I’ve added a page to this blog that contains useful information about the Tegra Development Board:
Home Page (this page)
I wasn’t able to achieve it last night, but tonight I post this blog directly from the Tegra development board. I wasn’t able to use the Tegra development board to post last night simpy because I had not inserted an SD card into the available slot. Now, with that in place, the browser works great, and I’m able to use this wonderful little computer as a very functional device.
This posting is perhaps one of the most important postings I have had in a long time. It’s just like any other posting, except for one thing. I am writing about my new Android development platform: a “Netbook Device Grade”, Nvidia Tegra Development Kit, running Android 2.2.
I ordered my developer kit from Nvidia a couple weeks ago, and after waiting patiently for the device to be built because it was on back order, and a whole week of un-necessary delays by Fed Ex, the kit finally arrived today.
So, naturally when I got home I had to set it up and turn it on. With a standard VGA cable, I was able to connect the board to my 36″ television and take a few pictures:
The first picture shows how Android looks on my 36″ television. The paper taped to the television is for scale and reads ‘Android ™ on my 36″ TV‘. The second picture is the Nvidia Tegra development kit all hooked up. The debug board is not connected.
The Nvidia Tegra development kit is a great product. Is it worth the price? Sure – especially considering it’s giving me a jumpstart on non-phone Android hardware, and especially because I’ll be able to build a case for it and use it as a notebook/portable computing device. The only hurdle I had to get through, really, was Nvidia’s approval process to become a registered developer. But, I figured since I do Android development full time for a living, it would be fine … which it was. 🙂
And, I am glad to be working with Android on some hardware that’s not only a step up from a cell phone, but a dual-core step up (Tegra is a dual core processor).
I did notice a couple things about the board, that you might want to be aware of if you plan on venturing into Tegra waters:
I can’t wait to benchmark this board and see what it can do.
Overall, I give the Tegra development kit two thumbs up. Looking forward to some dual-core Android development and mucking around in the board support packages.