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Rico Board (TI AM437x)
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The Rico Board is an excellent high-performance Single Board Computer (SBC) using the newest TIs AM437x Sitara ARM Cortex-A9 based solution. This new generation solution has an increase in performance, as well as extensive reuse from the ARM Cortex-A8 offerings. It features up to 1GHz of processing power, 3D graphics acceleration for rich graphical user interfaces, PRU-ICSS for industrial protocols, improved Vector Floating Point (VFP) unit and other peripherals and interfaces support like Quad-SPI, dual parallel cameras, two independent eight-channel ADCs, etc.

Rico Board - TI AM437x ARM Cortex-A9 Single Board Computer

The AM437x processor family has four different pin-to-pin compatible AM437x device variations: the Sitara AM4376, AM4377, AM4378 and AM4379. They only have differences in options whether they have offered 3D graphics accelerator and their PRU can support for the EtherCAT slave protocol. Users can make selections according to their requirements.

TI AM437x Devices

The Rico board is equipped with 512MB DDR3, 4GB eMMC Flash, 16MB QSPI Flash and 32KB EEPROM on board. Additionally, it has rich peripherals including a Debug serial port, USB 2.0 Host and Device ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, TF card slot, HDMI port, dual camera interfaces, LCD interface, etc. Two 2.54mm pitch 40-pin expansion connectors allow the availability of more I/Os for peripheral signals like two SPI, two I2C, two CAN, four UARTs, one MMC and eight-channel ADC.

The Rico Board is capable of running Linux operating system and provided with Linux 3.12.10 SDK of which the kernel and many drivers are in source code. MYIR also offer a complete Rico Board development kit that includes a Rico Board, necessary cable accessories, an optional 7-inch LCD Module (including capacitive touch screen), optional 3G, WiFi, Camera and GPRS modules, and detailed documents to enable rapid development when customers getting the board out-of-the-box.

The Rico Board can be used for the evaluation module (EVM) for the AM437x processor family; it can also be used directly for your embedded products. Typical applications are industrial automation, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), bar code scanners, portable data terminals, test and measurement, patient monitoring and human machine interface (HMI).

The Rico Board has been selected as the Host Controller Board for TI' TIDA-00750 People Counting Demand Controlled Ventilation 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) Reference Design due to its affordable cost, ready-to-use interfaces and Debian supporting.

TIDA-00750 People Counting for Demand Controlled Ventilation Using 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) Reference Design Board Image

People Counting Demand Controlled Ventilation 3D Time-of-Flight Design Guide (Rev.A) (PDF 4942 KB)





Up to 1GHz TI AM437x Sitara ARM Cortex-A9 32-Bit RISC processor
- POWERVR SGX Graphics Accelerator subsystem for 3D graphics acceleration to support display and gaming effects
- Single-cycle vector floating point (VFP)
- Dual camera and display processing subsystem
- Cryptographic acceleration and secure boot
- PRU-ICSS enables simultaneous industrial Ethernet protocols and motor feedback protocols
- Support for 32 bit LPDDR2/DDR3/DDR3L
- Low power: ~5mW deep sleep and < 0.1mW RTC-only
- Simplified power sequence for flexible power designs


512MB DDR3 SDRAM (2 x 256MB, 32-bit), compatible with 256MB/1GB DDR3 SDRAM


256/512MB Nand Flash (reserved)
16MB QSPI Flash
TF card interface


1 x Debug serial port
1 x 10/100/1000M Ethernet
1 x Mini USB 2.0 Device port
1 x USB Host 2.0 port


1 x HDMI interface
1 x LCD interface

Input and Output

1 x 1.27mm pitch 20-pin JTAG interface (not soldered, on the back of the board)
2 x 30-pin Camera Interfaces
4 x Buttons (1x Reset, 2 x User, 1 x Power)
5 x LEDs (3 x User LEDs, 1 x Power indicator, 1 RGB LED)

2 x 2.54mm pitch 40-pin female expansion connectors brought out peripherals below:
- 2 x SPI
- 2 x I2C
- 2 x CAN
- 4 x UARTs
- 1 x MMC
- 8 x ADC


65mm x 100mm x 1.6mm (8-layer PCB design)

Power supply

USB power supply or DC 5V/2A


Power Management IC (TPS65218)

Working Temp.

0~70 Celsius

OS support Linux 3.12.10

Rico Board Top-view

Rico Board Bottom-view

Hardware Features

The TI AM437x high-performance processors are based on the ARM Cortex-A9 core. Customers using this next generation solution will see an increase in performance, as well as extensive reuse from the ARM Cortex-A8 offerings.

Increasing performance and peripheral support
Sitara AM437x processors deliver the right balance of:
• Up to 1GHz of processing power
• 3D graphics accelerator
• On-chip quad-core PRU co-processor for real-time processing
• Improved vector floating-point unit

• Display subsystem

• Two parallel camera ports
• Dual-port 1Gb Ethernet switch
• Two independent, eight-channel ADCs
• WiLink connectivity drivers
• Industrial protocols via PRU-ICSS

A. Use of TSC will limit available ADC0 inputs.

B. Max clock: LPDDR2 = 266 MHz; DDR3/DDR3L = 400 MHz

AM437x Function Block Diagram

Rico Board Function Block Diagram

Rico Board Dimension Chart

Software Features




Boot program


First boot program (source code)


Secondary boot program (source code)

Linux Kernel

Linux 3.12.10

Customized kernel for Rico Board (source code)


USB Host

USB Host driver (source code)

USB Device

USB Device driver (source code)


Gigabit Ethernet driver (source code)


MMC/SD/TF card driver (source code)


NandFlash driver (source code)


eMMC driver (source code)

LCD Controller

LCD driver, can support 7-inch LCD Module (source code)


Touch driver (source code)


HDMI driver (source code)


Button driver (source code)


UART driver (source code)


LED driver (source code)


GPIO driver (source code)


RTC driver (source code)


Watchdog driver (source code)


Camera driver

File System


Provide tar package and ubi image file

Relative Download and Links

You can download relative chip datasheet, products datasheet, user manual, software package from below. Any inquiry, please contact MYIR.

1 TI AM437x Datasheet 2.76 MB
2 TI AM437x Technical Reference Manual 19.8 MB
3 Rico Board Overview 840 KB
4 Rico Board Dimensions 107 KB
5 Rico Board Pinouts Description 866 KB
6 Rico Board Schematic 410 KB
7 Rico Board Quick Start Guide 1.28 MB

Rico Board Top-view

Rico Board Bottom-view

Dual Camera Demo 01

Dual Camera Demo 02

Order Informatin


Part No.

Packing List

Rico Board


- One Rico Board (delivered with AM4378 as default)

- One product disk

Rico Kit

- One Rico Board (delivered with AM4378 as default)

- One 1.5m cross Ethernet cable

- One 1.5m Mini USB2.0 cable

- One HDMI cable

- One 4GB TF card

- One 5V/2A Power adapter

- One product disk (including user manual,
schematic in PDF format, datasheets
and software package)

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