Earlier this week, I wrote about EnSilica eSi-ZM1, a system-on-module based on Xilinx Zynq7000 Extensible Processing Platform that comes with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 and FPGA fabric. It turns out Xilinx is not the only game in town, and Altera’s Cyclone V SoC, announced last December, also includes a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor with Altera FPGA logic, and Critical Linux recently announced MityARM-5CSX computer-on-module based on this platform. Target applications include machine vision, scientific imaging, motor control, medical imaging and instrumentation, test and measurement, industrial instrumentation, as well as a military & aerospace.
- SoC – Altera Cyclone V SX-U672 with FPGA logic and dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 up to 800MHz
- System Memory – 1GB DDR3 RAM, and 256MB DDR3 FPGA RAM (optional)
- Storage – 32MB QPSI NOR flash
- FPGA I/O fabric:
- PCIe hard core
- Up to 145 user-programmable I/O lines (including several 875MHz SerDes lanes)
- 6x 3.124 Gbps transceivers
- Connectivity – Dual Gigabit Ethernet
- I/Os – 2x USB OTG, CAN, 2x UART, 4x I2C, 2 master / 2 slave SPI, GPIO,
- JTAG connector
- Temperature range – Commercial and industrial
- Power management functions
- Dimensions – 82 x 38mm
- Connector – MXM 3.0 right-angle connector
Critical Link will support several OS including RT Linux, Android, uC/OS, QNX, and Windows CE. Development can be done with Altera Quartus II, and the GNU toolchain.
MityARM-5CSX is expected to be available in Q3 2013 from several distributors including Arrow Electronics, Mouser, and DigiKey, and Linuxgizmos reports the price should be around $500 per unit (and one unit order). You may find more information on Critical Link’s MityARM-5CSX page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.