want advice on SAM development board to buy

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Hi guys

 

I can't find a forum for SAM or embedded linux, that's why I post this question here.

 

I want to play around with embedded linux, and I found that this website (Linux4SAM Getting started) has the most comprehensive documents I can find on embedded linux. So I want to buy a board to play with. They have a few boards listed on the website, and I am not sure which one to buy.

 

SAMA5D2 Xplained

SAMA5D3 Xplained

SAMA5D4 Xplained

SAM9

 

I was thinking to get the SAMA5D2, but it's not listed on the getting started page (only on the side bar). That makes me thinks it's not getting as much support as the other boards?? I want to get a board with the best support/documents, but also as low coast as possilbe. (As I am paying it with my own money)

 

Thanks guys!

 

 

Zhuhua Wu - Electronic Engineering Student

Last Edited: Sun. Jul 10, 2016 - 04:53 AM
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I'll move this to the Atmel SAM community

 

Jim
 

 

 

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Why would you want to use a sama5 series device? For much less money you can buy boards like the beaglebone black, raspberry pi etc that have more performance to boot.

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bug13avr wrote:
I was thinking to get the SAMA5D2, but it's not listed on the getting started page (only on the side bar). That makes me thinks it's not getting as much support as the other boards??
Some resources for the SAMA5D2 Xplained :

eewiki

Linux on ARM

SAMA5D2 Xplained Ultra

by Robert Nelson

last modified on Jun 21, 2016

https://eewiki.net/display/linuxonarm/SAMA5D2+Xplained+Ultra

P.S.

Not Linux (an RTOS) :

http://www.nuttx.org/Documentation/NuttX.html#armcortexa5

 

"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller

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"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller

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Kartman wrote:
Why would you want to use a sama5 series device? For much less money you can buy boards like the beaglebone black, raspberry pi etc that have more performance to boot.

 

The local ad for (embedded) ee usually mention experience with linux in AVR (assuming sama5 series). If spending one or two hundreds more can make me more competitive, I think it's worth it in the long run. Assuming my logic is true in the eyes of future employers. This is my main motivation. I would love to hear others opinions on this tho. 

The second reason is the documentation I see on the website I linked in, I like good documentation. (Although the documentations linked in by gchapman looks pretty good too).

 

 

Zhuhua Wu - Electronic Engineering Student

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Thanks for the links, especially the documentations relating to the product. 

Zhuhua Wu - Electronic Engineering Student

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The AVRs that run linux are obsolete. So scratch that idea. Linux is linux, so whether is is running on a wireless router, your PC or anything in between, its all much the same. You said you wanted cheap. If samA5 is flavour of the month, then next month it might be nxp's new product that's recently released.

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Another industrial ARMv7-A in SoM form instead of a single board computer :

Olimex on Wordpress

https://olimex.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/new-sitara-am3352-som-ind-with-industrial-grade-components-work-from-40c-up-to-85c/

11 Jul 2016

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Debian Linux distribution is officially distributed, but recent patch add support for AM3352-SOM in Beaglebone kernel

 

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Thanks qchapman

Zhuhua Wu - Electronic Engineering Student