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Computex: Linaro Announces $199 Samsung Dev Board, Promises Two Additional SoC Members

Open Source outfit Linaro has announced this morning, in partnership with Samsung, the launch of the Origen development board, which joins the likes of ST-Ericsson's Snowball and TI's Pandaboard.

As expected the board comes with the Samsung Exynos 4210, a dual core system-on-chip based on the ARM Cortex A9 architecture combined with the Mali 400 GPU. There's also 1GB RAM onboard, a number of interfaces like HDMI, SD card, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, stereo audio, USB 2.0, serial, LCD, JTAG debug and camera.

Aimed primarily at developers, the board which was presented earlier today by George Grey, the CEO of Linaro, will cost $199 and will be available shortly at Insignal.

"The Origen board and Linaro's provision of software and tools makes it easier, faster and less expensive for developers and companies to develop high-end embedded Linux products," Grey said.

Grey told that Linaro is working hard to recruit two other semiconductor companies, with at least one coming from Taiwan, which could either be Mediatek or VIA.

Linaro was launched almost one year ago with ARM, IBM, Samsung, Freescale Semiconductors, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments to optimise the Linux kernel for the ARM platform.