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Android Open Accessory Development Platforms

Mouser offers many Android Open Accessory Development Platforms from leading suppliers.

Android has a large community of developers writing apps that extend the functionality of the devices. Android powers millions of phones, tablets, and other devices and brings the power of Google and the web into your hands. As of February 2012 there were more than 450,000 apps available for Android, and the estimated number of applications downloaded from the Android Market as of December 2011 exceeded 10 billion.

By providing an open development platform, Android offers developers the ability to build extremely rich and innovative applications. Developers are free to take advantage of the device hardware, access location information, run background services, set alarms, add notifications to the status bar, and much, much more. With an amazingly fast browser, cloud sync, multi-tasking, easy connect & share, and the latest Google apps Android powered devices are beyond smart.

Developers have full access to the same framework APIs used by the core applications. The application architecture is designed to simplify the reuse of components; any application can publish its capabilities and any other application may then make use of those capabilities (subject to security constraints enforced by the framework). This same mechanism allows components to be replaced by the user. 



Microchip DM240415 PIC24F
Accessory Development Starter Kit for Android™

The Microchip DM240415 PIC24F Accessory Development Starter Kit for Android™ is a standalone board for evaluating and developing electronic accessories for Google's Android operating system for smartphones and tablets. The Microchip Technology DM240415 PIC24F Accessory Development Starter Kit for Android consists of a 16-bit PIC24 development board, a PICkit™ 3 In-Circuit Debugger and a royalty-free, no fee licensed software library (available via download) that enables the fast and easy development of Android smartphone and tablet accessories based on Microchip's portfolio of 16-bit and 32-bit PIC® microcontrollers.

  • Bundles Five Major Components
    • 16-bit PIC24F Development Board
    • PICkit 3 In-Circuit Debugger
    • RJ-11 to ICSP Adapter
    • 9V Power Supply
    • Royalty Free, No Fee Licensed Software Library
  • Board Features
    • PIC24F 16-bit PIC® MCU with USB OTG
    • Type A USB connector
    • User interface buttons
    • LEDs and potentiometer
    • Device charger circuitry up to 500mA
    • Arduino footprint compatible for prototyping
  • Android smartphones
    and tablets

Video: PIC24F Accessory Development Starter Kit for Android

Arduino Mega Android™ Development Kit

Arduino Mega Android™ Development Kit is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega2560 . It has a USB host interface to connect with Android -based phones, based on the MAX3421e IC . It has 54 digital input/output pins (of which 14 can be used as PWM outputs), 16 analog inputs, 4 UARTs (hardware serial ports), a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, and a reset button. Similar to the Mega 2560 and Uno , the Arduino Mega Android Development Kit features an Atmega8U2 programmed as a USB-to-serial converter.

Arduino recommends viewing Google's ADK documentation for information on using the board with the Android OS. The hardware design files and firmware code are contained in the ADK package download, available on the site.

  • Microcontroller : ATmega2560
  • Operating voltage: 5V
  • Input voltage (recommended): 7-12V
  • Input voltage (limits): 5.5-16V
  • Digital I/O pins: 54 (of which 14 provide PWM output)
  • Analog Input pins: 16
  • DC current per I/O Pin: 40mA
  • DC current for 3.3V Pin: 50mA
  • Flash memory: 256KB of which 8KB used by bootloader
  • SRAM : 8KB
  • EEPROM : 4KB
  • Clock speed: 16MHz
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Embedded Artists Android Open Accessory Application Kit

Embedded Artists Android Open Accessory Application (AOAA) Kit is a stand-alone platform for evaluating and prototyping electronic accessories for Google's Android operating system. It lets the user get up-and-running with Android OpenAccessory experiments immediately. The AOAA board is also suitable for experimenting with CAN, Ethernet, and RF networks. The Android Open Accessory Application Kit has been developed by Embedded Artists in close cooperation with NXP. It contains two microcontrollers from NXP, the LPC1769 (Cortex-M3) and LPC11C24 (Cortex-M0). The two microcontrollers are connected via an on-board CAN network.

