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Texas Instruments Introduces MSP432 ARM Cortex-M4F MCU Family

March 25th, 2015 No comments

Texas Instruments has just launched a successor for its 16-bit MSP430 MCU family with MSP432 MCU series featuring a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4F core, a DSP, up to 256 KB flash, up to 64 KB SRAM, and according to the company ” delivering a ULPBench score of 167.4 outperforming all other Cortex-M3 and -M4F MCUs on the market”. The new MCU family targets  consumer & portable electronics, building & factory automation & control, smart grid & energy,  healthcare & fitness, and wearables applications.

MSP432_Block_DiagramKey features listed for MSP432P4xx:

  • MCU – 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4F up to 48 MHz with FPU and DSP. Delivers 3.4 Coremark/MHz
  • Memory – Up to 64 KB RAM;  Selectable RAM retention
  • Storage – Up to 256 KB Flash; dual bank for simultaneous reading and writing
  • Security – 256-bit AES encryption, JTAG access lock, 4 IP Protection regions
  • EnergyTrace Technology
    • Real-time power measurement and debugging
    • Generate application energy profiles including current and CPU state
  • Ultra-Low Power Consumption:
    • 95 uA/MHz active mode
    • 850 nA LPM3 (With RTC)
    • Wake-Up From Standby Mode in < 10uS
  • ADC – 24-ch 14-bit (13.2 ENOB) differential ADC; up to 1 MSPS; 375 uA at full speed
  • Voltage – 1.62 to 3.7 V operation

There are currently 6 devices available with 32 to 64KB RAM, 128 to 256KB flash and various I/O options and packages.

MSP432 Family Table (Click to Enlarge)

MSP432 Family Table (Click to Enlarge)

To allow customers to quickly evaluate the new MSP432 MCU, Texas Instruments also launched MSP432 LaunchPad Evaluation Kit based on MSP432P401R with 256KB flash and 64KB RAM.

MSP432 Launchpad Board

MSP432 Launchpad Board

Key features listed for the kit:

  • Low-power ARM Cortex-M4F MSP432P401R
  • 40-pin LaunchPad standard that leverages the BoosterPack ecosystem
  • XDS110-ET, an open-source onboard debugger featuring EnergyTrace+ technology and application UART
  • Two buttons and two LEDs for user interaction
  • Backchannel UART through USB to PC

The kit includes the board, a micro USB cable, and a quick start guide.

Software examples and hardware design files have been released for the board. Development can be performed with MSPWare Software Development Package either from the desktop or within a web browser. MSP432 MCUs are also said to support real-time operating system (RTOS) such as TI-RTOS, FreeRTOS and Micrium uC/OS.

MSP432P401RIPZ MCU is already sampling, while other upcoming devices will be available later, and pricing starts at $2.15 US in 1K units.  MSP-EXP432P401R LaunchPad kit will sell for just $12.99, and the company can also provide MSP-TS432PZ100 target board for $89. You can find more details, including documentation, tools, and software for the boards, on Texas Instruments MSP432 product page.


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TechNexion Introduces Intel Edison Compatible PICO-iMX6 SoM and DWARF Board

March 16th, 2015 No comments

Intel Edison is a board made for wearables featuring an SoC with Intel Atom and Quark CPU cores. TechNexion, an embedded systems company based in Taiwan, has decided to make a mechanically and electrically compatible system-on-module featuring Frescale i.MX6 Solo or Duallite ARM Cortex A9 processor called PICO-iMX6. The company is also providing a PICO-DWARF baseboard that’s both compatible with PICO-iMX6 SoM and Edison board. DWARF stands for “Drones, Wearables, Appliances, Robotics and Fun”, so that pretty much explains what the platform is for.

