced applications with high-resolution LCD displays, hardware-accelerated 3D graphics and increased connectivity. The AM335x processor also includes two on-chip 200 MHz 32-bit Programmable Real-time Unit (PRU) microcontrollers, which can be used for innumerable real-time applications including motor control and pulse width modulation. 

Arduino TRE offers high integration for numerous applications
Arduino TRE is two Arduinos in one: the Sitara-based Linux Arduino plus a full AVR-based Arduino. The integration of the AVR Arduino enables the Arduino TRE to use the existing shield header 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. The Sitara-processor-based Linux Arduino can run high-performance desktop applications, processing-intensive algorithms or high-speed communications.

Pricing and availability
The Sitara-processor-powered Arduino TRE is expected to be available in spring 2014. It can be purchased through arduino.cc and other major distributors of Arduino boards.

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About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world's brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at www.ti.com.

About Arduino
Arduino, the first widespread open source hardware platform, was launched in 2005 to simplify the process of electronic prototyping. It enables everyday people with little or no technical background to build interactive products.

The Arduino ecosystem is a combination of three different elements:

  • A small electronic board manufactured in Italy that makes it easy and affordable to learn to program a microcontroller, a type of tiny computer found inside millions of everyday objects.
  • A free software application used to program the board.
  • A vibrant community, true expression of the enthusiasm powering the project. Every day on the www.arduino.cc website thousands of people connect with other users, ask for help, engage and contribute to the project.

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