Choose the right device
For more detailed parameters go to the Products tab.
Get the right tools
Once you have an idea of which device is for you it’s time to get started on development and choosing the right hardware and software tools are essential. The Tools & Software tab has a comprehensive list of tools for you to use to develop on the AM335x. The list is a bit daunting so below are the recommendations to get you started.
Low cost and full featured platforms to enable developers to explore the full functionality of the AM335x processor. Three platforms are highlighted below.Get Started Quickly & Inexpensively with BeagleBone Black
BeagleBone Black is the quickest & lowest cost path to AM335x development. At just $45 you can boot Linux in under 10-seconds and get started on development in less than 5 minutes with just a single USB cable.
For more information and to order the BeagleBone Black: http://www.ti.com/tool/beaglebk
To get started on development: http://beagleboard.org/Getting Started
Support Resources: http://beagleboard.org/support
Reference Designs & Circuits
If your design is similar to the ones listed below then a reference design and/or circuit can aid in your development. TI Designs Reference provides the foundation you need – methodology, testing and design files -- to quickly evaluate and customize a system and, most importantly, accelerate your time to market. For more reference designs and circuits that encompass embedded processors to power management to signal chain go to www.ti.com/tidesigns.
TI provides key runtime software components and documentation to further ease development. The following software components are the ones most widely used.Software Development Kits with Board Support Packages
Software Development Kits (SDK) for Sitara Processors are royalty-free and come included as part of the development kit. The latest version can also be downloaded on TI.com for free. SDKs include Board Support Packages (BSPs), tools, demos, documentation and more.
Integrated Development Environments
Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) provide a software developer a base set of software which allows a programmer to get started writing and testing code. IDEs can include a text editor, software tool chain, and a debugging environment all in a single application that typically runs from a host PC.
Find the right support
You know what processor you want to use, you ordered the hardware tools and downloaded the software tools, now you need to know what support resources are available in case you have any questions.