PICO-iMX6 System-on-Module

PICO-iMX6-SD Module (Click to Enlarge)

PICO-iMX6-SD Module (Click to Enlarge)

Two version of the modules are available: PICO-iMX6-SD and PICO-iMX6-EMMC, the former with a micro SD slot for storage, and the latter a 4GB eMMC. Both share the followings specifications:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX6 Solo / Duallite  single/dual core ARM Cortex A9 @ 1Ghz with Vivante GC880 3D GPU and Vivante GC320 2D GPU (Composition)
  • System Memory – 512MB or 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – PICO-iMX6-SD: micro SD slot;  PICO-iMX6-EMMC: 4GB eMMC
  • Connectivity
    • Gigabit Network RGMII Signals routed to board-to-board connector
    • Broadcom BCM4335 802.11ac Wi-Fi
    • Broadcom BCM4336 Bluetooth  4.0
  • Connectors – 1x Intel Edison compatible connector (Hirose 70-pin); 2x Hirose 70-pin connectors
  • I/O Interface Signaling
    • Edison I/O @ 1.8V
      • 9x GPIO
      • 4x PWM
      • 2x I²C, 1x SPI, 2x UART
      • 1x I²S
      • USB-OTG
      • SDIO (4-bit)
    • Additional I/O @ 3.3V
      • Display I/F – Single Channel LVDS; 24-bit TTL RGB; HDMI 1.4; MIPI DSI Display
      • Camera – MIPI CSI Camera
      • PCIe
      • RGMII (gigabit LAN)
      • CAN
  • Video – Decode: 1080p30 + D1; Encode: 1080p30 H.264 BP / Dual 720p
  • Power Supply  – 3.3 ~ 4.5 VDC input
  • Dimensions – 36 x 40 mm
  • Weight – 8 grams
  • Temperature Range – Commercial : 0° to 60° C; Extended : -20° to 70° C; Industrial : -40° to 85° C (no WiFi possible)
  • Relative Humidity – 10 – 90%
  • Certification – CE, FCC, RoHS, REACh

PICO-iMX6_Block_DiagramIntel Edison board measures 36x25mm, so PICO-iMX6 module is a little bigger, and it might not always be 100% compatible depending on your application’s mechanical requirements. Edison Board comes with 1GB RAM, 4GB eMMC, and features a similar Broadcom BCM43340 wireless module. Beside the 70-pin “Edison compatible” connector, TechNexion SoMs also add two hirose connectors for additional signals.

The company can provide BSP for Linux 3.x, Yocto, Android 4.3, Android 4.4, Android 5.0, and Ubuntu. These are not available for download yet, but you should eventually be able to get the necessary files via the Download Center.

PICO-DWARF Carrier Board

If you think PICO-DWARF baseboard looks familiar, it’s because it’s heavily inspired from Wandboard development board, replacing RS-232 DB9 connector by a MIPI connector, removing optical S/PDIF, and a few other modifications.

PICO-DWARF (Left) vs Wandbaord (Right)

PICO-DWARF (Left) vs Wandbaord (Right)

While on the other side of the board, the larger EDM module, as been replaced with the tiny PICO-IMX6 SoM.

PICO-DWARF specifications are listed as follows:

Bottom of PICO-DWARF Board

Bottom of PICO-DWARF Board

  • Supported System-on-Module
    • Intel Edison connector (1x 70-pin Hirose Connector)
    • TechNexion Pico connectors (3x 70-pin Hirose Connector)
  • External Storage – 1x SATA data + power connector, 1x micro SD slot
  • Connectivity – Gigabit LAN (Atheros AR8031) with RJ45 connector
  • Video Output / Display
    • HDMI
    • Single Channel LVDS (expansion header)
    • 24-bit TTL RGB (expansion header)
    • MIPI DSI Display on 33-pin FPC Connector
  • Camera – MIPI CSI signals on 33-pin FPC connector
  • Audio – Freescale SGTL5000 audio codec; Three 3.5 mm jacks for stereo audio in, stereo audio out, and microphone
  • Sensors – Altimeter (Freescale MPL3115A2), 3D Accelerometer (Freescale FXOS8700CQ), Gyroscope (Freescale FXAS21002)
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 Host connector,  1x USB 2.0 OTG connector
  • Expansion Headers with access to signaling for single Channel LVDS,  24-bit TTL RGB, PCIe, CAN, GPIO, PWM, I²C, SPI, and UART
  • Misc – RTC DS1337+ with backup battery
  • Power
    • 5V DC +/- 5% via 5.5 / 2.1mm barrel jack
    • LiPo Battery with Freescale MC32BC3770CSR2 based battery charging circuit; 2-pin header for battery
  • Temperature – Commercial : 0° to 60° C
  • Relative Humidity – 10 – 90%
  • Dimensions – 95 x 95 mm
  • Weight – 40 grams
  • Certification – CE, FCC, RoHS, REACh directives
Block Diagram for the DWARF Platform (Click to Enlarge)

Block Diagram for the DWARF Platform (Click to Enlarge)

Please note that SATA won’t be supported by i.MX6 Solo or Duallite processor, so this would only work on future modules featuring Freescale i.MX6 Dual or Quad processor. PICO-DWARF carrier board will be open source hardware, as the company plans to release the schematics, design files, board files and bills of material for the board, just as they’ve done for their previous products.

