CANONICAL HAS announced the arrival of a 64-bit ARM developer environment based on Ubuntu Core and the Arrow Dragonboard 410c board.
The board features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, and will provide the first 64-bit development board and SoC for Ubuntu Core. The idea is to give developers a powerful platform for Internet of Things (IoT) development with scale-out capabilities.
The Dragonboard is symbolic for Canonical as a reference platform for Ubuntu Core 64-bit development. This means that users will be assured of compatible updates for the long-term development of their designs.
Jon Melamut, VP of commercial devices operations at Canonical, said: “Adopting the DragonBoard 410c as our ARM 64-bit reference platform is proof of our commitment to the open platform community surrounding the board. Via snappy Ubuntu Core and the DragonBoard 410c, developers will have an affordable, accessible and flexible way to create new IoT solutions."
The Dragonboard 410c has already been positioned as a standardised development board under Linaro's 96Boards programme, which offers "the first open specification to define a platform for the delivery of compatible low-cost, small footprint 32-bit and 64-bit Cortex-A boards from the range of ARM SoC vendors".
As such, images of Snappy Ubuntu Core will be made available from 96Boards' website, along with documentation and support.
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, said in an interview with The INQUIRER last year: "Certified and supported Ubuntu platforms set the standard for safety and security in connected devices.
"Device manufacturers who choose Ubuntu Core on certified platforms now have a popular platform that meets corporate and government requirements for security updates and management."
The board itself, which retails in the US at $75 (around £54), is available direct from Arrow in the US with free shipping internationally.
Snappy Ubuntu Core was released for the Intel NUS DE3815TY board earlier this month, aimed at being the company's x86 reference platform.
The INQUIRER's sister site Computing will be holding an Internet of Things Business Summit in London on May 12. Attendance is free to qualifying end users and places are already going fast. Visit the event page to see the agenda and to sign up. µ
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