ELECTRONICS: eCosCentric Limited’s eCosPro^® Developer’s Kit for Texas Instruments’ (TI) Zoom OMAP™-L138 eXperimenter Kit. The OMAP-L138 low-power applications processor from TI is based on a 300 MHz ARM926EJ-STM core and a 300 MHz TMS320C674x digital signal processor (DSP) core, enabling devices featuring robust operating systems support, rich user interfaces and high processing performance. The Zoom OMAP-L138 eXperimenter Kit from TI is a low-cost application development kit for evaluating the functionality of the energy-efficient OMAP-L138 applications processor.The eCosPro Developer’s Kit offers the stability, feature set and quality of support required for commercial embedded application development with eCos. This Kit delivers architectural support for the ARM926EJ-S core featured on the OMAP-L138 and drivers for many peripherals including Ethernet, serial, watchdog, real time clock, interrupts, timers and memory controllers. Memory driver support for NOR flash and MMC/SDHC cards is also included, using the SPI and MCI buses. The eCosPro Developer’s Kit offers full-featured and low-profile TCP/IP network stacks and a choice of journaling, MS-DOS compatible, ROM and RAM file-systems. Plus, the eCosPro Developer’s Kit supports RedBoot, a comprehensive debug and bootstrap solution that enables Ethernet- and UART- based flashing and debug of software for easy development. All of these features are supported from eCosCentric’s Eclipse-based IDE, available for both Microsoft Windows and popular Linux distributions. In addition, eCosCentric provides guaranteed direct support from the original creators of eCos. Delivering comprehensive support for the rich on-chip peripheral set of the OMAP-L138 allows customers to focus on building innovative applications rapidly without having to spend development effort writing low-level drivers.
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