Eval SDK Turrialba for Zoom AM3517 EVM Board

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Revision History

Date Revision
08-2013 1
Initial Version


What's new?

  • CodeSourcery Toolchain 2009q1
  • Updated kernel version to 2.6.37
  • Updated DVSDK version to
  • SD boot support.

Differences between the EVAL SDK and Professional SDK

The EVAL SDK Turrialba is based on the Professional SDK Turrialba but it has been added some limitations. The main differences between both SDK versions are listed below:

Table 2. Differences between EVAL SDK and Professional SDK release Turrialba
Feature EVAL SDK Professional SDK
GStreamer plugins Yes Yes
DVSDK 4 support Yes Yes
Can be used to develop commercial products No Yes
Can be used for personal or education proposes Yes Yes
RidgeRun's professional support No Yes

Supported Operating Systems

Linux Distribution Ubuntu 9.04, 9.10, 10.04 and 10.10 in 32 bits and 64 bits.

SDK Details

This is an Evaluation Linux SDK build for Texas Instruments AM35xx System on Chip and based on the Professional SDK Turrialba.


This SDK is designed to run on the Zoom AM3517 EVM.


This SDK includes:

  • ARM toolchain: gcc 4.3.3.
  • U-Boot 2011.09
  • Linux kernel 2.6.37. Support for:
    • Video output support: DVI, Component and Composite.
    • UART.
    • MTD (NAND flash).
    • V4L2.
    • Real time clock.
    • USB (host and gadget).
    • VPBE Framebuffer.
    • Ethernet.
    • I2C.
    • SPI.
    • MMC/SD.
  • Integration with TI's digital video toolkit for DaVinci platforms - DVSDK
    • Please make sure to download and install the DVSDK before building the RidgeRun SDK.
    • Install the TI's SDK by running ti-sdk-am3517-evm- Be sure to use the default installation values.
    • ti-sdk-am3517-evm- can be downloaded from TI's site.

Known Limitations and Defects

RidgeRun offers the evaluation SDK for hobbyists willing to invest time getting they project to work. RidgeRun also offers the evaluation SDK for professional companies in product development who want to try out the SDK before purchase. RidgeRun will extend the professional SDK as required by our customers. Many of those changes will be ported to the evaluation SDK.

Expect the list below to change regularly as new limitations are reported and defect fixes are checked in.

  • Boot from NAND using UBIFS or JFFS2 is not supported by the moment.
  • In order to use the RidgeRun's installer system and more specific the NAND support it is necessary to use RidgeRun's u-boot instead of the default u-boot that comes with the board. Read the following article to know How to flash the RidgeRun's u-boot in a new board.

Support Information

This SDK doesn't include support services. Make sure to read the links listed below (Related Links) in order to solve some of the main issues.

RidgeRun Professional SDK provides handful of debug and profile tools, professional Linux development support and a wider range of drivers. Contact RidgeRun at inquiries@ridgerun.com for information and pricing on Professional SDK for the platforms you need.

SDK Download Instructions

If you want to get the Zoom AM35xx EVM EVAL SDK Turrialba you need to go to our (Download link) page and select the Zoom AM35xx EVM SDK Turrialba. You will be asked for your email address and some information. Once you have submitted the required information you will receive an email with the following information:

  • A link to download the SDK Turrialba Installer file for GNU/Linux based operative systems.
  • A username and password to download the installer.
  • A link to the installation instructions.

In order to compile the SDK you need to install the toolchain. Further instructions available at RidgeRun Turrialba SDK User Guide.