Embest: TI AM3359 ARM Cortex-A8 Based DevKit8600 Evaluation Kit

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Embest introduces its latest DevKit8600DevKit8600 based on Texas Instruments’ Sitara AM3359 ARM Cortex-A8 processor, is a complete development platform and supports running high-level operating systems such as Linux, WinCE and Android. This kit is a reliable and solid reference design and embedded product for application development such as Gaming Peripherals, Home and Industrial Automation, Consumer Medical Appliances, Printers, Smart Toll Systems, Connected Vending Machines, Weighing Scales, Educational Consoles and Advanced Toys.


The Texas Instruments AM335x microprocessor contains ARM Cortex-A8 based Microprocessor unit (MPU), a POWERVR SGX Graphics Accelerator subsystem for 3D graphics acceleration to support display and gaming effects and the Programmable Real-Time Unit and Industrial Communication Subsystem (PRU-ICSS) is separate from the ARM core, allowing independent operation and clocking for greater efficiency and flexibility. The PRU-ICSS enables additional peripheral interfaces and real-time protocols such as EtherCAT, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, PROFIBUS, Ethernet Powerlink, Sercos, and others.


The DevKit8600DevKit8600 Evaluation Board takes the full features of the 720MHz AM3359 processor and exposed the rich hardware peripherals through connectors or headers including serial ports, USB Host, OTG, Ethernet, CAN, RS485, LCD/TSP, TF, WiFi//Bluetooth, Audio, ADC, SPI, I2C and JTAG. It also offers 512MBytes of DDR3 SDRAM and 512Mbytes of NAND Flash on board memory. The Board is able to support Linux 3.1.0, Android 2.3 and WinCE7 OS. The software package includes the BSP and drivers of which many are in source code.

The DevKit8600DevKit8600 Evaluation Kit includes the DevKit8600 evaluation board and all necessary accessories to help the users to start their development. It is preloaded with Linux OS in NAND flash and WinCE OS in TF card. User can output the display using 4.3" or 7” TFT Touch Screen LCD display. Embest has provided all the necessary documentation like user manual, schematics, datasheet and BSP to help customers better understand and use the kit. Besides, it is also provided with Android 2.3 demo.


Ordering Information:

DevKit8600DevKit8600DevKit8600 Evaluation Board (Without LCD)
DevKit8600 with 4.3" LCDDevKit8600 with 4.3" LCDDevKit8600 Evaluation Kit with 4.3 inch LCD

DevKit8600 with 7" LCDDevKit8600 with 7" LCD

DevKit8600 Evaluation Kit with 7 inch LCD

Key Applications: Connected Vending Machines, Home/Building Automation, Consumer Electronics.

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Development Tools


Software Development Tools:


Tool TypeSupplierMPNSupported FamilyDescription
IDETexas InstrumentsCode Composer Studio (CCStudio)TI ARM MCUsCCStudio 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, a source code editor, project build environment, debugger, profiler, simulators, a real-time operating system and many other features. Learn More
IDEARMDS-5ARM Cortex™-A  / Cortex™-R / ARM9™ / ARM11™

The ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) tool enable developers to get the best from their ARM technology-based systems. Whether implementing an ARM processor-based SoC or writing software for an Application Specific Standard Product (ASSP), ARM tools enable you to deliver the best solution with the highest performance and lowest power consumption. Learn More



Hardware Development Tools:


Tool TypeSupplierMPNSupported FamilyDescription
Debuggers, Emulators & JTAG ToolsEmbestXDS100v2XDS100v2ARM 9 / ARM Cortex R4 / A8USB JTAG Emulator
Debuggers, Emulators & JTAG ToolsARMDSTRM-KT-0181ADSTRM-KT-0181AARM7 / ARM9 / ARM11 / Cortex-A / Cortex-R / Cortex-MDSTREAM Debug and Trace Unit
Debuggers, Emulators & JTAG ToolsSeggerJ-LinkJ-LinkARM Cortex™-M  / Cortex-R4 / Cortex-A / ARM7™ / ARM9™JTAG/SWD Emulator with USB interface
ProgrammerSeggerFlasher ARMFlasher ARMARM Cortex™-M  / Cortex-R4 / Cortex-A / ARM7™ / ARM9™Flash Programmer for ARM and Cortex cores


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Technical Documents

Learning Center


User ManualEmbest: User Manual for DevKit8600 Evaluation Board
User GuideEmbest: Quick User Guide for DevKit8600 Evaluation Board
User ManualTI: Technical Reference Manual for AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 Microprocessors (MPUs) (Rev.G)
Product BriefEmbest: Product Brief for DevKit8600
DatasheetTI: Datasheet for TI AM3359 MCU
WhitepaperTI: PROFIBUS on AM335x and AM1810 Sitara ARM Microprocessor


Design Elements


LayoutEmbest: Top Layer of Component Layout for DevKit8600 Evaluation Board  with Board Dimension
IBIS ModelTI: AM335x ZCE IBIS Model
IBIS ModelTI: AM335x ZCZ IBIS Model (Rev. B)
Simulation ModelTI: IBIS Model for AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 Microprocessor (NFBGA/ZCZ)
CAD ModelTI: BSDL files for AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 Microprocessor (NFBGA/ZCZ)


