Circuitco: PANDABOARD ES Development Platform based on TI OMAP4460 Processor

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Kit Overview


Pandaboard ESPandaboard ES is an OMAP4460 platform designed to provide access to as many of the powerful features of the OMAP4460 Multimedia Processor as possible, while maintaining a low cost. This will allow the user to develop software to utilize the features of the powerful OMAP4460 processor. In addition, by providing expandability via onboard connectors, the Pandaboard ESPandaboard ES supports development of additional capabilities/functionality.


The heart of Pandaboard ESPandaboard ES is the OMAP4460 processor. The OMAP4460 high-performance multimedia application device is based on enhanced OMAP™ architecture and uses 45-nm technology. The OMAP 4 processor balances processing across four main engines: a programmable multimedia engine based on TI’s C64x DSP and power-efficient, multi-format hardware accelerators; general-purpose processing based on the dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ supporting symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) and capable of speeds of more than 1 GHz per core; a high-performance programmable graphics engine; and an Image Signal Processor (ISP) for unparalleled video and imaging performance.


Primary persistent storage is via an SD Card slot allowing SDHC cards up to 32 GB to be used. The board includes wired 10/100 Ethernet as well as wireless Ethernet and Bluetooth connectivity. Its size is slightly larger than the ETX/XTX Computer form factor at 4 × 4.5 in (100 × 110 mm). The board can output video signals via DVI and HDMI interfaces. It also has 3.5 mm audio connectors. It has two USB host ports and one USB On-The-Go port, supporting USB 2.0. The Pandaboard ESPandaboard ES also has an integrated SGX540 graphics processor and provides 1080p HDMI output. PandaBoard ES is optimized to run various mobile open source software distributions such as Android, Ubuntu, MeeGo and more.


Key Applications: Streaming video up to full high definition (HD) , 2-dimensional (2D)/3-dimensional (3D) mobile gaming, Video conferencing, High-resolution still image.

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Development Tools


Software Development Tools:

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IDETexas InstrumentsCode Composer Studio (CCStudio)TI ARM MCUs CCStudio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for TI embedded   processor families. CCStudio comprises a suite of tools used to develop and debug embedded applications. It includes   compilers for each of TI's device families, source code editor, project build environment, debugger, profiler, simulators,   real-time operating system and many other features. Learn More
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Hardware Development Tools:


Tool   TypeSupplierMPNSupported   FamilyDescription
Emulator / Debugger / ProgrammerARMULINK2ULINK2ARM Cortex™-M  / ARM7™ / ARM9™ULINK2 Debug Adapter
Emulator / Debugger / ProgrammerARMULINKProULINKProARM Cortex™-M  / ARM7™ / ARM9™ULINKpro Debug and Trace Unit
EmulatorSeggerJ-LinkJ-LinkARM Cortex™-M  / Cortex-R4 / ARM7™ / ARM9™JTAG/SWD Emulator with USB interface
ProgrammerSeggerFlasher ARMFlasher ARMARM Cortex™-M  / Cortex-R4 / ARM7™ / ARM9™Flash Programmer for ARM and Cortex cores



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Technical Documents

Learning Center


User GuideTI: OMAP4460 Multimedia Device ES1.x Public TRM Version Z (Rev. Z)
User GuideTI: OMAP44xx ES2.x/ES1.x - ABE and HAL TRM Addendum Version H OCT 2012 (Rev. H)
User GuideTI: Functional Delta for Public TRM OMAP4430 to OMAP4460 v1.16 (Rev. D)
Product Brief

TI: OMAP4460 Silicon Errata 1.1,1.0 Public Version I

Product BriefTI: OMAP 4 Mobile Applications Platform (Rev. B)
DatasheetTI: OMAP4460 ES1.x Public Data Manual Version A (Rev. A)


Design Elements


SchematicsPANDABOARD: Schematics of PANDABOARDES



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Kit Features

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Core Logic OMAP4460 applications processor

  • Dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ with Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) at upto 1.2 GHz each.
  • Full HD (1080p) multi-standard video encode/decode
  • Imagination Technologies’ POWERVR™ SGX540 graphics core supporting all major API's including OpenGL® ES v2.0, OpenGL ES v1.1, OpenVG v1.1 and EGL v1.3 and delivering 2x sustained performance compared to the previous SGX530 core
  • Low power audio


  • HDMI v1.3 Connector (Type A) to drive HD displays
  • DVI-D Connector (can drive a 2nd display, simultaneous display; requires HDMI to DVI-D adapter)
  • LCD expansion header
  • DSI Support


  • 1 GB low power DDR2 RAM
  • Full size SD/MMC card cage with support for High-Speed & High-Capacity SD cards


  • 3.5"  Audio in/out
  • HDMI Audio out
  • Sterio audio input support


  • Onboard 10/100 Ethernet

Wireless Connectivity

  • 802.11 b/g/n (based on WiLink™ 6.0)
  • Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR (based on WiLink™ 6.0). Bluetooth Low Energy Capable.


  • 1x USB 2.0 High-Speed On-the-go port
  • 2x USB 2.0 High-Speed host ports
  • General purpose expansion header (I2C, GPMC, USB, MMC, DSS, ETM)
  • Camera expansion header
  • LCD signal expansion using a single set of resistor banks


  • JTAG
  • UART/RS-232
  • 2 status LEDs (configurable)
  • 1 GPIO Button
  • Sysboot switch available on board


  • Height: 4.5" (114.3 mm)
  • Width:  4.0" (101.6 mm)
  • Weight: 2.88 oz (81.5 grams)



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Kit Contents


  • 1 Pandaboard ESPandaboard ES board
  • Board packing material
  • 1 Shipping Box


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