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Embedian SMART MEN and SMART BEE SBCs Feature a TI Sitara SMARC CoM

April 19th, 2014 No comments

Embedian, an embedded company specialized in computers-on-module and single board computers, has recently unveiled SMART MEN and SMART BEE single board computers powered by their SMARC-T335X computer-on-module, compliant with the SMARC (Smart Mobility Architecture) standard, and based on Texas Instruments Sitara AM335x SoCs.

SMART MEN SBC

SBC_SMART_MEN

SMART MEN single board computer specifications:

  • SoC – Texas Instrument Sitara AM335X ARM Cortex-A8 at 600MHz, 800MHz or 1GHz
  • System Memory – 512MB DDR3 (303Mhz x 2)
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC Flash (eMMC 5.0), 4MB SPI NOR Flash, AT24C32 EEPROM, and SDHC/SDIO slot
  • Connectivity – 2 x 10/100 Mbps Ethernet (vertical RJ45)
  • Display – single channel LVDS 18-bit color depth, single channel LVDS 24-bit color depth. LCD LED backlight driver onboard
  • USB – 2 x USB 2.0 Host, 1 x USB 2.0 OTG, 1 x Serial-to-USB (Client)
  • Additional Interfaces:
    • 6 x RS232s (transceiver onboard, two with handshaking and one can be configured as RS422/RS485),  2 x SPIs, 2 x I2C
    • Audio – Microphone input and Headphones output
    • 1 x CAN Bus Header (Transceiver onboard)
    • RTC (Seiko S35390-A) backup battery onboard
    • 1 x Buzzer
    • 11 x GPIOs
    • 1 x 4-wire touch connector
  • Misc – Invisible reset jumper, external watchdog reset (reset from the power source)
  • Power Supply – 5V, typical consumption: ~2 Watts
  • Dimensions – 102 mm (L) x 145 mm (W) – (3.5″ board)
  • Temperature range – Normal Temperature: 0 ~ 60 C,  Industrial Temperature: -40 ~85 C
  • Humidity – 10% ~ 90% relative humidity, non-condensed

SMART BEE SBC

SBC-SMART-BEE

SMART BEE single board computer specifications are extremely similar to SMART MEN SBC:

  • SoC – Texas Instrument Sitara AM335X ARM Cortex-A8 at 600MHz, 800MHz or 1GHz
  • System Memory – 512MB DDR3 (303Mhz x 2)
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC Flash (eMMC 5.0), 4MB SPI NOR Flash, AT24C32 EEPROM, and SDHC/SDIO slot
  • Connectivity – 2 x 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
  • Display – Parallel LCD 18-bit color depth, single channel LVDS 24-bit color depth. LCD LED backlight driver onboard
  • USB – 1 x USB 2.0 Host, 1 x USB 2.0 OTG
  • Additional Interfaces:
    • 3 x RS232s (transceiver onboard, two with handshaking and one can be configured as RS422/RS485),  2 x SPI, 2 x I2C
    • Audio – Microphone input and Headphones output
    • 1 x CAN Bus Header (Transceiver onboard)
    • RTC (Seiko S35390-A) backup battery onboard
    • 1 x Buzzer
    • 12 x GPIOs
    • 1 x 4-wire touch connector
  • Misc – Invisible reset jumper, external watchdog reset (reset from the power source)
  • Power Supply – 5V, typical consumption: ~2 Watts
  • Dimensions – 102 mm (L) x 145 mm (W) – (3.5″ board)
  • Temperature range – Normal Temperature: 0 ~ 60 C,  Industrial Temperature: -40 ~85 C
  • Humidity – 10% ~ 90% relative humidity, non-condensed

The only differences are mostly mechanicals with for instance, the presence of USB connectors on SMART BEE which are missing on the SMART MEN, and different number of USB, GPIOs, RS232 ports, etc.. between the two boards.

Both boards support Linux 3.2 (TI EZSDK 6.0.0 Arago or Ubuntu 13.04) or Linux 3.12 (Device Tree Support, Arago or Ubuntu 13.04), Android ICS, and Windows Embedded Compact 7. The company uses Yocto/OpenEmbedded to build embedded distributions for the boards.

