The PandaBoard is a super low-power, low-cost single-board computer. It was developed based on the Texas Instruments OMAP4430 system on a chip.
Currently, two models are available for purchase, both available at a subsidized price. The PandaBoard sells for $174 USD, while the PandaBoard ES sells for $182. Not a huge difference in pricing, but the PandaBoard ES is newer, and does pack some additional features. The ES is based on the OMAP4460 SoC, with the GPU and CPU running at higher clock rates.
The PandaBoard runs the Linux kernel, and comes with either Android or Mozilla Firefox OS user environments. Alternatively, optimized versions of Ubuntu and Android are available from the Linaro Foundation, as they’ve selected PandaBoard to be one of the platforms they support.
When it comes to graphics, the PandaBoard features an integrated SGX540 graphics processor. This provides 1080p HDMI output. It supports OpenGL ES 2.0, Open GL ES 1.1, OpenVG 1.1 and EGL 1.3.
There is a real-time clock on the PandaBoard, but there is no battery to save time if and when power is removed. NTP can set the correct date and time if the board has access to an NTP server, or a software clock can set the clock based on time of the last modification to the system.