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Starter kit for Sharp BlueStreak system-on-chip supports Linux

Jan 23, 2003 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

(PR excerpt) — Sharp Microelectronics and Logic Product Development have announced a development kit for Sharp's BlueStreak LH79520 system-on-chip (SOC) embedded processor, a highly integrated SOC for mobile handheld applications. Logic's “Zoom Starter Development Kit” includes a compact (2.37 x 2.67 in.) single-board computer (the “Card Engine”) which includes Flash and SDRAM memory, touch panel… support, serial, audio codec, ethernet, and an optional Linux BSP.

The LH79520 combines a 32-bit ARM7TDMI RISC, 8KB cache, MMU, color LCD controller, and 32KB SRAM. Also included a DMA controller, 3 serial ports (16550 type), parallel port, Infrared port, counter/timers, real time clock, watchdog timer, pulse width modulators, and an on-chip phase lock loop. Typical applications for the LH79520 include handheld devices (GPS, PDA), point-of-sale products, home and office automation, and security control panels.

The Card Engine SBC has a bootloader/monitor loaded in Flash memory, allowing designers to download images and applications to the Card Engine. The development kit also includes an application board that has connections to all of the Card Engine specific peripherals and signals for application development, prototyping, and debugging. In addition, the kit will include GNU cross development tool chain for ARM targets for use with PC hosts running Windows 2000/Cygwin or Linux operating systems.

Logic's starter kit for the Sharp LH79520 is a reference design, intended to scale with the OEM's product roadmap. The platform will support Sharp's next generation BlueStreak MCUs and SOCs into the same application board, including Sharp's full line of 16- and 32-bit BlueStreak MCUs and SOCs.

The Zoom Starter Development Kit for Sharp's BlueStreak LH79520 SOC will be available in late January 2003.

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