Samsung launches $250 Exynos 5based Arndale community board for app developers

If you're looking to create that perfect multi-threaded, NFC, GPS-based OpenCL app (and who isn't?), but found your development board options too limited, Samsung has good news. It's just launched the Arndale community development board around its Exynos 5 Dual SoC, with the ARM Cortex-A15 dual-core CPU and ARM Mali T604 GPU. Those specs give the board "an order of magnitude lift in performance" from the last model and full profile OpenCL capability, according to Samsung, on top of NFC, GPS and camera sensor features. That'll let developers go to town on new games, security and multimedia apps next month for $250 -- if that's you, check the PR after the break or coverage below.

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Samsung Opens New Opportunities for Mobile App Development With the Arndale Community Development Board

Arndale enables next generation of mobile applications development with the Exynos 5 Dual SoC, the world's first production solution based on the ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processor

SEOUL, Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, announced today the immediate availability of Arndale, a new community development board designed around its Exynos 5 Dual system-on-chip (SoC). The Exynos 5 Dual features the implementation of both the world's first dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A15 MPCore™ processor and the world's first quad-core ARM Mali™-T604 GPU based on 32nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process technology. Priced at an affordable $249.00, the newest board offers the open source developer community a rich environment for producing the highest caliber of mobile applications, including in the areas of gaming, security, multimedia and user interface on multiple operating systems.

"Consumer expectations for an engaging experience are now based on what the mobile world provides: the latest applications on a device that is always on, always connected and always ready"

"Imagination is the only barrier to the next era of mobile applications," stated TH Kim, vice president of System LSI marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. "The latest community development board powered by the Exynos 5 Dual gives developers access to a complete dual-core Cortex-A15 processor and Mali-T604 GPU platform with features not usually found on other community platforms, including NFC, GPS and a camera sensor. This inexpensive solution paves the way for an entirely new generation of middleware software and applications to be developed in an open source environment."

Samsung's Exynos 5 Dual processor delivers an order of magnitude lift in performance over current generation processors and leads the way in GPU compute as the first SoC capable of full profile OpenCL. The Exynos 5 Dual also incorporates the latest in security and multimedia technologies to meet the needs of the next generation of mobile products. The initial version of the Arndale board will ship with the Android Jellybean OS.

"Consumer expectations for an engaging experience are now based on what the mobile world provides: the latest applications on a device that is always on, always connected and always ready," said Ian Drew, executive vice president, marketing and business development, ARM. "ARM Partners, such as Samsung, are driving innovation in the mobile market and enabling innovation with the developer community by introducing platforms like the Arndale Community Development Board. By providing broad access to solutions based on the latest ARM technology on a single platform, Samsung will enable the next generation of engaging applications."

Arndale Board Specifications, Availability, and More

The Arndale community board is available for pre-order today. Further details include:

Specifications: www.arndaleboard.org or www.insignal.co.kr
Regions shipped: Worldwide
Where to buy: www.howchip.com
Community access: www.arndaleboard.org or http://wiki.arndaleboard.org
Mailing lists: https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/arndaleboard
Project review and submission: www.arndaleboard.org

For more information about Samsung's Eyxnos family of application processors, visit www.samsung.com/exynos.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 206,000 people in 197 offices across 72 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LED. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world's most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.