DENX Computer Systems Introduces Atmel SAMA5D44 and Freescale i.MX6 System-on-Modules

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Embedded World 2015 exhibition and conference will take place in Nuremberg, Germany on February 24-26, 2015, and we should expect interesting news related to MCU, industrial processors, and related development kits and boards next week. DENX Computer Systems has already unveiled two new SoM families with MA5D4 based on Atmel SAMA5D44 Cortex A5 processor, and M6R based on Freescale i.MX 6 Cortex A9 processors.

DENX MA5D4 System-on-Module

Denx_MA5D4MA5D4 SoM specifications:

  • Processor – Atmel SAMA5D44 Cortex A5 @ 528MHz with 720p hardware video decoder supporting H264/263, VP8, JPEG.
  • System Memory – 128 – 512MB DDR2 RAM
  • Storage – 4 – 32GB eMMC Flash (or optionally 256MB NAND Flash); 4 MB MByte SPI NOR-Flash;
  • I/Os via 230-pin MXM2 edge connector
    • Video Out / Display Support –  HDMI.  TFT controller, overlay support for image composition, resitive Touchscreen controller
    • Camera – CMOS image sensor interface
    • external bus A/D 25/16 bit
    • 2x 10/100MBit Ethernet, IEEE1588 support
    • 2xUSB Host / 1x USB OTG
    • RTC
    • 1x/2x CAN optionally
    • SD-card
  • Security features – On-the-fly encryption/decryption of code from external DDR, Encryption engines supporting AES/3DES, RSA, ECC – TRNG, SHA, tamper detection pins, memory content protection (secure key storage).
  • Power Consumption – ~500mW power dissipation
  • Dimensions – 70 x 40mm
DENX MA5D4 Block Diagram
DENX MA5D4 Block Diagram

The board supports U-Boot and Linux 3.x. Development or evaluation can be done with MA5D4EVK evaluation kit that comes with SAMA5D44 modules with 256MB DDR2, 4GB eMMC, a 7″ LCD with touchscreen and a power supply. The baseboard has the following specifications:

Evaluation Kit
Evaluation Kit
  • MXM socket for MA5D4 SoM
  • Storage – SD card socket
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB 2.0 OTG port
  • Video / Display – HDMI connector, and LCD flat cable header
  • Audio – Line IN/Mic IN, headphone/speaker out
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet
  • Camera port
  • 2x CAN and 2x RS-232 on DSUB9
  • Debugging – JTAG interface
  • Misc – RTC battery slot
  • Power Supply – 5V

Price and availability information has not been disclosed. You should be able to find out by contacting the company via their MA5D4 product page.

DENX M6R System-on-Module

M6R_moduleDENX M6R CPU module specifications:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX6Solo, i.MX6DualLite, i.MX6Quad Cortex A9 processor up to 800MHz/1.0GHz with Vivante GPU
  • System Memory – 512MB to 2048MB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 4 GB eMMC NAND Flash, optional up to 128MB SPI NOR Flash
  • I/Os via 3x 120-pin board-to-board connectors
    • Camera interface – MIPI/CSI2
    • Connectivity – 10/100/1000 MBit Ethernet, IEEE1588 support
    • Video/Display – HDMI, up to 2xLVDS (24 bit)
    • USB2.0 Host/OTG
    • SATA II
    • PCIe x1 2.0
    • I2, SPI, UART, CAN
    • SPDIF
    • PWM
  • Misc – Watchdog timer
  • Dimensions – 80 x 60mm
  • Temperature Range – Commercial (0°C…70°C) or Industrial  (-40°C…+85°C)
  • Production Certification – IPC-A-610 Class 3 (Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies)
DENX M6R SoM Block Diagram
DENX M6R SoM Block Diagram

This module also supports U-boot and Linux 3.x. M6REVK evaluation kit can also be provided by the company, and includes a 7″ LCD display with touchscreen, a power supply, the baseboard, and one of the three module versions:

i.MX6 SoM Evaluation Kit
i.MX6 SoM Evaluation Kit
  • i.MX6 Solo, 512MB DDR3, 4GB eMMC
  • i.MX6 DualLite, 1GB DDR3, 4GB eMMC
  • i.MX6 Quad, 4GB DDR3, 4GB eMMC

Features of the main board include:

  • 3x 120-pin board-to-board connector for M6R SoM
  • Storage – SD card socket
  • Video/Display – HDMI, and dual LVDS interface
  • Audio – Line IN/Mic IN, headphone/speaker out
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1x USB 2.0 OTG port, 1x USB 2.0 host port
  • 2x RS232 and 2x CAN on DSUB9
  • Debugging – JTAG interface

More details may be found on DENX M6R product page. Availability and pricing have not been disclosed by the company.

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