PICO-DWARF baseboard and PICO-IMX6 modules are expected to start shipping in May and June, with the baseboard and PICO-IMX6-SD first, shortly followed by PICO-MX6-eMMC modules, and a quad core version. PICO-iMX6-SD with Freescale i.MX6 Solo will sell for about $50, while kits based on PICO-iMX6 SoM and PICO-DWARF carrier board will go for $130 to $150 depending on configuration. Further details can be found on TechNexion’s PICO page.

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Compulab Announces CM-T43 CoM and SBC-T43 Board Powered by TI Sitara AM437x Processors

March 12th, 2015 No comments

Compulab has just introduced CM-T43 computer-on-module (CoM) powered by Texas Instruments Sitara AM437x ARM Cortex A9 processor and built-in wired and wireless connectivity, and targeting networking, industrial communications and IoT applications. The company has also announced the corresponding SBC-T43 single board computer featuring the module plus a baseboard.

Compulab CM-T43 Module

CM-T43_System-on-Module_640pxCM-T43 CoM specifications:

  • SoC – Texas Instruments Cortex-A9 Sitara AM4376 / AM4379 SoC up to 1GHz with PowerVR SGX530 GPU (AM4379 only)
  • System Memory – Up to 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 4GB to 32GB on-board eMMC, 128MB to 512MB on-board SLC NAND
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet PHY, and Marvell 88W8897 chipset for dual-band, dual-antenna 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac/a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, and NFC (ISO 14443A/B, ISO 18092 and ISO 15693)
  • Audio codec –  Wolson Audio codec with stereo line-out, line-in, mic via edge connector
  • 204-pin SO-DIMM edge connector with access to:
    • USB2.0 high-speed dual-role (host / device) port, USB2.0 high-speed host port
    • Up to 6 UART ports
    • Up to 2 CAN bus interfaces
    • Up to 3 MMC/SD/SDIO interfaces
    • Up to 2 I2C interfaces, Up to 4 configurable SPI bus interfaces
    • Up to 133 multifunction signals (GPIO)
    • Display – Parallel 24-bit display interface – up to 100 Mpixels/sec
    • 4/5/8-wire resistive touch-screen support
    • Capacitive touch-screen support through SPI interface
    • 16 general-purpose ADC channels
  • Misc – Real time clock
  • Power – 3.3V to 5V / Li-Ion battery
  • Dimensions – 36 x 68 x 5 mm
CM-T43 System-on-Module Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

CM-T43 System-on-Module Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

CM-T43 SoM is provided with documentation, include an hardware reference manual, and software packages for Linux and Android operating systems. Documentation, or least the website, appears to be in construction, and there’s no software documentation available at the time of writing, but eventually more details may show up on Compulab’s Wiki.

Compulab SBC-T43 Single Board Computer

Compulab SCB-T43 (Click to Enlarge)

Compulab SCB-T43 (Click to Enlarge)

SBC-T43 board specifications:

  • SoC / RAM / Storage  – As per CM-T43 CoM specifications + SD card slot on baseboard
  • Display
    • 24-bit parallel RGB interface up to 1400×1050 with resistive touchscreen interface. Compatible with tartec KD050C 5″ 480×800 TFT LCD panel
    • DVI interface up to 1400×1050 (HDMI connector)
    • LVDS interface up to 1400×1050
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) + Wi-Fi and BT on CM-T43 module
  • Analog Audio – 3.5mm jacks for stereo output, line-in, and microphone
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Other I/Os on various headers
    • Serial
      • 1x serial debug port via UART-to-USB bridge
      • 1x serial debug port via RS232 transceiver (ultra-mini serial connector) mutually exclusive with serial debug port via USB
      • Up to 3x UART (3.3V)
      • 1x CAN bus with isolator and driver
    • Up to 2x SPI, 2x I2C
    • 16x ADC inputs
    • Up to 24x GPIOs
  • Misc – RTC
  • Power Supply – 8 to 15V DC input; digital I/Os: 3.3V
  • Dimensions – 150 x 130 x 22 mm
  • Weight – 145 grams
  • Temperature Range – Commercial: 0° to 70° C;  Extended: -20° to 70° C; Industrial: -40° to 85° C
SBC-T43 Single Board Computer Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

