SAMA5D29-Curiosity Development Board

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In this training, we introduce the SAMA5D29-Curiosity Development Board (P/N: EV07R15A)

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What can I do with the SAMA5D29-Curiosity?

The SAMA5D29-Curiosity is designed for evaluating and prototyping with the high-performance, ultra-low power ATSAMA5D29 Arm® Cortex®-A5 CPU embedded microprocessor (MPU) running up to 500 MHz. You can use it to develop embedded Linux® or Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) applications.

Visit Microchip's MPUs product page for information on our MPU offerings. 

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What is the SAMA5D29-Curiosity?

The SAMA5D29-Curiosity Development Board is a multi-function demonstration and development platform featuring: 

  • SAMA5D29 MPU 
  • Mass Storage 
  • Communications 
  • Debugging 
  • User Interface 
  • Expansion 
  • Power Options 

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How do I get started?

Start by familiarizing yourself with the "SAMA5D29-Curiosity - Features" page and then jump to the "SAMA5D29-Curiosity – Booting Demo Linux Image" page. 

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Where can I get demo images?

Demonstration images for the SAMA5D29-Curiosity are available on the Linux4SAM website. Images are available from two build automation systems: 

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How Do I Write Images?

Demonstration images can be flashed onto a microSD memory card (of size 1 GB or higher) using the balenaEtcher utility program. BalenaEtcher is a cross-platform utility program used for writing image files onto storage media.  

For more information on writing demonstration Linux images, see the "SAMA5D29-Curiosity - Booting Demo Linux Image" page.

You can alternatively write an image to the onboard Serial Quad I/O (SQI) Flash memory. This is done using the SAM-BA® In-System Programmer (ISP) utility. 

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How Do I Develop?

There are two popular methods for MPU development, with Embedded Linux or MPLAB Harmony v3 Software Framework. 

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Where can I get source code?

Source code is available through the Linux4SAM GitHub repository. 

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How do I debug?


A JTAG/ICE (In-Circuit Emulator) interface to the SAMA5D29-Curiosity is provided by a 20-pin connector (J27). This facilitates software development and debugging by connecting an external JTAG debugger such as the J-32 Debug Probe or Segger J-Link BASE Debug Probe

Console Serial Port

A console serial port is available using the Serial Debug port. The SAMA5D29-Curiosity features a dedicated serial UART port (J28) (3.3 or 5.0 VDC TTL level) for communicating with the target console where you can: 

  • View the kernel log 
  • Query processes 
  • Get information on various internal features of the system 

See the "SAMA5D29-Curiosity – Console Serial Communications" page for more information about the Linux console. 

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Where can I get additional information?

Additional information can be found on the SAMA5D29-Curiosity product webpage. There you can find: 

  • User’s Guide 
  • Design Files 
  • Manufacturing Files 
  • Links to component datasheets 

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Where can I order one?

You can purchase a SAMA5D29-Curiosty (Part Number: EV07R15A) at Microchip Purchasing & Client Services or your favorite Microchip distributor. 

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What is included in the box?

Contents of the box are: 

  • The SAMA5D29-Curiosity Development Board 
  • USB-A to USB Type-C cable 

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What do I need to supply?

For booting demo Linux images, you will need to supply: 

  • Personal computer (Windows®, macOS®, Linux) running a terminal program 
  • USB-to-Serial 3.3 or 5.0 VDC TTL Level adapter with a 6-pin single-in-line 0.1” pitch connector 
  • microSD memory card (1 GB or larger) 

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