AM437x Industrial Development Kit (IDK)
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The AM437x Industrial Development Kit (IDK) is an application development platform for evaluating the industrial communication and control capabilities of Sitara™ AM4379 and AM4377 processors for industrial applications.

The AM4379 and AM4377 processors are ideal for industrial communications, industrial control, and industrial drives applications. The AM437x processors integrate a quad-core Programmable Real-time Unit (PRU) that has been architected to implement the real-time communication technologies used in a broad range of industrial automation equipment. It enables low foot print designs with minimal external components and with best in class low power performance.

Target Applications

The IDK hardware and software are designed for industrial applications:

  • Industrial drives
  • Industrial sensors and I/O units
  • Industrial communication gateways
  • Programmable logic/automation controllers (PLC/PAC) with integrated industrial communications such as EtherCAT and feedback such as EnDat.

Hardware Specifications Software and Tools Connectivity
  • AM4379 ARM Cortex-A9
  • 1GB DDR3
  • QSPI-NOR flash
  • Discrete power solution
  • Industrial communication interfaces
  • EnDat connectivity for motor feedback control
  • On-board 2Mp camera
  • Starterware base port
  • Code Composer Studio integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Application stacks for industrial communication protocols
  • Sample industrial applications
  • EtherCAT
  • EnDat 2.2
  • BiSS
  • CANOpen
  • Ethernet/IP
  • IEC61850
  • PWM
  • Motor axis position feedback
  • Up to 3-phase motor drive connector
  • Sigma Delta Decimation Filter
  • Digital inputs and outputs (I/O)
  • SPI
  • UART
  • JTAG

System Requirements

For evaluation of sample industrial applications:

  • EtherCAT/PROFIBUS master/PLC equipment (not included) to communicate with the AM437x IDK
  • Up to 3-phase motor with optional position feedback sensing (not included)

For application development:

  • Windows XP/7 based workstation
  • Industrial Software Development Kit
  • Code Composer Studio IDE

  • Technical documentation
    User guides (1)
    *This is not an TI official document.
    Title Date Type
    AM437x IDK Hardware User's Guide 04 Nov 2014 Wiki*
    White papers (4)
    Title Type Size (KB) Date
    PDF 1633 04 Dec 2018
    PDF 1177 01 Aug 2018
    PDF 1726 29 Apr 2015
    PDF 235 21 Nov 2013
    Design files (6)
    Title Type Size (KB) Date
    ZIP 580 22 May 2017
    ZIP 1276 22 May 2017
    ZIP 6065 22 May 2017
    ZIP 21148 22 May 2017
    ZIP 870 22 May 2017
    ZIP 11389 22 May 2017

    Software development (2)

    Name Part Number Software Type
    Code Composer Studio (CCS) Integrated Development Environment (IDE)  CCSTUDIO  IDEs, configuration, compilers & debuggers 
    SYS/BIOS Industrial Software Development Kit (SDK) for Sitara™ Processors  SYSBIOSSDK-IND-SITARA  Software development kits (SDK) 

    Design tools & simulation (2)

    Name Part Number Tool Type
    Clock Tree Tool for Sitara, Automotive, Vision Analytics, & Digital Signal Processors  CLOCKTREETOOL  Calculation tools 
    Pin mux tool  PINMUXTOOL  Calculation tools 

    Reference Designs (1)

    Name Part Number Tool Type
    Single Chip Drive for Industrial Communications and Motor Control  TIDEP0025  Reference design 

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