SBC-T43 Board Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

The kit contains CM-T43-C1000M-D1G-N4G-E2-A-WB module (AM4379, 1GB RAM, 4GB eMMC, 2x Gigabit Ethernet, Audio codec, and Wi-Fi+Bt), SB-SOM-T43 baseboard, a WiFi antenna and cable,a serial port cable, an HDMI to DVI cable, a USB cable and adapter, an LCD panel, adapters & cables for generic LCD panel interface, and a 12V power supply. It will also include 12 months technical support, and a 45-day trial period.

CM-T43 will be available in April 2015, with various configuration options and a price starting at $37 for 1k order for CM-T43-C800-D128-N128 with AM4736 processor, 128MB DRAM, 128MB NAND Flash, and no Ethernet, no audio, nor Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity. You can get more details on Compulab’s CM-T43 SoM and SBC-T43 board product pages.

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Emcraft Systems STM32F7 ARM Cortex M7 SoM and Development Kit Run uClinux

March 11th, 2015 No comments

STMicro announced their STM32F7 MCU family the same as ARM announced their latest ARM Cortex M7 core for high-end micro-controllers last September. Emcraft Systems have now launched a STM32F7 system-on-module with 32MB SDRAM and 16MB NOR flash, and ported uClinux to the platform. The company has also launched a STM32F7 starter kit for evaluation and development. Both target industrial automation, system and power management, wireless networking / sensors and other embedded applications.

STM32F7-SOM-1A Module

STM32F7-SOMSTM32F7 system-on-module specifications:

  • MCU – STMicro STM32F746 Cortex M7 MCU up to 200 MHz with 320KB RAM, 1MB flash in TFBGA-216 package
  • System Memory – 32MB SDRAM
  • Storage – 16MB NOR flash
  • Connectivity – 802.3 Ethernet PHY
  • SoM connectors – 2x 80-pin (0.4mm pitch)
  • Debugging – ARM SWJ-DP combined JTAG and serial wire debug port
  • Misc – Watchdog, RTC, USB and other I/Os via SoM connectors
  • Power – 3.3V DC; Low-power mode with short startup times; Deep-sleep power mode with ultra- low power consumption profiles;
  • Dimensions – 30 mm x 46mm
  • Compliant with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive
STM32F7 Module Block Diagram

STM32F7 Module Block Diagram

The company provides U-boot and uClinux 2.6.33 source code, binary images, and documentation for the module, as well as hardware documentation.

STM32F7 Starter Kit

STM32F7_Starter_KitIn order to quickly get started with the SoM, a starter kit (KIT-STM32F7-EXT) composed of STM32F7 SoM and SOM-BSB-EXT baseboard is also available with the following key features:

The baseboard is 100×70 mm in size and has the following main interfaces:

  • SoM Connectors – For STM32F7 SoM
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
  • USB – 1x mini USB interface using a USB-UART bridge, 1x  mini USB OTG Interface
  • Debugging – mini USB (UART), 20-pin ARM JTAG interface
  • Expansion – Breadboard area with unused STM32F7 signals
  • Misc – User LEDs and push-buttons (reset, user)
  • Power Supply – 5V via mini USB (UART) interface or VCC3 on SoM
  • Dimensions – 100×70 mm

You can watch the demo showcasing fast boot to Qt (4s) and the performance of the system on a Qt based user interface, which is said to have greatly improved over STM32F4 thanks to ART accelerator and L1 cache in STM32F7.

The starter kit can be pre-ordered for $159, and the STM32F7 SoM sells for $27 per unit in 10K+ orders. Software and hardware documentation, and pre-order links are available on Emcraft’s STM32F7 SoM product page.