The company provides a user’s manual, PinMux file for TI PinMux Utility, and a toolchain.

SMARC-T335X Computer on Module

Embedian_SMARC-T335X

The two SBC features above as comprised of a baseboard, and SMARC-T335X module which comes with the following specs:

  • SoC – Texas Instrument Sitara AM335X ARM Cortex-A8 at 600MHz, 800MHz or 1GHz
  • System Memory – 512MB DDR3 (303Mhz x 2)
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC Flash (eMMC 5.0), 4MB SPI NOR Flash, and AT24C32 EEPROM
  • Connectivity – 2 x 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
  • Display – Parallel LCD 18-bit color depth, single channel LVDS 24-bit color depth.
  • USB – 1 x USB 2.0 Host, 1 x USB 2.0 OTG
  • Additional Interfaces:
    • 3 x UARTS,   2 x SPI, 3 x I2C
    • 1x I2S
    • 3 x PWMs
    • 1 x CAN Bus
    • RTC (Seiko S35390-A)
    • 12 x GPIOs
    • 4x ADC for resistive touch screens
  • Dimensions – 82 mm x 50 mm with 31-pin MXM connector (SMARC Specification)
  • Temperature range – Normal Temperature: 0 ~ 60 C,  Industrial Temperature: -40 ~85 C
  • Humidity – 10% ~ 90% relative humidity, non-condensed

The CoM gets the same development resources plus a Carrier Board Design Guide, and Carrier Board Reference Schematics (pdf and OrCAD format). You can find further development resources on Embedian Developer Center, and via their public git repo.

All three products are available now. SMARC-T335X CoM starts at $69 per unit ($49 / pcs for 3k+ orders), SBC-SMART-BEE at $119 per unit ($89 / pc for 3k+ orders), and SBC-SMART-MEN at $159 ($129 / pc for 3k+ orders). You can find more information through Embedian’s products page.

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MYIR MYD-AM335X Development Boards & MYC-AM335X CPU Modules

April 4th, 2014 No comments

MYIR has recently introduced MYD-AM335X development boards and MYC-AM335X CPU modules powered by Texas Instruments Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex A8 SoCs, (AM3352, AM3354, AM3356, AM3357, AM3358, and AM3359) that come with 512 MB RAM, 512 MB Flash, and a Gigabit Ethernet PHY. The boards and modules target home automation, industrial automation, enterprise/educational tablets, portable navigation devices and networking applications.

MYC-AM335X CPU Modules

MYC-AM335X_CPU_Module
MYC-AM335X CoM specifications:

  • SoCTexas Instruments AM3352, AM3354, AM3356, AM3357, AM3358, AM3359  ARM Cortex-A8 up to 1GHz with SGX530 GPU (AM3354/AM3358/AM3359 only)
  • System Memory – 512MB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage – 512MB NAND Flash
  • Connectivity – On-board Gigabit Ethernet PHY
  • Headers:
    • 2x  2.0mm pitch 60-pin expansion connectors to connect the SoM to a baseboard with the following signals: 2x USB2.0 OTG ports, 6x Serial ports, 2x I2C, 1x SPI, 7x ADC, 2x PWM, 3x SDIO
    • 1x 2.0mm pitch 26-pin expansion interface
    • 1x 2.54mm pitch 10-pin expansion interface
  • Misc – 1x power indicator (Red LED), 1x  user LED (Green)
  • Power supply – +3.3V/0.8A
  • Dimensions – 70×50 mm (6 layer PCB)
  • Operating Temperature Range – 0~70 Celsius (commercial grade) or -40~85 Celsius (industrial grade)

The company provides Linux 3.1.0, Android 2.3.4 and Windows Embedded CE 7 BSPs for these modules.

MYD-AM335X development boards

MYIR also provides a baseboard, which when used with their MYC-AM335x CoMs is called MYD-AM335x.

