StarterWare for ARM® based TI Sitara Processors




StarterWare provides C-based no-OS platform support for TI's ARM9™ and ARM® Cortex™ A8 based devices. StarterWare provides device abstraction layer libraries, peripheral programming examples such as Ethernet, graphics and USB, and board level example applications. StarterWare can be used stand-alone or with an RTOS (with appropriate changes to work in RTOS environment).

  • Peripheral programming interface
  • Example applications for each peripheral to demonstrate programming and usage of the peripheral
  • Software portability across devices for a given peripheral
  • Tool-chain agnostic C code (Some startup code will be in assembly and hence some part of the code will be tool dependent)
  • Support for Windows(R) host and Linux host
  • Support for the following tool chains:
    • Open source code generation tools (gcc) for ARM
    • TI code generation tools (TMS470)
    • IAR tool chain for ARM
  • Graphics library and USB stack ported with example applications
  • Doxygen based application programming interface (API) reference guide available with delivery package


  • lwIP, a free, BSD-style license, TCP/IP stack from Swedish Institute of Computer Science

  • out2rprc tool to create bootable application images

  • Application examples showing the usage of device abstraction layer (DAL) and demonstrating the capability of the peripherals

  • Pnmtoc tool to convert PNM image to C array

  • API reference guide, release notes and user guide

  • Wiki based user guide that provides a detailed list of instructions and helpful programming tips

  • Registry file for Code Composer Studio(tm) (CCS) (.gel)

  • bmp2c tool to convert BMP image to C array

  • Device abstraction layer for most of the peripherals

  • Boot loader and flashing utility

  • AISgen tool to convert .out to .ais

  • Out of box demo that boots from flash/mmcsd and demonstrates various peripherals


Supported products & hardware

Arm-based processors
AM1802 Sitara processor: Arm9, LPDDR, DDR2, Ethernet AM1806 Sitara processor: Arm9, LPDDR, DDR2, display AM1808 Sitara processor: Arm9, LPDDR, DDR2, display, Ethernet
Evaluation board
TMDSSK3358 AM335x starter kit

Technical documentation

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More literature StarterWare Wiki -- In-depth technical and "how-to" articles, FAQs, etc. Oct. 27, 2011

Related design resources

Software development

CCSTUDIO Code Composer Studio™ integrated development environment (IDE)

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