The company is also getting rid of stock of their older starter kits based on Microsemi SmartFusion (Cortex-M3 + FPGA) and NXP LPC1788 for $49.

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MYiR Tech Announces Low Cost Rico and Z-turn Boards Powered by TI AM437x and Xilinx Zynq-7010 SoCs

March 3rd, 2015 3 comments

Shenzhen based MYIR Tech has just launched two new single board computers with Rico board featuring Texas Instruments Sitara AM437x ARM Cortex A9 industrial processor, and Z-Turn board based on Xilinx Zynq-7010 ARM Cortex A9 + FPGA SoC. Both boards sell for $99 in single quantity.

Rico Board


  • SoC – Texas Instruments AM4379 single core ARM Cortex A9 processor @ 1.0GHz with PowerVR SGX530 GPU, and 4x PRU @ 200 MHz. Other AM437x on request.
  • System Memory – 512MB DDR3 (Options: 256MB or 1GB)
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC, 256 or 512 MB NAND flash (reserved), 16MB QSPI flash, 32KB EEPROM, and micro SD slot
  • Video Output – HDMI and LCD interfaces (LCD connector located on bottom of the board).
  • Connectivity  – 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
  • USB – 1x mini USB 2.0 device port, 1x USB 2.0 host post
  • Camera – 2x 30-pin camera interface
  • Debugging – 1x debug serial port, 1x 20-pin JTAG interface, 1x 14-pin JTAG interface
  • Expansion Headers – 2x 40-pin headers with access to 2x SPI, 2x I2C, 2x CAN, 4x UARTs, 1x MMC, and 8x ADC
  • Misc – 4x buttons (reset, power, and 2x user), 5x LEDs (reset, power, and 3x user), boot selection jumpers
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A power barrel
  • Dimensions – 100 x 65 x 1.6  mm (8-layer PCB)
  • Temperature Range – 0 to 70°C

Rico_Board_DescriptionThe company provides a Linux 3.14.0 SDK for the board with the source code for the bootloaders (SPL and U-boot), the kernel and relevant drivers, and buildroot build system, as well as a complete hardware development kit that includes a Rico Board, various cables, a 4GB micro SD card, a 5V/2A power adapter, and an optional 7-inch LCD Module with capacitive touch screen. Source code is provided with a CD that comes with the board.

You can find more information and order the board or kit on MYiR Tech Rico Board product page. The kit sells for $139, and you’ll need to add $99 for the 7″ touchscreen display.

Z-Turn Board

MYS-XC7010 / MYS-XC7020 boards specifications:

  • SoC – Xilinx XC7Z010-1CLG400C (Zynq-7010) with two ARM Cortex A9 cores @ 667 MHz, Artix-7 FPGA fabric with 28K logic cells, 17,600 LUTs, 80 DSP slices. Zilinx Zynq-7020 optional.
  • System Memory – 1 GB of DDR3 SDRAM (2 x 512MB, 32-bit)
  • Storage – 16MB SPI flash, 512 NAND flash (reserved), and a micro SD slot
  • Video Output – HDMI up to 1080p
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000M Ethernet
  • USB – 1x mini USB 2.0 OTG port
  • Debugging – USB-UART debug interface, 14-pin JTAG interface
  • User I/O (via two SMT female connector on the bottom of the board) – 90/106 user I/O (7010/7020), configurable as up to 39 LVDS pairs, or I/Os such as SPI. I2C, LCD, camera, CAN, Ethernet, etc…
  • Sensors – 3-axis acceleration sensor and temperature sensor
  • Misc – CAN interface, 2x buttons (reset and user), boot selection jumpers, 5x LEDs, 1x Buzzer
  • Power – 5V via USB, or 5V/2V power barrel
  • Dimensions – 102 x 63 x 1.6 mm (8-layer PCB)

A Linux 3.15.0 SDK is provided with gcc 4.6.1, a binary bootloader, the source code for the kernel and drivers, and a minimal ramdisk and Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 root file systems.

MYiR Tech newsletter claims the board sells for $99, but on the product page, you’ll only find a complete kit with the board, cables, a 4GB micro SD card, a power supply, and CD for source code and documentation for $139, the same price as the TI Sitara kit. Z-Turn board is somewhat similar to the $189 ($125 for education) ZYBO board, so it’s probably the most cost-effective Zynq board available to date.