MYD-AM335X Development Board (Click to Enlarge)

MYD-AM335X Development Board (Click to Enlarge)

MYD-AM335X development boards comes with the following ports and headers:

  • Serial ports – 1x 3-wire RS232 Debug serial port (DB9), 1x 3-wire RS232 serial port (UART1), 1x RS485 (with isolation)
  • CAN – 1x CAN interface with isolation
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 Host ports, 1x USB 2.0 OTG port
  • Connectivity – 2x 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet interfaces
  • Storage – 1x TF card slot
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI interface, 1x LCD interface (16-bit true color, supports optional 4.3-inch and 7-inch TFT LCD), 1x 4-wire resistive touch screen interface
  • Audio I/Os – 1x Audio input port (3.5mm jack), 1x Stereo Audio output port (3.5mm jack),
  • Expansion headers – 2 x 2.0mm 20-pin expansion connectors with 7x ADC, 1x SPI, 2x I2C, 4x UART
  • Misc – 1x reset button, 3x user buttons, 1x power indicator (Red LED)
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 130 mm x 100mm (4 layer PCB)

The board is sold as part of MYD-AM335X development kit that also includes  an Ethernet cable, a USB cable, a 5V power adapter, and a product DVD. Optional 4.3″ or 7″ LCD/TSP are also available.

The development kits and CPU modules are available now starting at $68 per unit for the CoM and $139 for the development board per 1k order. You can visit MYIR’s MYC-AM335X CPU module page for more information about the CoMs and development boards.

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Kontron SMARC-sXBTi is a SMARC Module Powered by Intel Atom E3800 Series SoC

March 12th, 2014 No comments

Kontrol has unveiled a computers-on-module based on the SMARC standard, previously ULP-COM, based on Intel Atom E3800 “Bay Trail-I” SoCs with up to 8GB LPDD3 memory, up to 64GB SSD, and support for various interface. After having released SMARC modules based on TI, Freescale and Nvidia last year, the company claims their SMARC-xXBTi is the first ever x86 CoM compatible with SMARC.

SMARC xXBTi

SMARC xXBTi

SMARC-sXBT(i) specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom E3800 “Bay Trail-I” with Intel Gen 7 Graphics
  • System Memory – Up to 8GB DDR3L-1067/1333 (1.35V) with optional ECC
  • Storage – 2-32 GB eMMC (SLC), 4-64GB for (MLC), 1x or 2x SATA 3Gb/s, 2x SDIO interfaces
  • Display
    • HDMI 1.4 up to 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz
    • 18/24-bit single channel LVDS  up to 1366 x 768 (Optional eDP to have higher resolutions)
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (Intel Springville I210)
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 (via AFB), 2x USB 2.0, and optional USB OTG.
  • Expansion bus – 3x PCIe Gen 2.0 (5GT/s)
  • Misc – 3x UART, Watchdog, ACPI 5.0, fan (JST SH series 1mm-pitch, 3-pin connector)
  • Dimensions – 82 x 50mm (SMARC small size) – 314-pin MXM3 connector
  • Power – 3 to 5.25 V. Consumption: 5 to 10 watts
  • Operating temperature – -40 to 85°C (Industrial grade)
  • Relative Humidity – 93%  at 40 C, non-condensing
SMARC xSBTi Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

SMARC xSBTi Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

The company provide support for Linux, Android, VxWorks, Windows 7/8, WES7 (Windows Embedded Standard 7), and WEC7 (Windows Embedded Compact 7).

Kontron did not release price nor availability information. You can visit SMARC-sXBT product page for more details. The company is also is planning SMARC Computer-on-Modules based on Intel Quark SoC X1000.

