Critical Link MityARM-5CSX CoM Powered by Altera Cyclone V SoC

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.

MityARM-5CSX CoM Powered by Altera Cyclone V ARM+FPGA SoC
MityARM-5CSX CoM Powered by Altera Cyclone V ARM+FPGA SoC

MityARM-5CSX specifications:

  • 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
MityARM-5CSX Block Diagram
MityARM-5CSX Block Diagram

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.

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