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DENX Computer Systems Introduces Atmel SAMA5D44 and Freescale i.MX6 System-on-Modules

February 22nd, 2015 No comments

Embedded World 2015 exhibition and conference will take place in Nuremberg, Germany on February 24-26, 2015, and we should expect interesting news related to MCU, industrial processors, and related development kits and boards next week. DENX Computer Systems has already unveiled two new SoM families with MA5D4 based on Atmel SAMA5D44 Cortex A5 processor, and M6R based on Freescale i.MX 6 Cortex A9 processors.

DENX MA5D4 System-on-Module

Denx_MA5D4MA5D4 SoM specifications:

  • Processor – Atmel SAMA5D44 Cortex A5 @ 528MHz with 720p hardware video decoder supporting H264/263, VP8, JPEG.
  • System Memory – 128 – 512MB DDR2 RAM
  • Storage – 4 – 32GB eMMC Flash (or optionally 256MB NAND Flash); 4 MB MByte SPI NOR-Flash;
  • I/Os via 230-pin MXM2 edge connector
    • Video Out / Display Support –  HDMI.  TFT controller, overlay support for image composition, resitive Touchscreen controller
    • Camera – CMOS image sensor interface
    • external bus A/D 25/16 bit
    • 2x 10/100MBit Ethernet, IEEE1588 support
    • 2xUSB Host / 1x USB OTG
    • RTC
    • 1x/2x CAN optionally
    • SD-card
  • Security features – On-the-fly encryption/decryption of code from external DDR, Encryption engines supporting AES/3DES, RSA, ECC – TRNG, SHA, tamper detection pins, memory content protection (secure key storage).
  • Power Consumption – ~500mW power dissipation
  • Dimensions – 70 x 40mm
DENX MA5D4 Block Diagram

DENX MA5D4 Block Diagram

The board supports U-Boot and Linux 3.x. Development or evaluation can be done with MA5D4EVK evaluation kit that comes with SAMA5D44 modules with 256MB DDR2, 4GB eMMC, a 7″ LCD with touchscreen and a power supply. The baseboard has the following specifications:

Evaluation Kit

Evaluation Kit

  • MXM socket for MA5D4 SoM
  • Storage – SD card socket
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB 2.0 OTG port
  • Video / Display – HDMI connector, and LCD flat cable header
  • Audio – Line IN/Mic IN, headphone/speaker out
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet
  • Camera port
  • 2x CAN and 2x RS-232 on DSUB9
  • Debugging – JTAG interface
  • Misc – RTC battery slot
  • Power Supply – 5V

Price and availability information has not been disclosed. You should be able to find out by contacting the company via their MA5D4 product page.

DENX M6R System-on-Module

M6R_moduleDENX M6R CPU module specifications:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX6Solo, i.MX6DualLite, i.MX6Quad Cortex A9 processor up to 800MHz/1.0GHz with Vivante GPU
  • System Memory – 512MB to 2048MB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 4 GB eMMC NAND Flash, optional up to 128MB SPI NOR Flash
  • I/Os via 3x 120-pin board-to-board connectors
    • Camera interface – MIPI/CSI2
    • Connectivity – 10/100/1000 MBit Ethernet, IEEE1588 support
    • Video/Display – HDMI, up to 2xLVDS (24 bit)
    • USB2.0 Host/OTG
    • SATA II
    • PCIe x1 2.0
    • I2, SPI, UART, CAN
    • SPDIF
    • PWM
  • Misc – Watchdog timer
  • Dimensions – 80 x 60mm
  • Temperature Range – Commercial (0°C…70°C) or Industrial  (-40°C…+85°C)
  • Production Certification – IPC-A-610 Class 3 (Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies)
DENX M6R SoM Block Diagram

DENX M6R SoM Block Diagram

This module also supports U-boot and Linux 3.x. M6REVK evaluation kit can also be provided by the company, and includes a 7″ LCD display with touchscreen, a power supply, the baseboard, and one of the three module versions:

i.MX6 SoM Evaluation Kit

i.MX6 SoM Evaluation Kit

  • i.MX6 Solo, 512MB DDR3, 4GB eMMC
  • i.MX6 DualLite, 1GB DDR3, 4GB eMMC
  • i.MX6 Quad, 4GB DDR3, 4GB eMMC