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Congatec Announces Low Power x86 SoMs based on AMD G-Series and Intel Atom E3800 SoCs

February 26th, 2014 No comments

Congatec has announced two new low power x86 computer modules for embedded systems: Qseven modules based on AMD G-Series GX-210HA, GX-209HA and GX-210JA (6 to 9W TDP), and COM Express modules powered by Intel Atom “Bay Trail-I” E3800 series SoC (5 to 10W TDP), a well as Celeron N2930.

conga-QG Qseven SoM Powered by AMD G-Series SoCs

conga-QC Qseven SoM (Click to Enlarge)

conga-QC Qseven SoM (Click to Enlarge)

Congatec conga-QG Qseven modules specifications:

  • SoC
    • AMD Embedded GX-210HA (2 x 1.0 GHz, L2 cache 1MB, 9 W) with AMD Radeon HD 8210E Graphics
    • AMD Embedded GX-210JA (2 x 1.0 GHz, , 6W) with AMD Radeon HD 8180E Graphics
    • AMD Embedded GX-209HA (2 x 1.0GHz, , 9W) with AMD Radeon HD 8180E Graphics
  • System Memory – max. 8GB ECC with up to DDR3L-1333. 2GB by default
  • Storage – Silicon Motion FerriSSD up to 64G
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
  • I/O Interfaces
    • Up to 4 x PCI Express 2.0
    • 2 x SATA 2.0 3Gb/s
    • 1 x USB 3.0, 5 x USB 2.0
    • LPC bus,  SM-Bus, I²C bus, UART
    • SDIO
  • Video Output – One DisplayPort 1.2 / HDMI 1.4a interface, 18/24-bit Single/Dual Channel LVDS Interface
  • Sound – High Definition Audio Interface
  • congatec Board Controller – Multi Stage Watchdog, non-volatile User Data Storage, Manufacturing and Board information, Board Statistics, BIOS Setup, Data Backup, I²C bus (fast mode, 400 kHz, multi-master), Power Loss Control
  • Security – Optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM) . Hash and RSA algorithms, key lengths up to 2,048 bits, real random number generator
  • Power Management – ACPI 3.0 with battery support
  • Dimensions – 70 x 70 mm (Qseven form factor)
  • Humidity – Operating: 10 to 90% r. H. non cond. / Storage 5 to 95% r. H. non cond.

The modules comes with AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS, and support Microsoft Windows 7/8, Windows Embedded Standard, Windows 8 Embedded, Windows Embedded Compact 7, and Linux.

The company claims an average 3 watts power consumption in typical application, and mention AMD G-series SoC has been designed to consume 33% less power than previous AMD G-Series (APUs). Most modules are destined to be used in the commercial temperature range, but those based on GX-209HD support industrial temperature range (40°C to +85°C). The Radeon GPU in G-Series SoC are compliant with DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2 OpenCL 1.2, and a Universal Video Decoder 4.2 dedicated hardware can decode H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, MPEG-2 video streams. These modules target cost-sensitive applications in the control and automation industry, digital gaming, communications infrastructures, and graphics-rich devices such as thin clients, digital information boards and medical-imaging equipment.
You can find more information on Congatec conga-QG page.

conga-MA3 COM Express module Powered by Intel Atom E3800 and N2900 Series

conga-MA3 COM Express Module (Click to Enlarge)

conga-MA3 COM Express Module (Click to Enlarge)

Congatec conga-MA3 COM Express modules specifications:

  • SoC
    • Intel Atom E3845 (4 x 1.91 GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 10 W) with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7
    • Intel Atom E3827 (2 x 1.75 GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 8 W) with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7
    • Intel Atom E3815 (1.46 GHz, 512kB L2 cache, 5 W) with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7
    • Intel Celeron N2930 (1.86 GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 7.5W) with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7
  • System Memory – Onboard DDR3L memory support for up to 8 GByte with 1333MT/s. 2GB 1333MT/s DDR3L by default
  • Storage – eMMC 4.51 interface, up to 64GB of MLC NAND or up to 4GB of SLC NAND
  • Connectivity – Intel I210 Gigabit Ethernet controller
  • I/O Interfaces
    • 4 x PCIe x1 lanes with 5 Gb/s
    • 2 x SATA 2.0 3Gb/s
    • 7 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0
    • LPC bus, SPI, I²C bus
  • Display – TMDS (HDMI/DVI), DisplayPort 1.1, and one LVDS channel.
  • Sound – Digital High Definition Audio Interface
  • Motion Video Support – Full hardware acceleration for MPEG2, H.264, DirectX11, OCL 1.2, OGL 3.2, WMV9 and VC1
  • congatec Board Controller – Multi Stage Watchdog, non-volatile User Data Storage, Manufacturing and Board information, Board Statistics, BIOS Setup, Data Backup, I²C bus (fast mode, 400 kHz, multi-master), Power Loss Control
  • Power Management – ACPI 5 .0 compliant, Smart Battery Management
  • Temperature Range – Operating: -40° to + 85°C. Storage: -40° to + 85°C
  • Humidity – Operating: 10 to 90% r. H. non cond. / Storage 5 to 95% r. H. non cond.
  • Dimensions – 55 x 84 mm (COM Express Mini Type 10)

