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The Atmel SAMA5D3 Xplained Eval Kit available from Mouser explains Linux


April, 2014 – Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking and shipping the Atmel SAMA5D3 Xplained Evaluation Kit, a low cost prototyping board for the Atmel SAMA5D3 family of processors based on the ARM Cortex A5 processor core. The board supports an external LCD interface, Gigabit Ethernet, and Arduino R3 expansion headers.

The Atmel SAMA5D3 Xplained Evaluation Kit available from Mouser Electronics is Atmel’s latest in a series of SAMA5D3 evaluation boards. This SAMA5D3 Xplained kit allows developers to easily evaluate the high level features of the SAMA5D3 processor. The board comes with 256Mbytes DDR2 DRAM, 256Mbytes NAND Flash, and has an SD card connector and a microSD™ slot. An LCD interface connector is supported by an LCD TFT controller with touchscreen capabilities. Two Ethernet connectors are available, one for 10/100 and the other for Gigabit Ethernet. There are two USB host ports as well as one micro AB USB connector. The board also has a set of Arduino R3 compatible expansion connectors that can connect to compatible Arduino™ shields. The board is powered by USB or can use an external 5VDC power supply. Full schematics and extensive documentation include reference pinouts for the standard USB and microSD contacts.

The Atmel SAMA5D3 family of processors are based on the ARM Cortex A5 core and run as fast as 536MHz at under 200mW. The Cortex A5 targets high performance, low power consumer applications that require fast data processing. The powerful ARM Cortex A5 CPU core has a 64-bit internal bus with a high performance memory architecture including cache memory and the on-chip memory management unit. With these advantages, the SAMA5D3 easily runs high level operating systems such as Linux.

Software support comes with a free Linux distribution package that includes Linux Kernel 3.10 and Linux Mainline. Yocto 1.5.1 is also supported, allowing developers to create their own custom Linux distribution.

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About Mouser Electronics
Mouser Electronics, a subsidiary of TTI, Inc., is part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. Mouser is an award-winning, authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor, focused on the rapid introduction of new products and technologies to electronic design engineers and buyers. features more than 4 million products online from more than 500 manufacturers. Mouser publishes multiple catalogs per year providing designers with up-to-date data on the components now available for the next generation of electronic devices. Mouser ships globally to over 400,000 customers in 170 countries from its 492,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility south of Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit

About Atmel Corporation
Atmel Corporation is a global leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing advanced semiconductors including microcontroller (MCU), programmable logic, and nonvolatile memory. By combining these core technologies, Atmel meets the evolving and growing needs of today’s electronic system design engineer through the production of general purpose and application specific system level integrated chips. Atmel’s world class expertise and wealth of experience in system-level integration enable all of Atmel’s products to be developed from their constituent blocks with minimum delay and risk.

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