AOAA Board (LPC1769) Features
  • Processor: NXP Cortex-M3 LPC1769 MCU in 100-LQFP package
  • Program Flash: 512kB
  • Data Memory: 64kB
  • USB Host interface for Android connection
  • USB Device interface (future proof for when Android devices can be USB Hosts also)
  • Communication interfaces:
    • 100/10M Ethernet interface based on SMSC LAN8720 Ethernet PHY
    • CAN interface
    • Pads for interfacing NXP/Jennic RF module (JN5148-XXX-M00)
    • Socket for Digi™ XBee RF module and interface compatible modules
    • Serial Expansion Connector, 14-pos connector with UART/I2C/SPI/GPIO pins
  • Clock Crystal: 12MHz crystal for CPU
  • Dimensions: 135 x 100mm (total size of board)
  • Powered via Android device's normal USB power plug
  • +5V DC external supply can also be connected via standard 2.1mm power jack
  • Internal +3.3V powering on board
  • IO and Peripherals:
    • Analog input with trimming potentiometer
    • Eight protected inputs/outputs (of which four can be analog inputs)
    • Four open collector outputs (for driving for example relays)
    • All free LPC1769 pins available on expansion connector
    • UART-to-USB bridge that also supports automatic ISP (for program download via UART/USB)
    • SWD/JTAG connector, 2x5 pos, 50 mil/1.27 mm pitch, standard SWD/JTAG connector
CAN Node (LPC11C24) Features
  • Processor: NXP Cortex-M0 LPC11C24 MCU in 48-LQFP package
  • Program Flash: 32kB
  • Data Memory: 8kB
  • CAN interface:
    • Directly connected to LPC1769 CAN interface on same board
    • Pads for DSUB9 and RJ45 CAN interface connectors exists (connectors not mounted)
  • Clock Crystal: 12MHz crystal for CPU
  • Dimensions: 69 x 23mm (part of the big 135 x 100mm board)
  • Powered via CAN interface (+5V)
  • On-board +3.3V powering
  • Connector:
    • All relevant LPC11C24 pins available on expansion connectors (dual 20 pos edge connector, 100 mil/2.54 mm pitch rows, 700 mil apart)
    • SWD/JTAG connector, 2x5 pos, 50 mil/1.27 mm pitch, standard SWD/JTAG connector

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Board Set-up

Board Set-up

Digi® Android™ Application Development Kit

Digi International Digi® Application Development Kit for Android™ builds on the strong Android software foundation and its rich eco-system by providing a complete and easy-to-use Android application development solution that is designed to meet the specific needs of embedded developers. Android is an ideal software platform to create professional and feature-complete products with significantly reduced software development effort and improved overall time-to-market.

Ready to use right out of the box, the kit includes the Android development tools, Android platform, Digi software and API extensions, the Eclipse-based Digi ESP™ IDE, development board with ConnectCore® for i.MX module, 7" WVGA LCD panel with touch screen, and documentation. The Digi software and API extensions also provide abstracted access to embedded peripherals and interfaces that are typically not available as part of the standard Android framework, including interfaces such as I2C and SPI. In addition, the Digi Application Development Kit for Android also implements fully transparent support for Ethernet and Wi-Fi network connectivity as well as seamless iDigi Device Cloud support for Android applications.

The software support for the hardware capabilities of Digi's ConnectCore for i.MX module family combined with the Digi extensions for Android enable customers to design Android based products without the typically complex and often difficult low-level system development effort.

Digi International Digi® Application Development Kit for Android™
  • Ready-to-use embedded Android application development solution
  • Fully integrated and optimized support for Digi embedded hardware platforms
  • Digi is the single point of contact for hardware and software support
  • Optional software and hardware design services available
  • Complete set of integrated Android tools, platform software components, and hardware
  • Highly accelerated and efficient application development can begin immediately
  • No low-level system development effort unless custom hardware component support required
  • Eliminates time-consuming and inefficient interaction with multiple vendors
  • Professional custom software and hardware design services offered through Digi and Embedded Development Partners for reduced design risk and improved time-to-market
General Features
  • Android platform: Gingerbread 2.3.4
  • Android development tools: Version 14.0
  • Digi ESP Eclipse environment: Version 3.5.1
  • Supported development platforms:
    Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7, Linux
  • Standard Emulator support
  • Kernel and roots customization option available
    on Linux hosts
Digi ESP™ Features
  • Based on Eclipse 3.5.1 and ADT 14.0
  • Digi sample code and API extensions
  • CVS source code management support
  • Visual source code debugging via Ethernet
  • Online help and cheat sheets
  • Digi Package Manager for online updates and software/documentation distribution

  • Embedded Solutions