The modules comes with AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS, and support Microsoft Windows 7/8, Windows Embedded Standard, Windows Embedded Compact 7, and Linux.

The Intel HD graphics is said to support DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.2, OpenCL 1.2, as well as hardware decode for multiple high-resolution full HD videos in parallel. Output up to 2,560 x 1,600 pixels with DisplayPort and 1,920 x 1,200 pixels with HDMI are natively supported in the processor, and it is possible to connect two independent displays, including via the 24-bit LVDS output.

Further details may be available on Congatec conga-MA3 page.

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Congatec Announces conga-QA3 QSeven and conga-TCA3 COM Express CoMs Powered By Intel “Bay Trail” Celeron and Atom SoCs

February 7th, 2014 No comments

Congatec has announced several computers-on-module (CoM) powered by Intel “Bay Trail” Celeron and Atom SoCs compliant with either QSeven (conga-QA3  CoM), or COM Express (conga-TCA3 CoM) standards to be used for embedded applications.

conga-QA3 Q7 CoM (Click to Enlarge)

conga-QA3 Q7 CoM (Click to Enlarge)

conga-QA3 and conga-TCA3 specifications:

  • SoC (Processor + Intel HD graphics + Chipset)
    • Intel Atom E3845 (4 x 1.91 GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 10 W)
    • Intel Atom E3827 (2 x 1.75 GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 8 W)
    • Intel Atom E3826 (2 x 1.46 GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 7 W)
    • Intel Atom E3825 (2 x 1.33 GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 6 W)
    • Intel Atom E3815 (1.46 GHz, 512kB L2 cache, 5 W)
    • Intel Celeron N2920 (4 x 1.86 GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 7.5 W)
    • Intel Celeron J1900 (4 x 2 GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 10 W)
  • System Memory
    • conga-QA3 – Up to 8 GB onboard DDR3L 1333 MT/s
    • conga-TCA3 – 2x SO-DIMM sockets for DDR3L memory modules up to 8 GB with 1333MT/s
  • Storage – Optional eMMC 4.5 on-board flash (Atom only) up to 32GB, 2x SATA III, SD card interface
  • Video Interfaces – LVDS 2×24, DisplayPort, HDMI
  • Network connectivity – Ethernet Intel I210 Gigabit Ethernet controller
  • I/O Interfaces
    • USB
      • conga-QA3 – 6 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0
      • conga-TCA3 – 8 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0
    • 1 x SDIO
    • 5x or 3x PCI Express respectively for TCA3 and QA3
    • I²C bus, LPC (Low Pin Count) bus, 1x SPI
  • Sound – High Definition Audio Interface
  • congatec Board Controller – Multi Stage Watchdog, non-volatile User Data Storage, Manufacturing and Board information, Board Statistics, BIOS Setup, Data Backup, I²C bus (fast mode, 400 kHz, multi-master), Power Loss Control
  • embedded BIOS Features – AMI Aptio UEFI 2.x firmware in 8MB SPI flash with OEM Logo, OEM CMOS Defaults, LCD Control, Display Auto Detection, Backlight Control, Flash Update.
  • Security (conga-TCA3 only) – Optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Hash and RSA algorithms, key lengths up to 2,048 bits, real random number generato
  • Power Management – ACPI 5 .0 compliant with battery support
  • Power Consumption – Typ. application 4.5W…12W
  • Dimensions
    • conga-QA3 – 70 x 70 mm (QSeven form factor)
    • conga-TCA3 – 95 x 95 mm (COM Express Compact form factor)
Conga-TCA3 CoM (Click to Enlarge)

