If you enjoy creating your own electronic projects you might be interested in a new modular development platform called the Improv which is a modular engineering kit that comes with a CPU card and a separate feature card to connect it to.
The design of the Improv system allows the processor card to power the device while the feature card provides convenient access to the on-board capabilities of the processor card through a variety of ports and pins.
The Improv system comes pre-installed with the Linux-based Mer operating system and is powered by a ARM Cortex-A7 1Ghz dual core (Allwinner A20) supported by Mali400MP2 with OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1 and supported by 1GB of DDR2 RAM with 4GB NAND flash onboard.
“We chose Mer because it has been designed specifically for device development, has a thriving community of both companies and enthusiasts and has a proven open governance model directing development. You aren’t locked into this, however: you can install the operating system of your choice.
This unique design allows one to have multiple CPU cards for different projects, upgrade the kit by ordering new CPU cards for additional features or feature cards for different sets of ports and off-board components.”
For more information on the new Improv jump over to the Make Play Live website for details and full specifications.