Variscite System On Module based on TI OMAP4460

Texas Instruments OMAP4460 System-On-Module
Variscite VAR-SOM-OM44

Variscite – an Israeli company specialized in embedded systems manufacturing, development and consulting – announced the VAR-SOM-OM44 system on module (SOM) based on TI OMAP4460 processor (dual core Cortex-A9 cores @ 1.2 ~ 1.5GHz). This SOM features 512MB of DDR2 SDRAM and a microSD socket, I/O including gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, 3D camera, and HDMI. Variscite also announced  the VAR-OM44CustomBoard, a development board that can be customized to match specific customers requirement as well as the VAR-DVK-OM44, a complete development kit with touchscreen for evaluation and application development purposes.

Here are the VAR-SOM-OM44 SOM specifications:

  • CPU: Texas Instruments OMAP4460 Processor (1.2GHz – 1.5GHz) dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore
  • GPU: PowerVR™ SGX540 graphics core @384MHz
  • Memory: 512-1024MB 400MHz LPDDR2
  • Built-In micro-SD Socket
  • Display:
    • LCD interface – Supporting 24bpp resolutions up to WXGA
    • HDMI interface – Supporting 1080p
    • 4-wire touch screen panel interface
  • Audio:
    • Line-in
    • Stereo Headphone out
    • Digital microphone
    • S/PDIF Out
  • Network:
    • 10/100/1000Mbps  Ethernet controller
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
    • Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR
  • Expansion: 3 x SD / MMC / SDIO interfaces
  • USB: 2 x HS USB 2.0 Host |HS USB 2.0 OTG
  • Camera Interface:
    • 2 x CSI
    • CPI
    • 20MP main camera,12 MP stereo (dual cameras)
  • Serial Interfaces:
    • McBSP
    • SPI interface
    • I2C interface
    • 1 Wire/ HDQ
    • 3 x UARTS, up to 3.6 Mbps
  • Power: Single 3.3 DC-IN power supply
  • Mechanical Specifications:
    • Interface : SODIMM 200 universal connector
    • Dimensions (W x L x H) : 38.5mm x 67.8mm x 3.7mm

Android 2.3.5 (gingerbread) and Linux Kernel 2.6.35 (Ubuntu Maverick). Variscite SOM uses OpenEmbedded build system.

VAR-SOM-OM44 can be inserted into VAR-OM44CustomBoard as shown in the picture below.

Motherboard for VAR-SOM-OM44 System on Module based on OMAP4460

The main features of the development board include 2 HDMI output, 1 GBit Ethernet port, 2 USB host ports, an USB OTG port, an SD Card slot as well as SPDIF and stereo audio (in/out) jacks. The VAR-DVK-OM44 devkit add support for another Ethernet port (via SPI), mini-AB USD connector, a camera sensor, touchscreen interface, a serial interface and LVDS video output.

Block Diagram for OMAP4460 System-On-Module
VAR-OM44Customboard Block Diagram with VAR-SOM-OM44 SOM.

The VAR-SOM-OM44 module and corresponding devkits will be available for order this month. There is no mention of the prices right now, but I guess it will be affordable as they previously made another SOM based on TI Sitara AM3517 and AM3505 (VAR-SOM-AM35) that can be purchased for 49 USD.

Further information (including datasheets, schematics and mechanical design) can be found on VAR-SOM-OM44 product page, VAR-OM44CustomBoard page and  VAR-DVK-OM44 development kit page.

You can also get the technicals details (e.g. Building Instructions) for Android 2.3 on VAR-SOM-OM4460.


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