Conga-TCA3 CoM (Click to Enlarge)

The company supports and provides drivers for Microsoft Windows 7, 8 , and Embedded Compact, as well as Linux based operating systems. A user’s guide can be downloaded for each type of board (Qseven or COM Express). Several starter kits and evaluation kits are also available both for Qseven ad COM Express modules such as conga-SBM3/Qseven mobility starter kit, and contga-TEVAL evaluation carrier board for COM Express Type 6 modules.

Intel Bay Trail SoC

conga-QA3 Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

The block diagram above now looks like very much like an ARM based CoM, as Intel Bay Trail “processors” are “SoCs” integrating the CPU cores, GPU with OpenGL 3.0, OpenGLES 2.0, DirectX 11, OpenCL 1.2, hardware video codec, as well as the chipset for I/O interfaces. There are still some differences as Ethernet is done via a GbE to PCIe chip which is rarely seen with ARM SoCs as Ethernet is usually built-in, and I can’t remember having ever seen an LPC bus in ARM SoCs, nor a “board controller”, except if we consider the PMIC (Power Management IC) to be a board controller.

More information is available on Congatec conga-QA3 and conga-TCA3 pages, and the company will showcase their new modules and kits at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Hall 1, Stand 358. You may also want to watch the introduction video below.

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AXONIM Devices Announces AXSY-SoM-SAMA5D3 System-on-Module Powered by Atmel SAMA5D3x Cortex-A5 Processor

January 24th, 2014 1 comment

AXONIM Devices, a company based in the republic of Belarus, announced AXSY-SoM-SAMA5D3 System on Module (SOM) powered by Atmel SAMA5D3x Cortex-A5 processor. This SoM targets industrial applications and supports low power application such as POS-terminals, handheld devices, medical devices and more.

AXSY-SOM-SAMA5D3X SoM (Click to Enlarge)

AXSY-SOM-SAMA5D3X SoM (Click to Enlarge)

Here are AXSY-SoM-SAMA5D3x SOM specifications:

  • SoC – Atmel ATSAMA5D3x ARM Cortex-A5 processors @ 536 MHz (SAMA5D31, SAMA5D33, SAMA5D34, SAMA5D35, or SAMA5D36)
  • System memory – 128/256/512 MB DDR2
  • Storage – 256MB/512MB/1GB NAND, 1 to 8MB SPI Flash
  • Interfaces:
    • 6x UARTs, 3x I2C, 2x SSC (for I2S Audio CODECs), 2x SPI, 2x CAN 2.0B
    • 1x USB OTG 2.0 High Speed, 3x USB 2.0 High Speed Host
    • 1x 10/100/1G Ethernet (Gigabit PHY on board), 1x 10/100 Ethernet (with IEEE1588v2 support)
    • 1x Memory BUS (EBI)
    • LCD 24 bpp TTL
    • 3x MMC/SD
    • 4x PWM
    • 1x RTC
    • 1x SMD (SmartHSFe Modem Device) – Conexant CX20548 with SmartDAA technology support
  • Power supply – 3.3V / 5V
  • Power consumption – 150mW when running at maximum speed and under 0.5mW in low-power mode
  • Dimensions – 82 x 55 mm MXM 3.0 form factor
  • Temperature range – -40 degrees to +85 degrees C

axsy-som-sama5d3x_block_diagramThe company also provides AX-MB-SAMA5D3x Rapid Development Kit (RDK) that includes one AXSY-SoM-SAMA5D3x SoM, a carrier board, board support packages (BSP) for Android, Embedded Linux and Windows Compact 2013, demo images, and documentation.

