Microchip Launches $39 Industrial Grade System-on-Module with SAMA5D2 System-in-Package

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Last fall, Microchip introduced four SAMA5D2 systems-in-package (SiP) combining the Cortex A5 processor with 16 to 128 MB DDR2 in a single package, and at the time, the company also offered ATSAMA5D27-SOM1-EK1, a fast prototyping and evaluation platform for the SiP that was designed with a baseboard and a soldered down ATSAMA5D27-SOM1 system-on-module.

The kit was available for $245, and pricing for the SiP started at around $9 per unit for 5K order. The company has now started to offer ATSAMA5D27-SOM1 module separately with pricing starting at $39 each for 100 pieces order.

ATSAMA5D27-SOM1 specifications:

  • SiP – Microchip ATSAMA5D27C-D1G SiP with Cortex-A5 MPU @ 500 MHz, 128 MB DDR2 DRAM
  • Storage
    • Microchip SST26VF064BT 64Mb Serial Quad I/O (QSPI) flash memory for boot code (Linux kernel or RTOS)
    • Microchip 24AA025E48 2Kb Serial EEPROM with EUI-48 Note Identity for the Ethernet MAC address
  • Connectivity – Microchip KSZ8081RNAIA 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet PHY for wired Ethernet connection
  • Power Supply
    • Single 3.3V supply
    • Microchip MIC2800-G1JJ Power Management IC (PMIC) providing 3 power rails for the CPU, VDD I/O and the SDRAM
  • Dimensions – 40 x 38 mm, 0.8 mm pitch
  • Temperature Range  – -40 to 85°C

The company still recommends ATSAMA5D27-SOM1-EK1 evaluation kit, which I’ve already covered in details in the first post. A free Board Support Package (BSP) is provided with the Linux kernel and drivers for the MPU peripherals and integrated circuits on the SOM, and schematics and Gerber files for the SoM are also available.  You should be able to find all those resources on the SoM and SiP product pages.

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Very slow and overpriced – it is now 2018 not 2000. How they imagine to compete with such $5 boards like NanoPI Neo for example ?