Features of the main board include:

  • 3x 120-pin board-to-board connector for M6R SoM
  • Storage – SD card socket
  • Video/Display – HDMI, and dual LVDS interface
  • Audio – Line IN/Mic IN, headphone/speaker out
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1x USB 2.0 OTG port, 1x USB 2.0 host port
  • 2x RS232 and 2x CAN on DSUB9
  • Debugging – JTAG interface

More details may be found on DENX M6R product page. Availability and pricing have not been disclosed by the company.

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Olimex Announces Availability of TI AM3352 and Rockchip RK3188 SoM and Evaluation Boards

February 19th, 2015 No comments

Olimex showcased prototypes for both Texas Instruments Sitara AM3352 and Rockchip RK3188 system-on-modules and evaluation boards in May 2014. However, development and production took a bit longer than expected, and the company has just announced availability of the platforms now.

Rockchip RK3188 CPU Modules and Kit

RK3188-SOM-EVB with Baseboard and RK3188-SOM

RK3188-SOM-EVB with Baseboard and RK3188-SOM-4GB

RK3188-SOM-EVB kit specifications:

  • RK3188-SOM-4GB System-on-Module with the following key features:

    • SoC – Rockchip RK3188 quad core Cortex A9 processor @ 1.6GHz with Mali-400MP4 GPU
    • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
    • Storage – 4GB Flash + micro SD slot
    • Debugging – 4-pin UART connector
    • Misc – Reset and Recovery buttons, 3x status LEDs
    • Dimensions – 55.88 x 81.28 mm
  • Video Output – HDMI output + LCD output
  • Connectivity – 10/100Mbps Ethernet
  • USB – 4x USB Hosts, 1x micro USB OTG
  • Expansion Connectors
    • LCD connector for LCD-OLinuXino-XX LCDs
    • 2x UEXT connectors
    • 2x 40 pin GPIO connectors
  • Misc – RTC with backup battery
  • Power Supply – 6-16 V via power barrel; LiPo battery;  micro USB OTG
  • Dimensions – 138 x 85 mm
You can find some documentation for RK3188-SOM on the Wiki, and there’s also a page for RK3188-SOM-EVB which remains empty for now. Hardware design files will be released at least for the baseboard.
RK3188-SOM, RK3188-SOM-4GB (with 4GB flash), and RK3188-SOM-EVB can be purchased on Olimex’ RK3188 product page for respectively 50, 57, and 70 Euros, which discount available for larger quantities.

TI Sitara AM3352 CPU module and Evaluation Kit

AM3352-SOM-EVB with Baseboard and AM3352-SOM

AM3352-SOM-EVB with Baseboard and AM3352-SOM

AM3352-SOM-EVB kit specifications:

  • AM3352-SOM-4GB system-on-module with the following specs:
    • SoC – TI Sitara AM3352 Cortex-A8 processor @ 1 GHz
    • System Memory – 512MB DDR3 memory
    • Storage – 4GB NAND Flash + micro SD slot
    • Debugging –  4-pin UART console
    • Misc –  status LEDs, Reset button
    • Dimensions – N/A
  • Video Output – VGA D-Sub connector, LCD header
  • Connectivity – 2x 10/100M Ethernet ports
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Expansion Headers / Other I/Os
    • CAN driver
    • 2x UEXT connector for Olimex compatible modules
    • 4x 40-pin headers (0.1″ pitch)
  • Misc – 7x buttons for Android, status LEDs
  • Power Supply – 6-16V via power barrel
  • Dimensions – N/A

There’s nothing in the Wiki about AM3352 boards yet, but Android and Debian will be supported, and you can have at look at the SoM schematics (PDF) and baseboard Eagle files.

AM3352-SOM and AM3352-SOMEVB can be purchased for 37 and 60 Euros on Olimex’ AM3352 product page. Industrial temperature version of the SoM can be manufactured on request for 5 Euros more, at an order  of at least 100 pieces.

