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Rockchip RKNanoD is a Dual Core Cortex M3 MCU for IoT and Audio Applications

April 20th, 2015 No comments

Rockchip is better known for their application processor like RK3188 or RK3288 found in tablets and mini PCs, but the company is also making lower power SoCs such as RKNanoC Cortex M3 micro-controller used in wireless audio applications, and more recently Rockchip demonstrated RKNanoD, a dual core Cortex M3 micro-controller for IoT and high-definition audio applications.

Rockchip RKNanoD Block Diagram

Rockchip RKNanoD Block Diagram

Some key specifications and features of RKNanoD MCU:

  • Cores
    • ARM Cortex M3 @ 150 MHz with 64KB SRAM, 16KB RAM, 320KB iRAM, 256KB DRAM for system.
    • ARM Cortex M3 @ 300 MHz with 128KB iRAM, 256 KB DRAM, and an audio H/W accelerator for compute tasks like audio decoding.
  • Storage I/F – Flash, SDMMC, SDIO, SFC
  • Display I/F – LCD, E-Ink
  • Audio – 2x I2S, 24-bit / 192 KHz audio codec
  • USB – USB 2.0 OTG
  • Other I/Os – GPIO, 6x UART, 2x SPI, 3x I2C, 5x PWM, 8x SARADC
  • 8x DMA, 2x Timers
  • Power Consumption – Audio playback: 12mA @ 3.3V
Rockchip RKNanoD Development Board

Rockchip RKNanoD Development Board

So the MCU comes with a low-end, probably always on, Cortex M3 core to take care of “system” tasks, like taking care of sensors, and a more powerful Cortex M3 core up to 300 MHz with the extra performance required for audio decoding, and some other computationally intensive tasks.

I could not find pricing nor availability information, but more details should eventually surface on Rockchip RKNano product page.

Via ARMdevices.net

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Inforce 6501 Micro SOM is a Tiny Module with Qualcomm Snapdragon S805 Processor

April 8th, 2015 No comments

Inforce Computing has now launched Inforce 6501 micro system-on-module (SoM) based on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor found on their Inforce 6540 pico-ITX single board computer. The module measures just 50×28 mm, and integrates up to 3 GB RAM, up to 16 GB eMMC, and Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity.

Inforce_6510_Micro_SoM

Inforce 6501 specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (APQ8084) quad core Krait 450 processor up to 2.7 GHz with Adreno 420 GPU, and Hexagon DSP V50 up to 800 MHz
  • System Memory – 2GB to 3GB PoP LPDDR3 @ 800 MHz; 2×64-bit 26.5GB/s memory bus
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC v4.5/v5.0, with options up to 16GB
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.1 & 2×2 dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi (QCA6174), and GPS (QCA1530)
  • Peripherals and I/O via two 100-pin SoM connectors:
    • Video / Display – 1x HDMI 1.4a, 2x MIPI-DSI (4-lane) & touch screen,
    • Audio
      • 4x Line out, 3x Mic-in, 1x headphone out
      • 8-channel 7.1 surround sound, Dolby Digital plus, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD via HDMI
      • On-board WDC9320 audio codec
    • Camera – 2x MIPI-CSI (4-lane)
    • USB – 1x USB 2.0 (host), 1x USB 2.0 (device mode debug), 1x USB 3.0 (host)
    • 1x PCIe, SDC, SLIMBUS
    • JTAG, 8x GPIO, UART via 3-pin RS232, 5x I2C, SPI
  • Video / Image Capabilities
    • 4K Ultra HD video with HEVC (H.265) playback and H.264 capture
    • Dual image signal processors (ISPs) with ~1GP/s throughput and image sensors up to 55 MP
  • Power Supply – +3.3V DC input
  • Dimensions – 50 x 28 mm
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0° C to 70° C; Storage: -20° C to 80° C

Inforce_Micro_SoM_Block_DiagramThe company provides Android 4.4.2 and Ubuntu (Linaro) 14.04 BSPs for the module based on Linux 3.4 kernel, available after board registration on the company’s website. as well as hardware documentation. The product brief can be downloaded freely, but the hardware reference manual also requires board registration.

To speed up development, Inforce SYS6501 development platform can be purchased, and includes the Inforce 6501 Micro SOM, a mini-ITX carrier board, a power supply, micro-USB cable, and an acrylic base.

SYS6501 Carrier Board with 6501 micro SOM

SYS6501 Carrier Board with Inforce 6501 micro SOM

The carrier board has the following key features:

  • Video / Display Output – 1x HDMI v1.4a, 1x eDP (display port), 1x MIPI-DSI connector (4-lane)
  • External Storage – micro SD slot (on back of board)
  • Audio – High Definition 7.1 Audio in/out
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45), antenna connectors for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS
  • Camera – 2x MIPI-CSI connector (4-lane)
  • USB – 1 x USB 2.0 port; 1x USB 3.0 port; 1x USB 3.0 OTG port
  • Expansion
    • 1x Mini PCIe
    • EXP_CON female header for 5x I2C, SPI, 8x GPIOs, …
  • Serial – 1x RS-232
  • Debugging – Serial console, JTAG
  • Sensors – Integrated sensor board that includes 10-axis (Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, pressure) and motion sensors.
  • Misc – Volume and power buttons, DIP switches for boot selection.
  • Power Supply – +12V (5A typ.), ATX power connector, 2x AA batteries, or external battery via 10-pin header
  • Dimensions – 17cm x 17cm (Mini-ITX)
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0° C to 70° C; Storage: -20° C to 80° C
Inforce_SYS6501_Development_Kit

Update: First Revision of the Board, the New Revision Will Be Slightly Different

Inforce 6501 Micro SOM sells for $225 with 2GB RAM and 4GB eMMC, while the development kit now goes for $449. However, Inforce computing is currently running a promotion where you can get the baseboard for free, and you can get a the discount coupon to get the complete kit for $225 by registering online (Company name required). More details should be available on Inforce 6501 Micro System on Module and Inforce 6501 Development Kit pages.

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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.

Via Embedded.com

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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

Rico_BoardSpecifications:

  • 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

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)

Z-Turn_Board_Description
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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