Variscite has announced a new system-on-module based on Texas Instruments Sitara Cortex A8 AM335x processors (AM3352 or AM3354) named VAR-SOM-AM33, which sells for as little as $39 US (in large quantities I assume). This SoM is available in commercial and industrial grades, and the company expects the module to be used in applications such as automotive, control systems, lighting, refining and processing.
Here are the specs of this module:
- CPU – Texas Instruments AM335x Processor @ up to 720 MHz withPowerVR SGX530 GPU (AM3354 only)
- System Memory – 256MB 606MHz DDR3
- Storage – 128 to 512MB SLC NAND Flash
- Display interface – LCD interface – Parallel RGB Supporting 1400×1050 24bit and4/5/8-Wire touch panel interface
- Audio – Line-in, line-out, stereo headphone out, digital microphone, analog microphone and S/PDIF Out
- 10/100Mbps Ethernet PHY
- 10/100/1000Mbps RGMII
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (via TI WiLink 6.0)
- Bluetooth V4.0 + EDR (via TI WiLink 6.0)
- 2 x SD / MMC / SDIO interfaces
- USB – USB 2.0 Host and USB 2.0 OTG
- Serial I/F – McASP, SPI, I2C, dual CAN bus, 5 x UARTS, up to 3.6 Mbps
- Power – Single 3.3 DC-IN power supply
- RTC with external battery
- Dimensions – 38.5mm x 67.8mm x 3.0mm – SODIMM 200 universal connector
- Temperature range
- Commercial – 0°C – 70°C
- Extended – -20°C – 70°C
- Industrial – -40°C – 85°C
Variscite provides Linux 3.2.0, Windows Embedded Compact 7 and Android 4.0.3 (ICS) BSP for this SoM. At least part of the documentation is made public such as the module datasheet and mechanical design files (DXF and 3D), the carrier board reference manual and schematics, as well as a Linux 3.2.0 Wiki explaining how to install the SDK, building u-boot and the Linux image among other things.
VAR-SOM-AM33 modules and carrier board are available now via Variscite sales. You can find more information including the documentation mentioned above on Variscite VAR-SOM-AM33 page.
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