The carrier board comes with a 3.5″ TFT LCD, a GPRS/GSM/3G modem, a USB Hub, a microSD reader, a SIM card slot, a GPS/GLONASS-module, a WiFi 802.11 b/g module, an RS485 port (with Transceiver), CAN 2.0B (with Transceiver), and a USB<->Serial converter for debugging.

AX-MB-SAMA5D3x Rapid Development Kit (Click to Enlarge)

AX-MB-SAMA5D3x Rapid Development Kit (Click to Enlarge)

The SoM and RDK are available now for respectively 49$ and up depends on quantity and configuration, and $760. Further information is available on Axonim.by as well as PotatoModule.com which also links to the user’s manual in Russian.

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Telechips TCC893x Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 + Cortex M3 SoCs: TCC8930, TCC8933, TCC8935

January 20th, 2014 18 comments

Sometimes last year, Telechips discreetly released a triple core SoC comprised of 2 ARM Cortex A9 cores and one Cortex M3 core for tablet, set-top boxes, media player and car AVN (Audio, Video & Navigation). A dual core release in 2013 may not be that interested, but the addition of a Cortex M3, and high performance interfaces such as Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 may make it interesting. Let’s have a look.

Telechips TCC893x Block Diagram

Telechips TCC893x Block Diagram

There’s very little information on Telechips TCC893x page, apart from the block diagram above and the following description:

The TCC893x is a system-on-chip with powerful multimedia solution and high performance such as dual decoding. It is ideal for high-end multimedia devices such as Set top box, Media Box, Car AVN, and Tablet. TCC893x multimedia application processor based on Cortex-A9 Dual & M3 has multi-format hardware video accelerator optimized to reduce power consumption, high-performance 2D/3D graphic engine for rich GUI, and various peripherals to save total cost. In addition, TCC893x supports stable open operating systems such as Android, Linux and Windows Embedded Compact 7 with Telechips’ outstanding solution.

We can extract most the key specs from the block diagram, and some Google searches:

  • Processor – Dual ARM Cortex A9 @ 1.2GHz to 1.5GHz with 64KB RAM,  32KB BootROM, 32KB L1$ and 512LB L2$,  as well as support for NEON and ARM Trust Zone.
  • MCU – ARM Cortex M3 with 16KB I-RAM & 16KB D-RAM
  • GPU – ARM Mali-400MP2
  • VPU – Unknown VPU
  • Memory – NAND Controller, DDR3/DDR2 controller
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 Tx,  LVDS Tx, Composite Tx, 2x Display Controllers
  • Video Input – 2x Video In
  • Peripherals and Others:
    • USB 2.0 Host, USB 3.0
    • 6x UART, 4x SDIO, 4x ADC, I2c, 4x GPSB (General Purpose Serial Bus)
    • Touch screen controller
    • Serial & parallel TS, TS demux
    • I2S stereo, I2S 7.1 Ch, SPDIF Tx/Rx
    • Timer/RTC
    • 9x DMA
    • 2x CAN
    • IR Receiver

The SoCs are available for consumer products (TCC893x) and automotive products (TCC893x-i), and several models are part of the family: TCC8930, TCC8933, and TCC8935, which some variations adding B and C suffixes according to Telechips’ “Certificate list”.  The only problem is that I have no idea what the differences are between the different models, although TCC8930 and TCC8933 appears to be clocked @ 1.2GHz, and TCC8935 @ 1.5GHz according to my buddy Google.

The company has also uploaded Linux Kernel 3.1, Android Jelly Bean, and the VPU drivers GPL source code on their site, and according to their CES 2014 press release, showcased Android Kitkat for Tablets, and a low power Android TV HDMI stick. Technical materials are only available with a login and password.

I’ve been looking for hardware using TCC893x, and there does not seem to be any available for retail apart from A318C media player sold by an Aliexpress seller without any feedback. Several products can however be seen on wholesalers sites, or have been unveiled by manufacturers including TizzBird N2 HDMI TV Stick, Newstar (HK) media player, Artway Technology FVD-22 Android STB, as well as a tablet based on TCC8935, among others. There also appears to be a development platform called TCC8935 uPC,  with the firmware available here.

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