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Ingenic Halley is a $20 Linux based IoT Board with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 Connectivity

February 10th, 2015 5 comments

Ingenic introduced Newton2 platform for wearables a few months ago, and the kit with an AMOLED display, camera board and other accessories should go on sale in March for $80. In the meantime, the company has also been working on a lower cost internet of things (IoT) module and development kit powered by Ingenic M150 with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 targeting smart appliances, Wi-Fi speakers, smart toys, industrial control applications, and other smart devices.


Halley IoT Module (Click to Enlarge)

Halley IoT module specifications:

  • SoC – Ingenic M150 XBurst (MIPS) single-core processor up to 1.0GHz with 128MB LPDDR on-chip, 2D graphics GPU, VPU supporintg 720p30 H.264 video decoding.
  • Storage – 8MP SPI NOR flash (GIGA GD25LQ64)
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and  Bluetooth 4.1 via Broadcom 43438 chip.
  • Expansion headers (2mm pitch)
    • 8-bit parallel LCD interface,
    • Audio – MIC, Line-In and headphone, 2x I2S,
    • SD card (MMC interface)
    • USB device 2.0, and USB host 1.1
    • 3x UART (2 with hardware flow control), 2x I2C, 1x SPI up to 50Mbps,
    • 5-pin JTAG
    • 2x 12-bit ADC,
    • 2x PWM
  • Power Supply – 3.3V
  • Power Consumption – 2mW (Standby, no radio); 10 mW (Standby, Wi-Fi)
  • Dimensions – 24 x 40 x 2.4 mm
Halley Module Block Diagram and Pinout

Halley Module Block Diagram and Pinout

The module is running Linux 3.10 with TCP/IP stack, and the company claims Android OS could also run on external storage. This would have to be a lightweight version of Android as only 128MB RAM is available. The development kit is comprised of the module, a baseboard, and a debug board.


Ingenic Halley Devkit (Click to Enlarge)

The baseboard includes power circuitry to power the board with a micro USB port, reset and boot keys, some LEDs, a 14-pin male header, and UART connection to the debug board. It would have been good to have a micro SD slot on the back of the board, but none seems to have been included.

Even the board has not been formally launched, some documentation is already available for download including a product brief, a datasheet, and a developer’s guide. A Linux demo image and the SDK have also been released. The SDK includes a toolchain, source code for Linux and U-boot, drivers & tools, and a demo Android app (Airkiss).

M150 Block Diagram

M150 Block Diagram

It’s the first time I see details about Ingenic M150, so it might interesting to go through the specs:

  • CPU – XBurst core, 1.0GHz (MIPS-based). 32KB L1 cache, 256KB L2 cache.
  • GPU – X2D: Resizing, Rotating, Mirror, Color Convention and OSD etc.
  • VPU – Video encoder: H.264, D1@30fps. Video decoder: H.264, MPEG-1/2/4, VC-1, VP8, RV9, 720P@30fps.
  • Memory
    • On-chip 128MB LPDDR, up to 320Mbps.
    • 64-bit ECC NAND flash, 512B/2KB/4KB/8KB/16KB page size.
    • Conventional and toggle NAND flash.
  • Display
    • LCD controller with OSD: TFT, SLCD, up to 1280*720@60Hz(BPP24).
    • Embedded E-Ink controller with color engine.
  • Camera – DVP interface, up to 2048 x 2048.
  • Audio – Embedded audio CODEC; Digital DMIC controller; AC97/I2S/SPDIF interface for external audio codec; PCM interface, master and slave mode.
  • ADC – 7 channels SAR A/D controller, 12-bit resolution.
  • On-chip Peripherals
    • USB 2.0 OTG, USB 1.1 Host.
    • MMC/SD/SDIO controller.
    • Full-duplex UART port.
    • Synchronous serial interface.
    • Two-wire SMB serial interface.
  • Security – Total 256bits OTP memory.
  • Package – BGA261, 11 x 11 x 1.4 (mm), 0.5mm pitch.

That confirms it’s one of the rare SoC with enough built-in RAM to run Linux. Renesas RZ/A1 is another one, but with only 10MB RAM, and a Cortex A9 core.

Halley IoT module and development kit will be available around March 10, for respectively $20 and $50. You can find more information, and ordering information on Ingenic’s Halley module page.

Thanks to Victor for the tip.

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