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Kit Features



Hardware Features


  • Mechanical Parameters
    • Dimensions: 130mm x 80mm
    • Power Supply: +12V
    • Working Temperature: 0~70°C


  • Processor
    • TI AM3359 ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessor
    • 720-MHz ARM Cortex-A8 32-bit RISC MPU
    • NEON™ SIMD Coprocessor
    • 32KB/32KB of L1 Instruction/Data Cache with Single-Error Detection (parity)
    • 256KB of L2 Cache with Error Correcting Code (ECC)
    • SGX530 Graphics Engine
    • Programmable Real-Time Unit Subsystem


  • Memory and Storage
    • 512MBytes DDR3 SDRAM
    • 512MBytes NAND Flash
    • TF card slot


  • Data Transfer Interfaces
    • 5 line Debug serial port, RS232 voltage (brings out by DB9 connector)
    • 5 line serial port, TTL voltage (brings out by 2.0mm pitch 10-pin dip connector J6)
    • Two 3 line serial ports, TTL voltage (brings out by 2.0mm pitch 10-pin dip connector J5)
    • RS485 serial port (brings out by 8-pin Phoenix Connector)
    • USB2.0 OTG port with Integrated PHY, High-speed (Mini USB type)
    • USB2.0 Host port with Integrated PHY, High-speed (USB-A type)
    • WiFi/Bluetooth Module (only support linux at present)
    • CAN 2.0 interface (8-pin Phoenix Connector)
    • 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet interface (RJ45 connector)
    • GPMC bus interface (brings out by 2.0mm pitch 30-pin dip connector J14)


  • Audio/Video Interfaces
    • Audio input interface (3.5mm audio jack)
    • 2-channel audio output interface (3.5mm audio jack)
    • TFT LCD interface / 4 line Resistive Touch Screen interface (50pin FPC connector)


  • Input/Output Interfaces and Other Facilities
    • Battery backed RTC (User needs to prepare battery himself, CR1220 model is ok)
    • Reset button
    • Three User buttons (HOME, MENU, BACK)
    • JTAG connector (2.54mm pitch 14-pin dip connector J7)
    • 4-channel ADC (brings out by 2.0mm 10-pin dip connector J10)
    • 1-channel SPI interface (brings out by 2.0mm 10-pin dip connector J8)
    • 1-channel I2C interfaces (brings out by 2.0mm 10-pin dip connector J6)


Software Features







(First boot loader)




(Second boot loader)







Supports    ROM/CRAM/EXT2/EXT3/FAT/NFS/ JFFS2/UBIFS file systems


Debug serial port, RTC, Ethernet, NAND Flash, TFT LCD, Touch screen, TF card, USB Device, USB host, Audio input/output, LED, Keypad, CAN, RS485, WiFi/Bluetooth

(do not provide source code)





Debug serial port,    RTC, Ethernet, NAND Flash, Touch screen,
TF card, USB Device,    USB host, Audio input/output, LED, Keypad, 2D/3D



(First boot loader)



(Second boot loader)




OAL    module

Boot    parameter


Serial    debug




Kernel    profiler

System    timer

Interrupt    controller



Debug serial port, RTC, Ethernet, NAND Flash, TFT LCD, Touch screen, TF card, USB Device, USB host,    Audio input/output, RS485, NLED, Keypad, PRU

PowerVR (2D/3D) DDK & SDK


Application    module

Flash    Player plug-in and Flash player

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Kit Contents


The Embest DevKit8600DevKit8600 Evaluation Board supplied with below contents:


  • DevKit8600 Evaluation board  
  • 2GB TF card                 
  • Serial cable (DB9-DB9)                 
  • 12V@1.25A Power adapter                 
  • USB cable (Type A Male to Type Mini-B Male)                 
  • USB cable (Type A Female to Type Mini-A Male)                    
  • Crossover Ethernet cable  
  • WiFi antenna
  • Product DVD (including user manual, schematic in PDF format, datasheet, Linux 3.1.0 BSP, Android 2.3 BSP and WinCE 7 BSP)

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Add-on Modules


Part NumberDescriptionInterface to BoardLinux



VGA8000VGA8000VGA ModuleLCDSupport*Support*Support*
WF8000-UWF8000-UWiFi ModuleUSB HostSupport*Not yetNot yet
CAM8100-UCAM8100-UDigital Camera ModuleUSB HostSupport*Not yetNot yet
CDMA8000-UCDMA8000-U3G Module (CDMA2000 standard)USB HostSupport*Not yetNot yet
WCDMA8000-UWCDMA8000-U3G Module (WCDMA standard)USB HostSupport*Not yetNot yet
LVDS8000LVDS8000LVDS ModuleLCDSupport*Support*Support*
XDS100v2XDS100v2Emulator for debuggingJTAG---


* = Provided with Source Code


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