What do you need to buy to getting started with RoadRunner

The RoadRunner is a component so its main application is to use it as core for customer designed application boards.

We are designing some RoadRunner carrier boards thought for specific applications like LCD terminals, M2M devices, wireless sensors, etc. but right now the fastest way to try this module is to buy the Berta D2 evaluation board available on this site:

EUR 30.00

BERTA-D2 - Basic evaluation board for RoadRunner SOM

Basic evaluation board for RoadRunner SOM:

  • RoadRunner not included
  • MicroSD not included
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EUR 36.00

ROADRUNNER-Q16 - SAMA5D27 System on module (16MB)

RoadRunner D2 is a small and low-cost Linux embedded system on chip

  • Atmel SAMA5D27 MPU
  • 256 MByte of DDR3 RAM
  • 16MB of QuadSPI on-board
  • Extended temperature range (-40° +85°)
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You need also a bootable microSD. You can buy a ready-to-use one here:

EUR 20.00

DEBM8G-E-RR - Debian microSD 8GB industrial grade for RoadRunner

Bootable 8GB microSD with a preinstalled Debian Linux distribution for RoadRunner SOM.

  • Class 10 HC
  • Temperature range: -25° to +85°

Please note that this card contains Open Source code under GPL licence and you are buying just the memory card not the software on it. Any rights on this software or support are not included.

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or make it by yourself downloading the ready-to-use image from this site or reading the tutorials to make it from scratch. Other microSD sizes are available from this link.

A serial to USB interface is also recommended to check the MPU messages during the bootstrap phase or to have access to the Linux console directly. Two types of converters are available:

EUR 8.00

USB-3V-SER - USB to 3V3 serial converter

USB to 3V3 serial converter ad 3.3 volt with separated pin plugs

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EUR 8.00

DPI - Debug Port Interface

DPI is an USB-to-serial interface to link the Acme boards debug port to a PC USB host port and have access at the Linux system console using a terminal emulator program like minicom, putty, hyperterminal, etc.

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Four 20x2 pins male or female strip could be useful to wire external devices to your Berta D2 board:

EUR 0.80

STRIP-002 - Female strip 20x2 pin pitch 2.54mm
  • Female strip
  • 20x2 pin
  • Pitch 2.54mm (100mils)

EUR 0.60

STRIP-001 - Male strip 20x2 pin pitch 2.54mm
  • Male strip
  • 20x2 pin
  • Pitch 2.54mm (100mils)
  • Pin lenght 6mm

Other things you need are a 5VDC power supply, a microUSB cable and an Ethernet cable.